Redhook Blackhook Porter | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Blackhook Porter

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 220
Reviews by terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a decent sized head.

My nose must have broke just now. I don't smell anything.

Flavor however is nice and strong. A nice, smooth chocolate flavor with a much bigger aftertaste. This is the best one I've had today.

This goes down smooth and easy. There's a very likable quality in that. Also, this beer is easily accessible. However, I'd love to have a more complex flavor in my porters.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Nice, foamy head that went down quickly. The beer itself is black as night.

Smell – Chocolate dominates this porter. The coffee is there along with some sweetness, but mostly the Hershey’s aroma fills the nose.

Taste – The chocolate gives way to some cheap coffee. That’s a disappointment, because this one smelled like it had potential. But the watered down office coffee tastes like day-old swill. Otherwise, what’s left from the chocolaty nose is quite good.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied at best. It feels like they compromised on the brewing of this offering.

Drinkability – This one is going into my enchiladas burrachas.

Update – I thought I’d re-review this with a 2005 bottle since I haven’t had it since September 2003. I pretty much found the same thing, except that the nose was a little less inviting. A drinkable porter, but not a very good one.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short brown twist. Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Dark roasted coffee in colour with a thick creamy light tan lace that sticks.

Smell: Hints of coffee and faint roasted malt and barley aromas.

Taste: Crisp and moderately bodied, smooth and dry roasted, some coffee some chocolate, flavours with a sharp hop bite to match, then following into some sweetness, chewy malt and a more rounded roasted flavour. In the end is some tasty hop leaf, light coffee and chocolate undertones and caramelized sugar. Some earth flavours in this beer also.

Notes: This is one beautiful porter, great blend of flavours to make for a very drinkable ale. It has been brewed longer than you think, since 1983!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a dark brown beer with a coffee-colored head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was fairly nondescript: a little roasted grain/malt, not much else. Good porter taste, coffee, chocolate, and molasses. A little thin in the mouth, but still a nice beer and a good representation of a porter.

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Photo of shapudding
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark and rootbeery deep brown/black. There was a quick rising head that quickly reduced down to a tiny amount with mainly just a khaki ring around the edge a cloud in the center of the stubby pilsner glass. -Can't see through it. God, great aroma- could smell it while pouring, the scents just shot over to me! But for all that I could smell, the taste was not as intense as I was hoping for. Alot of carbination, bit of a disappointment there, too much for my tastes, felt like I was drinking a soda. Passed to a friend to try, asked what he thought about the carb, he said that he drinks soda through the day and that it was just fine for a soda-like carbination... Tastes of burnt toast and black coffee. Funny side note- A friends father who had swung by the bar happened to grab the bottle to try what was unpoured, grabbed a swig and said that it tasted as though it had gone flat. I found that odd since I was so put off by the high carb. I tried the bottle and noticed that when you drink from the bottle, you really do get a whole diffrerent mouthfeel...

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown twist-off bottle with a “bottled on” freshness date.

Appearance: Deeply intriguing dark brown colour, at first glance I thought it was black. A healthy brimming tan head has no problem sticking to the glass.

Smell: Faint coffee / chocolate mix, almost nutty, aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Crisp moderate body, perfect level of carbonation not to tamper with the smoothness. A touch of burnt malt with a nearly mocha flavour to boot. Nice balance with the hops as not to get in the way too much. The lingering roasted flavours mingle with some malt sweetness in the finish.

Notes: One of the most drinkable porters in the US, give me some grilled meat or switch this beer up with some chocolates … or as a session beer, I’ll take it either way.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled on" date of 121003--This one poured black with a dark tan head. Malt, yeast and bread dough in the nose. Some lace and tiny bubble film. Chocolate notes, burnt figs, toasted malt. Medium body, dry chalkyness, and then hops in the smooth finish. Decent porter.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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 ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal head and lacing. Nice coffee-like aroma. Dark brown to nearly black in color with a nice roasty chocolate flavor. Not as good as the Sierra Nevada Porter, but an excellent buy for a couple of dollars less than the SN.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a coca-cola hue with a nice chocolate-tan head, that quicly dissiaptes. Smells promising - coffee bitterness, sweet chocolate, and some bready yeasts. Somewhat muted though. taste is faithful to the nose. Very satisfying porter, if a bit watery and mild. Definitely a nice 'every day' beer. Wish I could get them around these parts.

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Photo of moundbz
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This Porter starts out subtly chocolatey and finishes with just a touch of pleasant hop tang...I like the finish more than the initial taste...nice color, actually a little darker than other Porters that I prefer on taste...Blackhook has always been a consistent good choice to me, but not a "must-have" Porter...

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
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 rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Agian, like the IPA, there wasn't a whole lot going on. Grainy malts once again, with a slightly roasted finish, a bit thin and boring, no length on the finish. Remeinded me of the IPA, with a slight hint of roasted malt and obviously darker in colour, pretty tame porter. (Cask- GBBF 03')

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Photo of Nibbley
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
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 LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of JMS1512
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewQ
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure this brew was from the Washington State Brewery listed- I had it at the Jacksonville Airport's "Budweiser Brewery" bar!
I've lost touch on AB's effort with Red Hook.

Very nice Guinness like pour- creamy and clingy with extra fine bubbles. Ebony color except that the thick glass bottom bounced some light up to reveal deep red shades.

Aroma had chocolaty scents- couldn't pick up any hops or citrus.
Malt comes through in the flavor but not overly sweet. Very smooth on the tounge.It is remarkable how quickly the flavor vanishes!

This is really quite drinkable. Oddly, the tap handle and point of sales never use the word Porter.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, dark brown just short of black. Nice tan head with decent retention and lace.
Smell: Very low-level earthty, malty nose.
Taste: I was immediately hit by a lacto-like acidity, followed by a musty, old/stale ale malt background and semi-dry hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation feel, thin, slightly watery.
Drinkability: As graded, a very average porter. Many others are better and I'll be having one of those next time.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - you don't see a lot of the traditional London-style porters being made Stateside, do you?

This beer pours a very dark, black-adjacent brown colour, with prominent basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a pleasant display of webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a subtle dark orchard fruitiness, some gently nutty coffee notes, and plain earthy, leafy, and mildly spicy hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, still rather unsweetened cocoa, faintly sour cafe-au-lait, free-range ash, muddled and bruised stone fruit, a twinge of stale nuttiness, and more understated earthy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its barely-there at times frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and more or less smooth, with perhaps just a hint of roastiness taking the sheen off of things here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, and nuts conspiring as such.

Overall, this is a pretty decently rendered example of the style, with no big Yankee hops, and a sort of complex malt profile. Maybe not the best brew to be drinking on a hot and sunny summer day, but I could see this working well come the chill of late autumn.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark ruby and holds a good sized, slowly receding tan head. Has a slightly burnt roasty smell and taste and is lighter bodied than other Porters I've sampled although those were of the Baltic style. Not much carbonation. Finished smooth and proved to be, for me, a nice dinner beer that doesn't take over the meal.

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Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 324 ratings