Redhook + Caffe Vita = Double Trouble

Redhook’s newest Brewmaster, Jen Talley, is making her mark on the local and national beer scene. Two medals at this month’s Great American Beer Festival for the Pilsner and Winterhook, and now a sure-to-be-winner and fan-favorite Double Black Stout.

Bloggers and other media folks were invited to a pre-release tasting of this “new” offering from one of the premier brewers in the country in a funky little loft in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

This beer is actually a reintroduction of a style made years ago on Redhook’s Blueline system. Back then it used coffee from a small local coffee company called Starbucks  This year’s batch uses coffee from up-and-coming Caffe Vita. It produces a rich, aka robust, brew that is definitely coffee in flavor but with a sturdy stout backbone. It is well balanced and “tight”. Flavors are well-focused and “purposeful”.

So, what does it taste like? Good. Really good. I’d say coffee stout on steroids, but it was somehow coffee intense without being intense, that is to say, not hoppy, not bitter, bold, balanced and well, what are the right words?

It does not have the soft mouth-feel of an oatmeal stout, nor a hoppy bite of an imperial stout. It has no pretentious chocolate aspirations. I guess it is kind of its own unique sensation. Definitely coffee, but not in-your-face coffee. It is something to have with toast and eggs in the morning, or an after-dinner wake-up, and probably would be good in a stout float, but why dilute the delicious flavor of this beer with ice cream?

It is on its way to a store near you. I recommend it. ♥♥♥♥♥

Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner