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Redhook Blackhook Porter - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Blackhook Porter

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236 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.23% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2000)
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Photo of brakspear
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at the Woodinville, WA brewery, this was a decent but tame porter. Deep black in color with a creamy nitro head, the beer looks very nice in the glass. Faint chocolate and hop aroma rises from the glass, but these flavors are only partially realized in the taste. Much of the character is stripped by the nitro, but the porter has a nice rich and creamy mouthfeel and is very easy to drink.

brakspear, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small sized tan head formed when this beer was poured and it had small-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The hue was black and the nose was malty.The flavor was that of coffee and the mouthfeel was smooth and light-medium bodied.This beer had good lacing to it.

hotstuff, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a 1/4" tan head. The aroma is of patent, chocolate, and roasted barley malts. The taste is good; a bit sweet in the beginning. There is a delicate balance between base and specialty grains. This beer has a whole lot of flavor. The mouthfeel is nice; not too carbonated. This is a full bodied beer that is a great sessions beer. A dark beer for dark beer lovers; complex, but highly drinkable and enjoyable.

WesWes, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Topped by a large foamy beige head. Decent lacing. Nose has some nice roasted coffee notes. Taste has echos of that roasted coffee, but not enough, and precious little else. Mild hoppy aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel. Could justify a five for drinkability becase there is so little resistance, but will grade it a 3 since my desire for another is "eh".

For all the porters that veer towards stouts, here is one that seems to be a very dark brown ale. There are not enough porters in the marketplace, but there are many better examples out there.

RonfromJersey, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I this this along with the Double Black Stout are the best from RedHook,this pours a deep brown almost black with a pretty creamy head,the aroma is not real strong a little muted,some bitter chocolate notes along with some woodiness.The taste is earthy and somewhat nutty with a light dryness,pretty tasty.Pretty drinkable for the style,could be a little fuller in aroma but not bad.

oberon, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is almost stout like in it's dark roasted quality and strong coffee overtones. Pours with virtually no head, and whatever was there leaves very quickly, leaving only a small ring on the outside. Almost black in color, with red hues when held to the light. Medium to strong in burnt quality of dark raosted malt flavor. Just hints of fruit and at times toffee, but nothering bold or outstanding. Bitterness level is on the mild side other than in the finish. Pleasant lingering taste that is mild and rather long lasting. Not particularly heavy, maybe even bordering on the thin side, yet enjoyable and lower in carbonation, but with enough to make it filling. Fairly tasty beer.

garymuchow, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery Public House, where it was called "Nitro-Porter".

This porter poured a very dark, black with hints of red if held to the light (almost opaque, but clear if held to a light). The foam was tan and creamy and long lasting. The smell was sweet, roast malt, with hints of caramel. The taste was slightly sweet: roasted malt, caramel, hints of coffee and cocoa, some chicory-like hop flavors in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The body was medium and the carbonation feel was low. There was a nice malty aftertaste. This was a very nice porter on nitro-tap.

UncleJimbo, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with ruby highlights. Low, light brown head that disappears too quickly. Aroma of toasted malt and caramel, and a faint bit of hops. Flavor is of roasted malt and bitter coffee, plus highlights of cocoa and caramel. No aftertaste whatsoever. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is very light. Not the perfect pint, but a very tasty, very drinkable porter.

far333, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of LiamStLiam
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer. I have had it from the bottle, but this time I had it on Nitro at their brewpub.

Very smooth for a Porter and a good drinking feel. I felt as though this version was smoother than the bottle and is worth trying again.

Very dark and poured very nicely by a barkeep who really knows what he's doing. It's nice to be able to try beers in different ways. It brings out different strengths. The tones were not as strong this way.

LiamStLiam, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with ruby red highlights and a nice light brown head, light carbonation, and nice lace. Nice raosty and light hoppy aroma. Big roasty coffee-ish flavor. Medium bodied (leans light) with a dry roasty finish.

