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Redhook Blackhook Porter | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.23%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2000

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Photo of BeerAK
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Deep brown, poured with good head that dissipated rather quickly. Nutty, coffee, and light caramel come through. Not much for hop aroma but is well balanced. This is a very good brown porter.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of Feb 11, 2016. Sampled on April 29,2016.

The pour is a dark brown with a short-lived moderate off-white head. Opaque.

The aroma brings out chocolate, maybe cocoa, dark malts, low hops, and an overriding burnt butterscotch thing.

Light to medium body but still fairly smooth.

The taste also has a light chocolate character with only a mild bitter finale.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really casual and nice Porter. Drinkable is the name of the game here. The color is a little light for a Porter, somewhere between a cola and a dark tea. Nice tan head. The smell is like an English brown, pure sweet roasted malt. The taste also has a hybrid Porter/Brown thing going on: malt caramel goodness, hops in the background and just enough to balance the beer subtly, with a little chocolate malt bite on the finish. While I love my high gravity and super complex stouts, this is just a damned fine beer that I could (and will) drink all night.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, minimal head.

This beer is very nutty, as well as pretty dry with highly bitter coffee notes. I like it, the dryness makes it drinkable.

If you don't need sugar in your coffee and you like porters, then this is for you.

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Photo of Beric
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, sampler, on the brewery 'tour' at the Woodinville, WA brewhouse
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark black with an off white head that quickly collapses into nothingness, much like Redhook's other beers. Color looks fine for a porter though.

Aroma: Very weakly assertive dark chocolate and french roasted coffee notes, but nothing really interesting. Graininess also evident.

Taste: Better than the nose, with soft notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and espresso coming through. Slight burnt toast characteristic, but nothing overpowering. An enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Pretty normal for the style.

Overall: In all, a pretty decent beer and one of the best from Redhook.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Revised in April 2016 with an on tap serving.

A - opaque dark brown; minimal head (perhaps bottle beyond best by date); some sediment / none on tap.

S floral and spicy; hoppy for style /subtle (light)

T - good. Limited complexity. Slightly earthy. Malty finish

M - a bit creamy, but a tiny bit of a bite too. Light body.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is of malts, some hints of coffee, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodies in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, not much carbonation or head, what head there is fades very fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

Taste is also all roasted malt with a hint of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste, carbonation is low but presence, bit of a buttery slickness to the mouthfeel.

A fairly standard porter (much better on nitro though).

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Photo of divineaudio
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated for freshness, poured into a pint glass.

appearance is good - medium to dark brown in color with a creamy 2 finger head that clams down quickly. leaves some nice leggy lacing behind.

smells mostly of toasted malts with a bit of chocolate and dark fruit.

taste follows nose, but adds roasted and carmel malts with some mild bitterness at the end. very malt forward.

mouthfeel is pretty good. lighter and with more co2 than i was expecting, but has a bit of a syrupy quality.

drinkable, but the syrupy feel may prove to be a bit much after 2-3 of these. overall a pretty solid beer that i will be buying again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: quite dark with some brown hints when held up to a light source. One finger of quickly dissipating light tan head.

Smell: nice roasty aroma with plenty of chocolate and a little coffee. Pretty good.

Taste: nice bitter flavor up front; there is a hint of chocolate flavor that complements the bitterness well. Aftertaste develops into a slightly astringent roasted flavor with a slight flavor of ash or burnt wood. Quite interesting -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body but pretty high carbonation for the style. It's not really creamy in texture, but it is pretty smooth.

Drinkability: a solid porter. I wouldn't hesitate to have a couple of these in most settings.

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Photo of FishScales
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on cask at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA and it was pretty good. They had 2 available on cask, the Blackhook and Winterhook. The blackhook when I had it was just put available on cask and I enjoyed it. I am not usually a porter drinker, however I enjoyed this one. It wasn't too thick or too much on the flavor which I liked. It was a very smooth, enjoyable beer. I think for people who are like me and don't normally enjoy the darker porter/stouts, this one is definitely a good one to have. The head on the beer was perfect, and the color was beautiful. It was recommended to me by a friend who is a mug club member there, definitely a good beer.

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Photo of spencerw
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine bought a sixer of the Black Hook Porter and I was anxious to try one myself. I haven't really spent much time exploring Porters and its traditionally not a first or second grab style for me. It was actually a pretty great brew! Redhook did a good job with this one.

A: Pours a nice dark brown, almost black colored body with a 2 inch head minimum that leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Smell is pretty sweet malty with a very obvious smell of caramel and chocolate. Smells fresh and inviting though.

T: The caramel / chocolate really takes control at your first taste sense before it transpires into a very refreshing, clean, semi sweet brew. Medium body. Not much of a hop character with this one but a very good Porter.

D: It could be a good, moderate session beer. 2-3 and you'd probably want to move on to something else. Very good though. Very clean and fluid and went very well with the pizza we were eating.

Overall, one of the Top 5 best Porters I have had for sure and I would absolutely recommend someone trying this.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/20/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown yet very clear as mentioned in OtherShoe2's review. Topped off by a short lived, one finger beige head that disappeared pretty quick. Not much lacing.

S- Light coffe, bitter dark chocolate.

T- Same as the nose just a little more roasty.

M- Light to medium body, pretty smooth.

