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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2000

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Photo of BeerManDan
1.3/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I knew I was in trouble when this porter filled my glass. It poured a watery medium dark brown. Then the smell was a hoppy aroma and that was all.
Upon first sip there was a very bitter hoppy taste, piney flavored. This is not a porter that I've ever experienced before. This is a porter for the drain of my sink. What a big disappoint. I a surprised that Redhook even put this swill on the market. This is the WORST porter that I've ever tasted!!! Why not call this an "IPA Porter".

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer from the bottle before. I can attest that if you can get from a nitro-tap, do. This beer had the consistancy of Murphy's and the look of Guiness. Yet, this is a porter--while it has strong chocolate flavors, it does not have the black patent malt flavors.

The color is nearly black--a very dark brown. Like many "nitros", this one has an awesome head that leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma features a lot of dark chocolate, but little coffee. This switches in the taste where more coffee comes through. I also notice some nice alcohol warmth. The body enhances the experience.

This is the way to experience this beer. The nitrogen enhances the experience immeasurably. If you find yourself in a location that serves Blackhook on a Nitro-tap, I suggest trying it, regardless of your previous experiences with this beer.

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Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with creamy head that it retained until the end. Nice lacing on glass, but little aroma. Very smooth with the proper amount of carbonation. Il liked it a lot. Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel was good, but possibly a bit on the thin side for a porter. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Night
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with crimson and scarlet tones. Solid, creamy, light tan head retains a bit; light-medium lacing. Aroma is molasses, caramel, coffee, and toasted nuts. Mouthfeel is silky, dry, and medium-bodied. Flavor is smooth, lightly sweet malts followed by rich roast, walnut, almond, and a hint of grassy sourness; taste on the whole is somewhat mild. A hint of dark fruits with butter round out the finish. Aftertaste is sweet, a touch sour, and dry.

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Photo of hero27
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Iridescent dark brown/ruby color. Small but steady head of tan foam.
Aroma is very subtle..some really light chocolate & dark malts.
Burnt malt flavor with a stale chocolate backing. Slightly nutty. You have to let it warm quite a bit to get much of anything for flavor..even then the qualities are a bit vague and fade quickly after each sip.

Not horrible, but I can't imagine choosing this porter over the countless others that have much more flavor.

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

Ruby-tinted brownish-black color with a quarter inch of head on top, fading but leaving some lacing. Lightly roasted cocoa nose, sweet smelling. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, moderate bitterness, with a slight chocolate flavor. Finish is mostly clean with some toasty aftertate. Medium body.

This has never been one of the exceptional beers in Redhook's lineup. I'm not sure why they keep this around and have let the excellend double stout disappear from the market.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with minutely brown highlights at the edges, with a light collar of head. The nose is full of charred malt notes. It's relatively uncomplex -- just some touches of chocolate malt besides the charred, roasted malt notes. On the palate, it's excessively astringent and bitter from the malts, with flat, somewhat metallic ending. Mouthfeel is a touch watery, with poorly integrated malts. Overall, this is disappointing. It's certainly not terrible, but there's really no reason to seek it out, either.

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

12oz brown bottle

Blackhook Porter was a dark red-brown color with a light tan head. The head was quite large and had decent retention and left some lace behind. The aroma was sweet dark malt. The taste was dark toasted malt with dry finish. It was just less than medium in body with adequate carbonation. Drinkabity was average. It's a pretty average porter.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick, bubbly and coffee colored head into a tumbler. the body was a dark brown with red hints. lace hung around until i was about halfway through.
s - this is easily the most enjoyable part of this beer. lots of malty scents roaming around...chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
t - roasted coffee with a bitter aftertaste.
m - very thin.
d - easily drinkable, goes down fast which was a good thing for this beer.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,mahogany color reddish hue in the light. Tall, creamy,rocky light tan head with decent retention, leaving a sticky coating of lace down the glass.