A nice session beer for a "macro" even though it is a bit on the light side for the style... good intro for new Porter drinkers.

per RH website:
Grains: 2-row Klages, Caramel 40 (L), Black Malt, Roasted Barley
Hops: Willamette, Eroica, Cascade
Color: Coffee (47.0 SRM)
Bitterness Units: 32.6 IBU
O.G.: 1.0498

Bottled: 04/07/03
Tasted: 06/11/03

RBorsato, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of woemad
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, the bottle this review is coming from was bottled in late January, so that might have an effect. I have a more recent one in the fridge, and if it turns out to be different, this will be revised.

In appearance, this was very much like a cola. Not much head, what there was had a tan color and disappeared rapidly. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell was malty, with burnt coffee tones. I expected more coming from a porter.

Taste was also more subdued than what I expected from a porter. Again, malt was most obvious taste, with a dash of coffee, dark chocolate tastes. Slightly hoppy in the aftertaste. Not bad, but seemed rather weak. Mouthfeel was thinner than I'd prefer from a porter.

I think this is a beer best described as a "light porter." As such, it is not heavy the way porters can be, and is ideally suited to the beer drinker not accustomed to porter. Give this to your Corona swillin' buddy to start him off on the road to redemption!

woemad, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK bought in the regular 12 oz brown stubbie that all Redhook products came in..Like the RedHook label design.
Beer looks very pleasant when poured nice darkish brown porter colour with garnet accents when held to the light, nice creamy tan head..good lacing.
Smell is good but weak for a Baltic porter..roasted malts are evident..slight coffee aroma but weak.
Again the tatse is rather weak for style, but still nice..roasted malt predominates..i detect some hops in the after taste.
Rather watery for style in the mouth.
Despite its faults it like all RedHook products is drinkable.

Reidrover, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown, virtually black in color, without much of a head - the bit that was there dissapated quickly to a thin film. Hearty, roasted nose, very malty with hints of burnt chocolate. The mouthfeel is surprisingly good, very smooth, low carbonation. The taste however is a little watery, not as full bodied as some of my favorite porters have been. A little coffee, cocoa, a bit of hops, not much going on here. But still, a drinkable porter that is cheap and while not the best, it ain't bad neither.

nixhecks, May 23, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap yesterday Pipens in Chicago. There was a representative from Redhook that was buying folks beer. They were informative about their beers and even discussed their relationship with Bud (they were defensive about this and went to great lengths to point out AB has nothing to do with their recipes or the actual brewing of the beer. Also got to keep a cool glass!

Beer is a nice black with some ruby tones thrown in as well. Beer had a nice head and decent lacing.

The beer smelled a little to clean, the malt smell you expect was very subdued. No off smells or any hint of adjuncts.

Taste was decent but a little thin. Could have used a little more malt flavor Also, the roasted element in most porters was subdued here. Carbonation was fine.

This beer suffered by comparison to the Goose Island Cast conditioned Porter I had drank earlier in the day.

Fairly easy to drink, but would not be my first choice for a porter. Perhaps a good beer to introduce people to the style.

Redrover, May 08, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Less than average head espeically for a porter.Poured about a half inch and reduced slowly.Although,It did leave a solid wall of thick lace all the way around it didnt impress me.Opaque black in color.A sweet hop aroma that wasnt to strong.The mouthfeel was a bit watery and lacked somewhat in carbonation.Roasted malt flavors are quickly overshadowed by a long drawn out bitterness.A very average porter maybe even less than average.Maybe hints of smoke and coffee are noted but to hard to tell.

kelticblood, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first mild dark beer I remember liking. It just goes down. It has a good backbone, nice balance of malt and coffee flavors. The Mouthfeel was grand yet easy, easy yet nice hops. This is by no means a fabulous beer, but this is solid. I guess the malt, hop, and coffee flavors are all well balanced yet clearly perceptible. I sucked down two bottles before I realized I had not written a word of this review.

