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Redhook Blackhook Porter | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 278
Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitro tap at the Portsmouth Brewery into a pint glass, this dark beauty shows a very deep coffee color with rose touches at the edges, a Guinness-like tan head and plenty of lacing to boot. The aroma is a mild coffee malt with a vague hint of citrus. The first taste is a silky and clean but mild charcoal, some coffee bean and vanilla. A bit more like a stout by my way of thinking but a pleasant pint either way, quite drinkable, not very strong in any one respect but there is enough coffee bitterness to keep it interesting. I don't pick up much on the advertized chocolate side of this brew, but no matter. A very nice feel, creamy, very worthwhile on tap.

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Photo of albern
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Gas Light Co. in Portsmouth, right next door to the Portsmouth Brewing Co. The beer has all the makings of a dry Irish stout. It is inky black, has a very smooth creamy off white tannish head. It doesn't have the efforvescence of a Guinness, but it does have the nose that points to chocolatey, roasted, and dry malts. The taste is unfortunate. It doesn't have the nice hoppy balance of a porter and it is really lacking the character of an Irish Dry Stout. It is dry, slightly bitter, but not nearly creamy enough, and just lacking an Hibernian character. This beer really isn't all that good and really doesn't do justice to the American Porter label either.

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

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation nice little tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate notes. The taste is malty, slight hop note, with some toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not a bad brew.

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

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side Day and had it poured into a pint glass...

Let me first say that I have very much disliked just about every offering that Redhook has to offer. That being said, this one changed my mind...but only slightly.

A: Pours a decent dark brown with a dark khaki colored head. Not as black as most, as there are some light browns and reds in the color.

S: Smell is pretty sweet with tons of caramel. Not much else in the smell besides maybe a touch of roast and chocolate.

T: The caramel really takes over on this one and leads to its sweetness. For a porter, this has way too much caramel and not enough roast in my opinion.

Overall, the best showing Redhook as made so far. Not great, but I would say it is decent and worth a pint if you have the chance.

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


Appearance: Dark, dark brown/black color. Has a very nice, foamy head which lasts awhile and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: This beer has a sweet, molasses smell which the bitterness condtradicts nicely. Has a hint of chocolate with a slight malty scent as well.

Taste: Like the smell, it has a heavy sweet, molasses taste up front. Very malty and rich, with the tastes of unsweeted chocolate and coffee as well.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth, this beer fells midly thick and almost fizzt after a few moments. The aftertaste starts out with a bitter kick up front, which decreases quickly into a woody, toasted nuts taste.

Drinkability: This is a good, rich porter to drink while sitting in front of the tv, having a conversation with someone, playing a video game, etc. It seems a little heavy to eat with, but a very good beer to enjoy while sitting back. Check this one out.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, rich brown/black color with amber highlights. I poured this beer quite aggressively, however I could not produce much of a head. The retention is poor and the lacing is decent.

S: The primary notes of this beer include molasses, caramel, toasted malts, a touch of alcohol and possible some dark fruits

T: Roasted/smoked malts, chocolate!, caramel, molasses, toffee, alcohol notes...very nice tasting brew right here

MF: Very smooth. Medium/full in body with a very soothing, creamy feel. The aftertaste is of chocolate and roasted malts

D: High! This beer is very drinkable

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Photo of tbeck
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black with a little coming through. Seemed thin during pouring, had a thin brownish-white head. Aroma was of hops with a slight hint of chocolate and malts. Taste was good, lots of chocolate, some hops and malts. Slight bitterness and aftertaste was of coffee, but good. Good mouthfeel, although thin for a porter. Not on the chewy side. Enjoyable, would not mind having a couple in a sitting. Six-pack may be a little much, it is on the heavy side.

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

A: Not much head to go with the dark brown, mostly black color, but it looks appealing.

S: A little nutty, generic roasted malt aromas, and toast.

T: Similar to the smell - somewhat woody, too. More hoppy than I expected. Thoughts of a campfire come into my head, and the associated flavors linger for a whiile.

M: Pleasant, with appropriate carbonation.

D: This beer was fine, but it's not all that inspiring. I'm not dying for more.

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Photo of scooter231
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coffee flavor with a tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaves a slight ring of foam around the edges. Smells nutty, toasty, and bready. Espresso notes and a hiiiint of chocolate and hazelnut.

