Description: A collaboration between Seattle craft beer pioneers Redhook
and coffee pioneers Caffe Vita, Double Black Stout is a robust stout brewed
with Farm Direct Caffe Vita coffee, roasted and caramel malts, and plenty of
hops for a rich creamy brew." — Redhook Brewery
Random thoughts: This limited release is part of Redhook's Blueline Series. It combines two of the Pacific Northwest's favorite beverages—coffee and beer!!!
The tasting: Near black in aroma with a dark tan head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of smoke. Taste is very similar to aroma. The coffee shines through from the beginning sip. Is also has a fairly strong earthy hop bitterness that pokes through the strong roasted malt and coffee flavors. Light to medium bodied, and moderately carbonated, Double Black Stout has a slick mouth feel. The alcohol is well masked in aroma and taste. Bitterness comes from the coffee as well as the hops. It finishes with roasted malt and loads of rich coffee flavor.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Of the many coffee beers I've tasted, Double Black Stout does an excellent job of showcasing the coffee from start to finish. I just hope this won't keep me up at night!