D- Went great with the roast beef sandwich I had for dinner. I could see plowing through a six of this pretty easy. All in all, nothing spectalular but decent. I would say barely a porter though.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown color pour with a short offwhite head,medium carbonation. Aroma of coffee,rasins , and light chocolate with hints of roast. Flavor is roasty,with some chocolate and a bit of coffee , maybe a hint of hops . Thin body with a slightly oily mouthfeel , very sessionable . I find this to be one of the better offerings I've had from Redhook but as Porter goes it's nothing I would deem as special.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown -- complete clarity when held up to the light (not hues, but literally can read the print on the other side of my pint glass). Head is off-white and gone in a flash -- minimal lacing.

Disappointed here in the scent category. Very mild coffee/cocoa aromas, but the domination is the faint grassy/sour beer aroma that reminds me a bit of a macro.

This one tastes like a watered down black lager. Some slight sweetness and deep roasted malt, but you have to dig for it. Finishes with flat bitterness (meaning, just bitter, not a bitter flavor associated with -- say coffee, or the like).

Watery and thinner than expected mouthfeel. it helps in the drinkability, as surprisingly I think this would pair well with food. This is so far from what I would call porter that I'd actually consider drinking this with a pizza (and thus the higher drinkability mark). I was gifted a 6 of this stuff, and would never buy this for myself. Not horrible, but I'm not seeking this out again.

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Photo of deg
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had the beer from draught. A nice black color with a thick head. Initially the beer had a sour taste, but after several sips the sour taste faded. I'm not sure what the source of the sour taste was. The aftertaste was nice and roasty, and there was a light creaminess from the nitro.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Dark brown, with a nice small head, that did leave some lace on the glass.

smell - Chocolate, cofee, and nuts.

taste - Mild roasted flavor here, some nuts little bit of a lager aftertaste.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, but nothing big, wasn't that bad of a beer, but nothing to crave about.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A reasonably functional ale but otherwise purposefully modest and cloaked in ambiguity. Blackhook has a vague molasses sweetness with grounded bittering. It is low in suds, produces no lace, and can best be described as a beer of absences: no roastiness, crispness, or jazz.

Workable, but otherwise too ordinary for words.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown/black color. Has a foamy head at pour, and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses smell, some bitterness lingering

Taste: Sweet molasses malty chocolate. Rich, with a taste of bitter chocolate and coffee as well - some hops in the background

Mouthfeel: Mild thickness, when drinking from a glass where you see it,the clarity plays down the richness. When drinking from a bottle, my mouth was fooled into thinking it was a little darker than it looked. Nice bitter aftertaste from bittering hops, blends into a tasty nut afterwards causing me to want more. I would say the aftertaste is very good.

Drinkability: Its a nice rich porter-not an imperial and as such, I was impressed. I would drink it again, and I think the taste grew on me more as I finished a six pack over a few nights .

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light black with a small tannish head. Nose is roasty with some espresso, cocoa and toasted malts. Taste is average, kind of toasted with light hints of cocoa. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. A drinlable porter in my book but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, appears clear with a strong backlight with some garnet highlighting. Dark tan head rises a couple centimeters off the pour, but retains poorly.

S-Prominent chocolate aromas, bright at forward. A slight, almost faint roasty character with just a hint of caramel.

T-Chocolate up front, which melds into a mild roasted character. A caramel malt tone floats over the rest. Hop bitterness adds slight balance, with a just-detectable hoppy undertone. Aftertaste is of bitter chocolate.

M-Medium body, pleasantly moderate carbonation. Glides easily along my tongue and down my throat.

D-Quite high, really. Nice flavor and very smooth. I'd love to drink this one more often.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Almost black with ruby highlights with an ivory medium creamy head that leaves good lacing.

S-Very strong coffee and roastiness in the nose. Some caramel in the back.

T-Strong coffee flavor with a soft but bold bitterness with caramel to keep a balance, also lots of roasted barley goodness.

M-Medium to full bodied and very creamy and smooth. A little dry in the end, (which is not bad).

D-Very drinkable, very impressed by Redhook!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 finger head with very good retnetion and a dark brown color.

Smell is of some dark malts, it is faint though. There is a hint of a coffe like smell as the beer warms. Dark Malts dominate the nose.

Dark malts dominate the nose. It seems to be black patent that is prevalent. A little bit of esters come out as the beer warms. The dark malts are balanced by a nice hop bitterness and flavor, but I want more caramel malt sweetness.

Decent mouthfel, clings well to the palate with a decent amount of body.

This is a simple porter that I could session. Not bad at all.

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Photo of John031989
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a standard porter. Black with a two finger head that drops to a thin layer of froth leaving rings of lacing.

Tastes like an iced coffee once all the ice has melted. Weak coffee and chocolate notes. Maybe it's a new style: diet porter...

Mouthfeel is completely out of style. For me, a porter with the consistency of a macro is unpleasant. Also, the carbonation is a bit too much.

Overall, this was a disappointment. I rarely am not happy with porters, but this one just got it wrong. It's not drain-pour, but I won't be getting anymore.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/28/2006 (Tap @ the Brewery, Woodinville, WA):

Pours a body that is black in color, with a big frothy head, tan big bubbles, and good lacing. Has an aroma of chestnuts, some slight coffee, and chocolate. A nice coffee taste, sweet, malts, nuts. Watery-not thick. Okay.

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Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
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