Clean,complex malty aromas roasty/chocolate/nutty and burnt carmell. Woody with a hint of citrus,and a slight grainyness.

Complex malty tastes a nice burnt feel thats roasty,chocolaty,nutty with a good coffee taste. Very woody with hints of citrus. Finishes with a clean crisp, citrusy bittersweetness.

Light mouthfeel with subtle tartness. A nice pleasing taste,very easy drinking and enjoyable. A very good porter,delicious,would love to drink this beer again. Give this one a try!

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a nice light tan head that stuck around a bit. Smell of sweet smoked malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste has roasted malts for sure with burned sugar/chocolate and a bitterness that sticks around a bit. A little light in the mouthfeel for my tastes in a porter.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a black color with a red tint – decent head that didn’t stick around long. The smell is quite sour. The taste is malty and roasted with some bitterness. It has some spiciness. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. This is a fairly smooth beer, and because it isn’t heavy….lends itself to being fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Cresant
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Dated 12.04.06. Body was a very dark brown with cola colored highlights. There was a small collar of beige foam throughout the drink.

Smell was mildly floral. Light roasted grain aroma. There was also a slight acidic smell. Nut skins.

Taste was pretty zesty. Roasted malts with a pleasant bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel was rather thin with medium carbonation.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker than I'd anticipated, and though there's some scant blankets of lacing, there's not much of a head that forms after the initial is to the dust. A very dark amber in the right light but black upon the pour.

Smell: A bit of sweetness and dark, roasted malts, though distinguishing's slightly hard to tell. It's balanced well enough, but it's hard to discern certain aromas.

Taste: The roasted flavor comes out, with some dark coffee edges, and burnt chocolate, though a lot of it's too subtle--maybe a bit too watery and not letting the flavors develop. Not too bad but could be better. Finish hits with some citrus twang on the tongue, though it could be longer also.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth though a bit watery and thin, as I said probably affects the taste too. The last burst of carbonation is all over the place and could be contained a bit more.

Drinkability: Not a porter I'd sit down and love to enjoy all the time, but this isn't too bad. I like mine with more vigor, however, though if you're looking for an easy drinking porter this winter season, this isn't a bad one to choose in my opinion.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had an English pint of Blackhook Porter, drawn from cask at Redhook's Forecaster's Pub. The beer is an opaque dark chestnut brown with a light tan compact head. But, as with the other beers served here, the Porter is served fairly cold and it's difficult to pick up on the mild chocolate aromas. These appear later as the beer begins to warm. The head forms a nice lace as it retreats, and my first mouthful is tremendously smooth. This medium bodied, low carbonated beer is quite a noticeable improvement over the version served on tap. The taste is rich roasted malt with coffee and dark bitter chocolate tones. It is nicely balanced, however, and has a moderately bitter, but pleasant, finish. If this were kept on cask all year long, this might be the only beer I’d drink from Redhook.

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

This beer pours a dark amber, even somewhat blackish. Formed a nice 1 1/2 inch that left it mark on glass as it receded. Has a great smell picking up some black or chocolate malt. Doesn't have much body or mouthfeel to it, quite thin for a beer of this style. Has toasted notes, leaves you with a kind of burnt taste. All in all a good brew, just expecting more body from this style.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving was 12oz long neck,pour was a very dark brown with nice lace that sticks to the glass.
Taste is a wonderful malt and dark strong coffee with carmel and slight dark chocolate backround.
This porter had a thick but very pleasant mouth feel.
A really nice find in a little convienence store in North Carolina, I just wish I had picked up a few more 6 packs of this outstanding porter.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nearly pitch black color with some dark chocolatey brown notes. The head is minimal. Taste is robustly nutty and malty but still on the mild side for a porter. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel. One of the more simpler, easier porters without comprimising any wonderful flavor. I'm sure I'll be getting this again sometime.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque black, head is a thin white ring.

Smell is smokey chocolate malt with an underlying milk sweetness.