Taste is far more bitter- reminds of me a strong cup of starbucks, with that heavily roasted almost burned taste to it, but I dig that kind of coffee, so I don't mind it. Has a strange citrus twist near the end... like lemon peel or something. I don't hate it but it's strange. All of the really tasty chocolate and hazelnut in the nose is lost here.

Mouthfeel is very weak, very watery. Not the thinnest mouthfeel I've encountered, but probably the thinnest in a porter.

Overall I'm not sure I'd want more of these. It's not bad, it's just... not flavorful enough, not enough to balance out the burnt flavor, and the mouthfeel is just too weak.

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Photo of brdc
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Very dark brew, with just some reddish highlights, and an average light tan head that does not hold very well, but leaves nice lacing behind.
Aroma is decent, standard roasted malts with a predominance of coffee.
Medium bodied, it has a decent but not complex roasted malt taste, with a dry finish.
Not special, but good.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a murky dark brown with a tan frothy tan head. Aroma is faint but I detect dark bitter chocolate and some smoke. Taste is much the same as the aroma with restrained hop flavor but moderate hop bitterness, interesting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a decent American porter but it could use a bit more hop flavor and the mouthfeel was a bit thin. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, apparently dated 07-01-07 maybe thats a serial number

A- pours a dark chocolate color with very little carbonation. the slight head forms and quickly disappears. It is thick looking, no doubt.

S- The nose is a full on mix of malts - chocolate and roasted malts are behind this thing. Has a clear sweetness to it with perhaps some phenolic undertones.

T- Starts off with a balance of bitter backdrop and burnt coffee flavors. Sweet throughout. Rolls to a nice burnt sweet flavor at the end. Very pleasing.

M - Creamy and thick feeling on the palette. Not dissatisfying.

D- Feels somewhat heavy on the gut as I drink it. The alcohol is by no means overwhelming. This may be a nice winter warmer type beer.

Almost seemed like a stout to me with its flavors - but then porters are probably close enough.

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

Nicely presented, with two fingers of tan head capping a rich, deep brown body. Yet that's as good as this one gets. Modest aroma with the requisite components--chocolate, a touch of coffee, the faintest amount of caramel--but little stands out. The more I drank this, the more bothersome it became. The taste is thin and a bit sour, and the chocolate and coffee flavors recede in favor of a bitter, but vaguely lemony flavor. Not pleasant, and these adversely affect the mouthfeel.

This was a downer, and not a very good porter. So many better versions exist--Arcadia's London Porter, Anchor Porter, Edmund Fitzgerald, Bell's Porter, Sam Adams Honey Porter, Bully!, and more just off the top of my head. I'd pass on this.

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Photo of drxandy
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

poured from 12oz bottle, head dissapated quickly

deep opaque brown in shade
smells of various deep malts, alcohol
tastes like a bitter variation on a porter, nicely hopped, but not one of my favorite porter styles automatically, albiet unique for a porter.

mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, like an ipa gone dark with a twist

overall i wouldn't purchase again, but was surprised by this one - not the same version of a porter i would expect, and definately hoppy in a good way

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this on nitro-tap at the Barley House in Concord, NH. Came out dark and opaque, although tilting it in the glass revealed a very deep ruby-brown mixture. Head came to about an inch and lasted for a few minutes before dissolving.

The beer had a thin roasted barley aroma, and that was the predominant taste on the palate. Some hops, some malt tastes, but not much more. It had a very thin mouthfeel, thinner than water, thinner than Guinness.

This porter isn't anything to write home about, although it makes for a great session beer.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short Version:
This is not a great porter. Weak, seltzery, and dry with a roasty metallic dishwatery tang.

Poured a deep mahogony with a ruby tinge when held up to the light. Not opaque. 1 finger khaki head that didn't stand up very long. Lace was sparse but visible.

On the nose I got almost a sour-citrus dishwater scent. Not strong but also not particulary pleasing. Some malty undertones as well.

Taste is mildy roasty with some burnt coffee and a strong seltzery citrus tang with what I can only describe as a metallic dishwatery flavor. Dry indeed and a tad bitter.

Highly carbonated and surprisingly light bodied. I'd put it on the light side of medium. Flavor is pretty low overall too.

Mouthfeel doesn't really remind me of beer. More like a soda fountain Sprite where the syrup ran out after the first 1" poured.

Finish is way too long. Metallic and bitter in the wrong way.

