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Redhook Blackhook Porter - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Blackhook Porter

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BA SCORE
80
good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
86
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 OtherShoe2
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of deg
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

deg, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

auxiliary, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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 .

alpinebryant, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev +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.

CHSLBrew, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

hoplover82, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

jasonjlewis, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of John031989
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

John031989, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Durge, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of albern
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

albern, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Wasatch, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

treyrab, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THIS BLACK BEER WON'T LEAVE YOU BLUE

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.

Goregazm, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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

scottyshades, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

tbeck, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of MDekker
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

MDekker, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of scooter231
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

scooter231, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

brdc, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

beerkittycat, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

katan, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Gehrig, May 28, 2008
Photo of drxandy
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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

drxandy, May 02, 2008
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