Redhook Double Black Stout | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Double Black StoutRedhook Double Black Stout

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with coffee.

Added by Todd on 12-10-1998

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber purchased at the NH brewery into a pint glass.

Pours jet black, complete darkness. Nice building brown head. Laces.

Smells initially more chocolately, though darker, than coffee. Roasted notes. Smell matures into espreso over time.

Taste is a really nicely balanced malt with a hop that builds as the beer progresses. Taste morphs into black coffee over time - starts like a stout, warms to a coffee, if that makes any sense.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness builds.

Solid stout, good drinkabiliy.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook double black coffee stout

A pretty hard pour produced a short lived mocha head with nice sticky
lace. Served half a bomber into a snifter.

Nose is big time roasty malts, rich espresso, and some hop flower.

Taste follows suit. Very roasty malts, iced coffee, faint powdered
cocoa, and some floral hop at the end. Finish is long and robust.
Alcohol is not noticeable even as the beer warms.

Feel is actually a little thin, but its not watery. Its a little oily
when swallowed, likely due to the coffee.

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Photo of glaze0101
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Double Black Stout is a limited release beer. It was originally created in 1995, but Redhook stopped making it in 2000. Then, in 2008, they brought it back as a limited release.

The aroma is malty with... you guessed it, coffee. Smells great. Many people have stressed the coffee part. True, it has coffee in the aroma and flavour. There is also a hint of toffee and chocolate. As an imperial stout is true to style, full bodied with a good mouthfeel. It is not creamy, it is big. There is a bitterness, almost like bitter chocolate, in the aftertaste.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber to a dark brown color with thin to no tan head and absolutely no lacing. Fortunately, appearance was the only negative. Aroma is a very hearty and pleasant malt chocolate-toffee with a hint of nuts, though I can't detect coffee. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the watery side, but still tingly and pleasant. Taste takes the malt chocolate and toffee of the mouth and accentuates them, adding a hint of alcohol at mid-glass aas the beer warmed. Rounds to a nice long, smooth finish. Good job on a winter warmer by Redhook

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Photo of Minotaur
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oily black with a billowy white head. This beer is nearly opaque and even with a substantial pour has only minimal carbonation. There is no significant lacing and the head quickly fades to a halo.

The aroma is malty with a slight amount of coffee and chocolate. There is a predominant roasty sweetness.

The flavor is bitter with roasted malt, dense with java and and grainy notes. There is little hops but an ongoing bitterness from the toasted flavor. It is all counter-balanced by a very sweet milky aftertaste. The grains are somewhat dry but not mouth-puckering as are some coffee stouts.

It is very very smooth to drink and has a soft, satisfying mouthfeel.

A very drinkable and enjoyable coffee stout.

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Photo of animal69
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- batch 08-0410 dated 10/09/08, pours a dark reddish-black color w/ a thin lt. brown cap which has little to no life, very little lace as well

S- a chocolate and dark roasted grain smell, some subtle hints of coffee and vinous dark fruits present as well as some "assy" hops

T- taste is similar to smell with more chocolatey dark roasted malts in the forefront, some woody flavors blend w/ bitter coffee and dried fig, a strange almost "tangy" sour note to it all but adds instead of detracts, finish is bitter but balanced

M- a fairly dry version of an Am. RIS with a med. mouthfeel and nominal co2, kind of a thin feeling to it

D- a fairly drinkable brew, just not impressive

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the brewery (portsmouth) at the end of the tour which is short but wonderfully informative (thanks Byron). I was completely blown away. It didnt hurt that I was a few pints deep from the restaurant already.

I ended up buying a case at the store there and bringing it back home (syracuse NY).

Its been 2 weeks and its almost gone and I have to say its great for a stout. A little weak at colder temperatures but once you hit the 50 degree mark it opens up into a sweet coffee tasting almost caramel flavor with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

It pours thick and has little head retention so presentation isnt off the charts but taste makes up for it.

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared tonight after about a year in the cellar, in to Double Bastard glasses.

Pours thick with a thin white head that didn't stick around long. Obviously, this was dark as they get. Smell of dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee. Wonderful! Taste was of dark roasted espresso beans and dark chocolate. Wonderful flavors that leaned straight to the coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was not as thick as the flavor and had a bittering aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer a lot as a finishing the night beer. Wish I had more, would pair this with a nice desert.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 08-0410. Bottled on Oct 09 08

Picked up two bottles of this after thoroughly enjoying it at the brewery in Portsmouth. Now that I'm sitting in the quietness of my home I can really dig in and get a better appreciation for this beer.

Poured into a pint glass. Dark, dark, brown, essentially black in color with a creamy tan head on top. Lacing on the glass.

The first smell that hits my nose isn't coffee, but a robust mocha, chocolate aroma. Smells delicious. Further swirling of the glass does bring out some coffee, but cocoa and chocolate are front and center.