I won't be buying this beer again. Overall I'm disappointed. Although I've only rated 2 RedHook beers so far my memory of their other beers had me expecting more. Hopefully thinsg pick up a bit with their other ones. I'll keep trying them for now but I'm definitely done with the porter. Maybe I got a bad batch? This one is a little long in the tooth but not enough to completely tank the flavor I suspect.

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Photo of Avryle
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap @ Old Chicago- one of the few decent beers on tap though they did pour it into a chilled pint... amateurs.

A- Sexy nitro-tap pour. Guiness-esque in appearance- an opaque black with a thick creamy head that peaks when touched.

S- Lots and lots of roasted malts. Not much else

T- Very similar to the nose- lots of roasted sweet malts with some dry nutiness.

M- body was a bit on the thin side, but the nitro-tap pour lent a silky creaminess to it

D- Unexciting, but the mouthfeel was nice and the body light to make this easily consumable

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Photo of mentor
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stamped 080707. Pours a two finger soda pop tan head over a clear dark brown liquid. Smells grass and woody english hops over chocolate, macademia nut, and wet malt sweet. Dash of sour.

Tastes minty, blackberry, and woody english hops (so, I guess that would be Northern Brewer) over strong choclate malt over nutty with mild roasty character. The roast is borderline scorched and not particularly pleasant. Drying finish partly due to carbonation cleaning the palette. Aromatic grassy hop character rises up the back of the throat. Not terribly complex, but is drinkable. Md body with some silky. Carbonation is too strong for my preference of the style.

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Photo of bassmantin
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately dark brown/black with a negligible head.

Smell is a bit sweet but fairly hollow. Not a whole lot going on. The taste is also quite lacking. It's got a bit of malty sweetness but no hops at all, which kills the balance. I've never been terribly impressed with Redhook's offering, and this one is no exception.

Overall: Don't bother.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of burnt malt with a touch of cream and chocolate. The taste has the nice burnt malt character of the aroma, but is much more mellow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter at best. It is weak in both flavor and aroma, but what it has is pleasant. I don't think I will drink this again.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black enough that you can't see through it - except at the edges where a bit of amber light peeks through. No head except a tiny ring of foam that lasts the life of the beer.
S: Offers some toasty notes.
T: Has a roasted coffee malt body, but there's something missing in the finish. An odd bitterness then takes over leaving a metallic taste that lingers long after it's swallowed.
M: Palate is quite good, fairly thick.
Notes: This beer is average at best, not something I would try again.

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

12-0z bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled on 082807.

A consistent theme in this review is coffee. I hate to be redundant but there it is.

A = Pours a dark brown roast coffee, slightly hazy when held to the light, small tan head which dissipated so quickly I could have missed it entirely but for paying attention. Leave light lacing.

S = Definite smell of coffee with hints of hops.

T = The predominant flavor is of coffee but somewhat watered down. It is like a watered down, sweetened Guinness, not bad, but not Guinness. I'd almost be willing to bet this was conceived of as an attempt to replicate Guinness stout and when it failed they designated it a porter to confuse the issue.

M = Substantive, but a little thin for a porter.

D = Definitely drinkable. Indeed, it goes down very easily. Overall, I ended up rating this just above average in all categories. That is because it is pleasant and it is at least more distinctive than a large portion of the beers out there. But in the end it is not much better than average.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown/black with some nice cascading action from the nitro tap. Very similar to a Guinness in that regard.

S: A bit of coffee in the nose, and not much else.

T: The taste is based around a coffee flavor, with a bit of dryness to it. It tastes similar to Guiness, with a bit more coffee to it. Not much else differentiates this one. It's a decent porter, but could be better.

M: A little thin for a porter, but it's decent overall.

D: This is a decent porter, and would make a good session porter, but it's not something to go out of your way for.

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Photo of JamesS
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came out looking very good in a pnt glass, a nice dark color that still allowed a bit of light to come through. Pretty good head, although not much lacing. It had a nice coffee scent that accented the burnt malts. Nice flavor, a good deep porter with really nice coffee bursts. Goes down pretty well and is easy to finish. I've also had this in a bottle before and it was quite good that way, too.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown, with no noticeable head or apparent lace. Smell was very muted, lightly spice with a hint of caramel. The feel was flat, not enough carbonation for me on this one. Had a weird taste, caramel and coffee, mixed with a wet capet like aftertaste. Overall it is easily forgettable and nothing I will have a try at again I can assure of that.

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