Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a dark black color with a beige head. The aroma is mainly just coffee and chocolate. The flavor is pretty much the same with a rather bitter finish. The palate is a little thin. Overall not bad for Redhook!
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a touch of opacity, mahogany winks along the edges and bottom of my glass now filled with db delights. I must say, she is mighty inviting to look at with her small yet firm cappuccino head and coffee-stained depths. Like a sirenís call, she beckons and as we move ever closer together, I am awash in coffee beans covered with black chocolate, chocolate graham crackers, date brownies, and a kiss of lactose for the finish. A bit simple but overwhelmingly rich with promise, as our lips meet, coffee glides across my tongue and down my throat along with melted dark chocolates for a burnt dry finish which simply brings me back for more. A couple-three quaffs in the top of my tongue continues to dry while in the backside I find faint notes of dates and prunes. The lactose side of db is an overall silkiness to his mouthfeel. Chocolate graham crackers mingle in the back with his burnt dry finish, and the rest is a simple yet tasty quaff&repeat treat.
If Red Hook would utilize these kinds of beers on a more regular basis, I might proffer more respect and recommendations. As it stands though, their regular line-up definitely disappoints so if you are a flavorholic and beer quaffer extraordinaire like me, just stick to the special one-off releases. Youíll have better luck there as I did with their db (Double Black) Stout with Coffee.
Leighton (8751) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2008 Vintage drank in 2010. Pours opaque, black-brown with a medium, beige head. Enticingly roasty aroma with plenty of chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is fairly sweet and dark/milk chocolate notes and mocha bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Finish sweet, roasty and dried out with lingering chocolate notes. Really good.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown (almost black) pour with a very impressive & large bubbly foamy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind good lacing all around the glass. Nose has a slightly acidic/chemical scent to it - not one of the stronger points of this beer.
Flavor is much better with some tasty bitter cocoa notes on top of the malty & sweet backbone. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Could be a bit more smooth and creamy, but good drinkability overall.
A little disappointing in that Iím not really getting any coffee flavors here, but overall a very solid beer.
anders37 (14818) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and chocolate aroma. Sweetism roasted malty caramel flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass.
Color is a dark brown, almost black. Think tan head that leaves the best lace I have ever seen. There was rings for each drink I drank.
Smell is of carmel and dark chocolate. Taste is similiar. The carmel comes out a little more, with a hint of coffee. Also, some dry toasted malts.
Overall, an easy to drink stout, but I was expecting a little bit more from, this beer. Still a very great beer!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2008 09:52:18
Ron (2201) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and coffee with some hoppiness showing up as well. Flavor is big roasty malt/coffee with a bit of sweetness trying to shine through, bitter finish.
popery (1219) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy, chocolatey and full of coffee, this stout fits the bill of a coffee stout, but itís just too sweet to win me over. The whole thing is a bit one note. Itís a lot of coffee flavor against a fairly sweet chocolate malt background. Well, I guess thatís more than one note, but letís not be so literal. The feel is fairly full. There are some bittering hop notes in the finish, but they donít bring a lot to the beer. This beer sort of reminds of a can of Starbuckís Doubleshot, which I donít exactly hate, but the flavors donít quite work incredibly here. Still, there are good qualities to the beer and it was made fairly well, I imagine.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Chocolate dominates the flavor with a nice malt bitter. Solid mouthfeel and good carbonation.
DialSquare (2051) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Smokin Joes in Pittsburgh. Pours black with thin tan head. Light coffee malt aroma. Crisp hoppy coffee taste. Quick review here... drinkable and tasty enough.