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Redhook Double Black Stout

Formerly brewed at Redhook Brewery
Style: Stout
Woodinville, Washington USA


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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Redhook Double Black Stout is the only beer of its kind in the world. Making the most of two well-known Northwest products, this extraordinary brew marries the sweet, smoothness of classic stout with the rich complexity of fine coffee. The recipe is a closely guarded secret.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle from 10-8-08. Pours black with a very thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses, soy with a hint of oxidation. Not a lot of coffee in the aroma. maybe due to age. Flavor is dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from curly- thanks, Jason! Brought it to The Royale on the "Black" themed night. Didnít realize, though, that this was bottled 10/8/08 and I guess I read the batch (04-0810) as the date and thought this was a couple years younger than it was. Anyway, the nose showed a little oxidation before dark chocolate, soy, molasses, and really not much coffee. The flavor provides more coffee, along with dark chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Light-bodied (itís fallen out), with low carbonation and a thin, smooth mouthfeel that doesnít linger. Pretty good despite having fallen off due to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle, probably two years on it. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tan head. Very faint fuzzy chocolate, cocoa, and coffee, roast. Just on the thin side of medium bodied, a bit of oxidization, old malt, prunes. Certainly some age evident on this one. Finishes with some more prune, a little bit more chocolate, and a touch of warming alcohol. Probably a bit too old and Iíd guess was at itís peak maybe a year ago. Still ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a solid black with a big fluffy tan head that sticks around forever. Smells of coffee and roasted grains, little bit of chocolate syrup and a chalky aroma as well. Taste is coffee and chocolate some toffee and butter. Has a bitter hop and roast finish. Mouthfeel is a thin syrup, body is medium to thin, carbonation is low. Not anything spectacular here. Iím not sure I would call this a double or imperial stout, but I would drink this. The only thing holding me back is the 7.99 price tag when there are much better bombers of stout available at that price point or lower.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
07-Nov-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 01-Nov-08 for $4.99 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Dark brown with good clarity when pouring from the bottle, and neither black nor opaque in the glass either. A small, quarter-inch tan head forms immediately, but soon settles to a thin ring. Aromas of roasted (almost burnt) coffee, oatmeal and yeast arenít especially enticing compared to many other coffee stouts. Echoing the nose, the burnt, bitter character of the coffee (more than the coffee itself) is the dominant flavor against a pleasant backdrop of lightly sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Medium in body, the beer has a weight closer to a porter than a stout, so it comes across as a bit thin, not offering the rich layers I remember from many years ago. Carbonation is light and soft, but the bitterness adds harshness that prevents the beer from exhibiting much smoothness. Overall, this is a decent beer, but fails to live up to the lofty expectations of my memory. But then again, seven years is a long time and Iíve certainly come a long way in developing my palate and beer knowledge since those early days. Worth purchasing a bottle for the historical value, and to try it once, but itís not likely to be a repeat purchase for me.

25-Sep-01 (bottle) This very dark and opaque beer tastes very much like a strong Starbuckís coffee; Rather thick, slightly sweet and exceedingly bitter from the coffee; The bitterness is strongest in the finish and just lingers; Surprisingly a rather soft-spoken nose, but still that of coffee; Thick rich head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dregs (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Aroma: chocolatey, coffee, plums, hint of bourbon Appearance: dark brown almost black pour with mocha colored fluffy head that quickly receeded. Taste: medium sweetness with a bitter finish from dark roasted malt. Palate: medium fading to light body with active fizz with roasted malt finish. Overall: First impression leads me to beleive this is going to be well rounded kaleidoscope of flavors but after drinking the plums, chocolate and coffee seem to quickly disappear. Maybe Iím just spoiled from drinking too many IMPERIAL stouts where I believe this is just supposed to be a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours black with a tan head. Flavor and aroma are dominated by chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2010
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.

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