Like the aroma, the first sip brings out rich, smooth, chocolate. Following this is some roasted coffee, which also adds a touch of bitterness to the beer, but overall everything stays pretty smooth. I remember this being a harsher beer with more coffee flavor when I had it on tap, but this bottle is very smooth. Much more chocolate and fudge flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice body, maybe a little thinner than other imperial stouts, but this leads to high drinkability. Not to mention that the delicious flavor of this beer keeps bringing my hand back to the glass.

Overall, this is the best beer I have had from Redhook so far. Rich, smooth, chocolaty, with a touch of coffee. This is one drinkable beer. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had some at the brewery then picked up a few to go. Poured into a pint glass, revealing deep almost opaque blackish body and a decently thick tanned head. Some lacing. Smells only a little and like burnt toast and coffee with notes of soap.

Tastes very yummy despite lack of strong smells. Very roasty, slightly sweet and in the same breath slightly sour. Lots of dark malt flavor and bitterness with a little coffee thrown in. Some candied date at the beginning of everything in with the initial sweetness, but at the end there is nothing but smooth bitterness and malty goodness. Carbonation is small and mouth-filling without being abrasive. Makes the body smooth and creamy, decently heavy. Having a bitter ending but without dryness makes it very drinkable. I'd love to replace breakfast coffee with this.

Potentially my favorite Redhook brew. An admirable AIS.

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Photo of fropones
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Oct 08 08. Batch 08-0410

A - Black with only the faintest hint of light coming through the corners. Very small mocha head comes from a vigorous pour and dissapears just as quickly.

S - Chocolate and dark roasted malts with a hint of coffee. A hint of dark fruits as well.

T - More burnt malt and stale coffee. The faintest hint of fusel alcohol esters as well as some dark chocolate coated figs. Not an overwhelming amount of coffee, or bitterness for that matter. Hops more than likely mellowed out over time.

M - Leaves a lot to be desired. This beer needs a much bigger body to it; it is too watery for a double stout.

D - Good, will probably finish this whole bomber in no time.

Overall, this is a good American Stout, but when we start calling it an imperial stout, it is overall lacking.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits black with a decent sized dark brown rim. thick creamy head

Smell: lots of chocolate with a hint of coffee

Taste: lots of chocolate with some coffee. finish is mostly roasted with only a slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body. low carbonation. creamy

Notes: this was an '08 vintage (probly early '08). i personally like lots of chocolate so this one is perfectly balanced with coffee and chocolate. im guessing the hop and roast bitterness was well mellowed out. i would be surprised if the chocolate was supposed to be as obvious as it was but it was absolutely delicious in my opinion

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice malty nose with a roasted coffee preamble of what is to come with the first sip. Pours jet black with a nice deep tan head that is thick and chunky and renders a nice lace that is very sticky.

taste is a really packed with nice dark roasted coffee and dry hops. Really nice malt sweetness to complement the coffee and the mouth feel is like velvet. Hints of chocolate are present on tounge

An excellent coffee stout at a great price of $5 for a bomber compared to many mediocre $6-$8 bomber offerings.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bomber into pint.

A- A nice rich color with a thin but creamy head. Head is caramel in coloration. Par for the course, mild lacing as well.

S- Coffee! The standard malt sugary sweetness is right behind it. Smell is not too complex but is pretty inviting.

T- Pretty damn good. A rich, robust black coffee essence, moreso than most coffee stouts. The real dealmaker is on the back end when you exhale... pure coffee. That being said, this one retains the stout aspect that some others (Peche Mortel, for one) seem to lose. This is a beer first, a coffee beer second, and damn tasty any way you like it. I thought as I cracked this that I might be getting burned out from all the coffee stouts I've had recently. Nope! This one did the trick for me.

M- Fantastically coffee-d up with enough beer character to keep this thing a-rollin. A very impressive beer, thick, creamy, a bit bitter.... mmm!

D- Fairly high. A few shades lower ABV wise than most RIS/DS/IS brews, this may be the key. Not cloyingly sweet, overpowering, or any of that. I drank this one quickly, and would buy some more for sure. And at 1/2 the price of some other bombers, I have to give this one the 5 for 5 for drinkability. Really really impressed, totally not expecting this one to blow me away like it did.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber, batch #08-0410. Poured into a Guinness pint. A nice two finger, light tan head dies down to a heavy lacing above a dark brown/almost black body with chestnut highlights. It smells of dark, roasted malts, hints of sweetness, not at all the coffee nose I was looking for, a little bit of bitter cocoa. Taste is more of the same, coffee bitterness is present but it lacks much coffee flavor, less complexity than I need from a coffee stout. This brew has a medium body, good carbonation. Overall this did not impress me, I wish I hadn't picked up four bottles, but I remember it being much better on tap at the brew house, so I may have just waited to long with this one.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark Brown, dirty brown head. Head falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace.

