Redhook Blackhook Porter | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Blackhook Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.23%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
217
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
12.54%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of dug53
4.89/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of RevCraig
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackhook was a delicious example of a dark porter. The pour was a dark roasted color that produced an off-tan head. However, the head dissipated fast. The smell had a distinct roasted character with a slight undertone of sourness and chocolate. There was not any detectable hop nose, which makes me think this was not an American porter style. The taste was mellow with an even balance of sweet and bitter. The smooth feel of this beer caused me to take the time to savor the first sip and got many flavors in the aftertaste. The most prevalent flavors are that of roasted malt and chocolate malt. Overall, a great beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nibbley
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
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 johnnyd10vt
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really casual and nice Porter. Drinkable is the name of the game here. The color is a little light for a Porter, somewhere between a cola and a dark tea. Nice tan head. The smell is like an English brown, pure sweet roasted malt. The taste also has a hybrid Porter/Brown thing going on: malt caramel goodness, hops in the background and just enough to balance the beer subtly, with a little chocolate malt bite on the finish. While I love my high gravity and super complex stouts, this is just a damned fine beer that I could (and will) drink all night.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great porter. Nearly-black colour with a light-tan head that reduces to a thick , sticky lace with swirls that stay strong. Thick roasted malts and coffee fill the nose. Tastey raosted malts and earthy flavors along with coffee, mild sweetness and balancing hop bite. Smooth medium body with a mellow crispiness.

A great porter. Very drinkable and complex, forward flavors. Enjoy, repeat. Cheers!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
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

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of arguemaniac
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color is black, with a copperish brown in the edges (when held up to a light). The light brown head is initially thick and creamy, but eventually winds down to a very thin lace. The nose is dominated by roasted aromas, but there is certainly some malty sweetness too. And that’s pretty the much the nature of the taste as well: roasted and toasted, with some sweet malt flavor as well. That’s not to say that this brew isn’t complex, its quite multifaceted, it’s just that every flavor has some sort of “burnt” quality: there is roasted coffee (probably the dominate flavor), toasted grain, burnt toffee and definitely a bitter chocolate flavor. One of these beers will leave that bitter, burnt flavor in your mouth for hours, ya know, like what you get when you drink a really dark, roasty cup of coffee. This beer is so rich and earthy that I might have mistaken for a stout. The mouthfeel is creamy, though just a tad on the thin side, with mellow carbonation.

One of the better American porters I’ve had in quite some time. It’s rich and roasty, and very drinkable, would make a fantastic session beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Johnq1964
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of lpayette
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very very dark brown that appears to be black in bad lighting. Has a small to averaged sized off-white head which disipates to a very thin lacing.

Smells are sometimes earthy, with baker's chocolate coming through perhaps more dominantly.

Tastes are mostly malty, with a gentle touch of hops, coffee-like flavors, and baker's chocolate.

Overall this beer has a nicely balanced taste.

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Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
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..

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark ruby color. A thin brown head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Sweet caramel, burnt malt, chocolate and coffee tones are all perceived on the nose. Very nice. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. I like the bitter aspect of this porter. Coming from blackened malts and hops. Nice chocolate taste as well. Body is medium at best. A little thin. Overall this is a solid porter.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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 goodsuds
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (date code Nov3016) into a pilsner glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Smell is toasted malt and earthy hops. Taste is the same, starting with toasted malt, fruity yeast esters, moving to bitter-sweet chocolate, finishing with a solid hop bitterness that sticks to the pallet. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is medium-light and creamy. This is an extremely good example of a good English porter. Got it on sale locally, I'm assuming to make room for spring/summer beers. Well with the price! A perfect beer for a cold, early spring evening. Paired well with some deep dish pizza with fresh red pepper.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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 Superheatnsubcool
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottum
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of jp32
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Durge
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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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3.51 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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