Taste is on the thin side and very similiar to the nose. There is also a mild caramel nuttiness. Finish is dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. Far too thin for what I would expect of a porter.

This would be a good crossover beer due to the inoffensive flavor profile. However, the lack of full flavor makes this a poor representation of a porter.

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Photo of mjc410
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a tan one finger head over a super-dark brown glass that lets pass just a little ruby light at the edges. Lacing is pretty nice, although the head falls low quickly. Nose smells of light roast, a bit of creamed coffee, and perhaps a bit of burnt caramel. The taste is slightly roasted and acidic, sweet in the beginning, with a clean finish. The roast and sweetness mingle nicely together. Not much depth, but quite tasty. Mouth is on the thicker side, with tingly but fine carbonation. An easy drinking porter, and a nice intro to Redhook.

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Photo of dherling
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at Andy's tonight. Poors out a super dark brown, but with a slightly reddish hue to the edge of it. Not as dark as the normal porter. Creamy cappucino like head. Smelled of slightly roaste coffee, tiny bit of hops, not much else. Wehre's my embers? Where's the chocolate? I dunno. The taste closely mimmicks the nose, a bit of coffee, that's about it. Slight hops bringing up the rear. Finishes incredibly clean, but not surprising considering there wasn't much in the body to begin with.

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

This beer is very delightful on cask at the Forectaster’s pub at the brewery. It is very dark, nearly black, with a creamy light tan, very foamy head. The head retains nicely and leave big lace around the glass. It has toasty, scarcely mocha smells, but there’s not much in the nose. The first thing about the cask conditioned version is the terrifically creamy mouthfeel, it is a superbly rounded smooth substantial beer with the hops coming on slowly behind the darkly roasted malted barley tastes which are coffee, grainy, and tangy. The hops are unfortunately non-descript and seem to be doing more bittering than flavoring. The finish is medium length, and I think a more distinctive hop profile would go a long way toward fixing this. It’s a very drinkable beer though, and on the low-side of the 5%-6% abv mark, so nearly a session beer. I think the casked version is much more drinkable than the other manifestations of this beer.

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

Very Redhook-ish. Some good flavors, but typically undermalted, leaving the brew a bit bland. Weak aromas of roasted grain, toast, and caramel. Tastes similarly with a bitterness that more results from the roasted character than from hops. the malts fall away quickly leaving the beer watery and characterless. It wouldn't take much to make this beer a quality brew. Add more malts to bring the beer's gravity up to par with other good porters. A bit more of chocolate and coffee notes wouldn't hurt either. I'm still waiting on Redhook to surprise me with a great brew...I think they are capable of it.

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

Poured a dark, semi-transparent, burgundy-brown. The small tan head and it's ensuing silky lacings proved to be persistant.

Wonderfully aromatic with hints of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toasty malts and a hop spicyness.

The flavor improved exponentially as it warmed to room temperature. A burnt sugar sweetness is accompanied by a coffee character and hints of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. There is a balancing spicy hop kick in the end that leaves a bitter aftertaste on the palate. Nice and complex, great for a session but lacking in the big flavor department.

The mouthfeel didn't deliver as well as I had expected. The mouthfeel seemed slightly light for the style and the carbonation was a little lacking.

This is a fine, sessionable example of an American Porter.

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Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle-> american pint
dated: 05.23.06

Pours a dark brown with hints of dark scarlet. When held to the light the back half of the glass shines ruby red. Quite pretty actually. A modest tan held settles to a film of soap suds. Minimal patchy lace.

Nose: A hoppy smell with roasted burnt malts also present.

Taste: Burnt malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not enough of anything. The taste has alot of nothing. A drying bitter aftertaste. The slight metallic tang lowers the score.

Mouth: Creamy and medium a nice mouthfeel.

This would probably be an allright beer to give to someone who's never had a porter before, very mild in flavor. But if you've had some of the better porters out there i'd give this a pass.

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Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
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