Very heavy roasted nuts and bitterness from hops.

Heavy roasted malt, slightly sweet at first and finishes very bitter. Flavor lingers for quite a while, pretty much the only detracting feature.

Smooth and creamy. Very mild carbonation and very full bodied.

Due to the bitterness, you really have to slow down on this one. Good but a sipper.

I always fall for the "special, limited , last chance edition." Usually steers me pretty well, this beer included.

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Photo of ralree
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 08-0410

A: Deep brown, almost black, with a nice brownish-white head. Head retention is great, lacing is decent.

S: Coffee, vanilla, hops, dark fruit, really nutty, a bit of metallic smell.

T: Coffee like mad - super bitter. Nice hoppy backing - adds to the bitterness, but in that rich hop oily way. Fruit comes out a little, but not too much. Aftertaste is coffee and some metal, but that's acceptable given the strong coffee aftertaste.

M: Thick, chewy, heavy body, dry though, carbonation low, just slightly astringent.

D: Good, but hard to put down fast. The insanely strong coffee taste and the heavy body makes one want to drink it slowly.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, almost black in color with minimal head and lacing. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee and vanilla. Taste is of medium roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla and earth. The mouthfeel is on the lower end of medium bodied, slightly watery which makes it the main downfall of this beer. Overall, decent taste, but should be thicker, creamier and smoother.

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a 16oz Pint glass at home from a 22oz bottle

Appearance: dark, black with a tan head about two fingers tall, died to only surface lacing in less than 2-3 minutes.

Sweet chocolate and vanilla scents are noticed just before you drink and notice the slight bitterness and coffee flavours. It has a warm silky feel in the mouth and I knew right away that I could drink this often. It's not too over powering but really mild and mellow. A great one for sipping on a cold night.

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Photo of hdofu
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really malty stout. Rich and malty. Semisweet you can taste the chocolate in the finish. A really pretty dark stout with a dark tan head. Reminds me a bit of the guiness extra stout. The beer is smooth but a little bit more thick then some. A drinkable not to harsh beer.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque jet black with a big tan frothy head that is at least two fingers worth, but quickly dissipates to just a thin layer that lasts for a while.

Roasted malt aromas, as well as barley, hints of milk/vanilla, and coffee are just secondary. It becomes a bit toastier as it warms, and subtle notes of hops come through as well.

Roasted malt, slightly more burnt than others within the style, coffee is certainly present, and again faint earthy hops at the finish.

Medium body, not nearly as chewy as others, medium carbonation, slightly drying on the mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, somewhere in the middle for the style. Worth a try for sure. I think if this stacked up in any other category, it would be a must try, but amongst the robust/flavorful competitors, its just pretty good versus excellent.

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Photo of deg
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. I couldn't see anything through this beer. There was a coffee brown head on it. Smelled of coffee and a little roasted malt. The taste was dominated by the coffee, but there was a hint of sweetness and malt in there. Surprisingly creamy. Drinking this beer was almost like drinking coffee with a little cream in it.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a touch of tan foam and no lace retention. The smell of semi-sweet roasted malts was evident. The taste was of roasted malts that had a sour/bitter flavor along with just a hint of coffee or chocolate. Not impressed with this limited edition. For me, the balance of components just didn't make it. Although, it did get better as this stout warmed up. Not a lot better, just better than at first drank out of the fridge!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Pours a dark brown (no double black!) with a nice finger of fizzy dark tan head that slowly drops off and leaves patches of lacing down the glass.

I was expecting more coffee in the nose but there's only faint coffee grounds, a whiff of dark fruits, some sweetness and roasting malts.

Taste is smooth and easy going. No bold coffee notes here. Relaxed mlik and coffee notes with just a faint hop bitterness in the end, some smooth roasting malts, just a touch of alcohol in the back (faint). Smooth carbonation.

Not an overly bold beer which makes it more of a straight up stout but it's working for me. The body is too light and the alcohol/bitterness in the end get a touch wearying by the end but all in all it's quite an easy drinking stout that would appeal to those who don't go for the coffee bombs.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As often as the malts for Imperial Stouts get described as "coffee", something clicked when I saw this at the store. Pours jet black (of course), with a brown foamy head. At first the head fills more of the mug than the beer.

I smell the coffee already, and my nose is nowhere near the mug. Gotta admit that worried me for a moment, but eh, I'll try anything once. Here goes...

The coffee is nowhere near as strong as it smells, blends in nicely with the brew. Expected an aftertaste but didn't get one. Just barely enough hop bitterness to cut through, goes down lightly creamy.

I'm pleasantly surprised, would definitely get it again...

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Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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