Naerhu, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of zacharius
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thin tan head that dissapated quickly. Blackhook seems to be a bit thin for a porter and it is also light colored for a porter, a bit lighter and it would let some light through. This makes it a much more drinkable session beer than your average porter. This beer is balanced more towards the bitter side but there are also tastes of roasted coffee. When I first served this from my fridge it seemed a bit tasteless but after the glass warmed up in my hand the flavors really came out.

zacharius, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came to the bar top a dark brown/black color that had a slight red hue on the edges when held to the light. The head was full, thick, creamy and tan in color, and the lace covered the side of the glass in rims and sheets. You could tell how much of a sip that you just took. The smells that came from this were not many, consisted of slight roasted malt, a light colored coffee (coffee that is served in your cup that is light in color d/t the cream that was added), and floral hops. The tastes that came to me were roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, light berries and fruit (very light) floral hops and a slight yeast flavor in the middle. This beer had a slight bite in the end and a floral hop aftertaste. It left me with a medium dry feeling in my mouth. A big thumbs up to the bar, they had the knowledge to serve this beer at a warmer temperature (felt like 65/67 degrees) which aided in the experience and made it worth while. I think at a colder temperature it would have lost a lot.

Jarod, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured, looked and smelled like a pot of black coffee. There was no head, just a couple of errant bubbles. The color was pitch black without a hint of light. Blackhook's smell was pure roasted, columbian coffee; very deep and earthy. It tasted chalky and dry with serious espresso and coffee notes with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very interesting. It was thin enough to be a pale ale or a bitter without any of the thickness of a porter. This was a very cool interpretation of a English porter. I will definitely buy more of this in the future.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out real dark with a beautiful head. Nice flavors in this beer. Mmmmmm... It has some solid hops and some solid malty goodness too. Feels great going down. Wet and dry all at once. This is a beer that I could drink all night, and have! Thank you Deacon for hooking up some brews down at Redhook.

scottum, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special at all in this beer. Has a relatively attractive appearance: Black and thick but pours a miniscul head. Flavor is weak: Just another porter type flavor, though it does have a heavy emphasis on sweet chocolate. Other than it is your typical porter, nothing more and nothing less.

allboutbierge, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish black....minimal tan head...nose is roasted grains...some sweet cocoa..nose somewhat subdued...I love the taste...some swweet chocolate mixed with dark baking cocoa..smooth and creamy...very drinkable if a bit thinnish...one of my favorite every day session porters..

ZAP, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing deep ruby red to almost brown color on the pour with an impressive head that dissolves into thick clinging sheets of lace that obscures the glass. Nutty sweet nose with malt, caramel also present lightly toasted or coffee aromas. Quite a sweet start, almost too much with the top being skinny and the finish nicely hopped, fair carbonation, dry aftertaste and a fair to middling porter, nothing special.

Gusler, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of Zraly
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening, I smell well-defined malt and a hint of dark roast coffee. The ale itself pours a beautiful, opaque ebony and is topped off with a decent, frothy, tan head.

This porter is true to its label "Dark, but not bitter." It isn't bitter and it doesn't really pack a punch. It has depth, but not so much that it is a challenge to drink. It is rather accessible. But, that is also why I didn't mark this brew higher. It could use a little extra splash of that "special something". It does have a nice roasty-toasty flavor to it, with hints of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar, but...nothing above and beyond the call of duty.

Overall, Blackhook is a user-friendly porter. It has flavor, it has a mild finish and seems to have an enjoyable, unassuming quality to it. This is not bad for a mass production beer. I would definately be interested in a taste of this off of the tap. Perhaps the next Seattle trip with bring about this opportunity :)

For food recommendations...a thick, char-grilled burger would do well...maybe with some onion rings to bring out the sweet undertones of the brew.

Zraly, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very dark....could be described as black. little head and lace and very little carbonation. almost no nose at all, just a hint of dark roasted malts. a nice pronounced hoppiness wafts up, too. a very smooth mouthfeel, no pronounced bitterness from the malts or hops, just a fairly dry and clean finish. some dark chocolate notes in the flavor profile...a hint of coffee too. really doesn't seem like a porter, has more of a "roasted" stout feel to it without the bold bitterness...the bottle proclaims that it is microfiltered and you can tell. seems a bit thin...in flavor too. this is a very easy drinking porter and would be an appropriate intro brew for those just getting into the world of porters and stouts. a good nightcap on a cold northern october night.

budgood1, Oct 24, 2002
Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.