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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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 AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into mini-stemmed tulip style glass. Dark brown color, whitish carbonation. Roasted malt aroma, hints of coffee. Lighter body and feel, but easy drinking.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep, dark, semi-clear wine-red, black or dark brown in indirect light. Brownish tan, medium-retaining head of heavy froth. Almost no lacing. Light roastiness, some toast, some toffee. Roasty and smoky-tart/bitter more than anything else, but kind of watered down, which is great for something intended to be sessionable. Soil and leaf matter towards the finish, fairly earthy and smoky aftertaste. Lighter body, perhaps still medium but I prefer a much heavier porter. Just barely astringent, with gentle, loose, tingly suds.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass, with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of mild dark toasted malt with a little cocoa. Flavor follows, with mild, but nice tasting dark toasted malt with light notes of cocoa and coffee and a hint of char. Medium boided with slight creaminess. A pedestrian, but nicely flavored light porter. The malt has good porter qualities with hints of complexity with the light chocolate and coffee notes, but everything is dialed back a bit. One of my early porter experiences decades ago, and rather bypassed by craft porters at this point in time. I don't seek out Redhook ales, but always happy to run across them, they are understated but pleasant.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle:

Pours very dark brown to black. A foamy/creamy tan head lasts, leaving lacing.

The smell is of chocolate, caramel, coffee-like roast and a touch of earthy hops.

The taste is of chocolate and roasted coffee. An earthy bitter touch balances it in the finish.

Very smooth. Medium-bodied. Very easy to "session".

An easy-drinking English-style porter that fits the style well!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MichaelProcton
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque, cola-like brown with hints of nutty redness trying to get through. Not strong on the nose, though there's a nutty malt backbone there. Perhaps even something a bit metallic. Really tasty flavor. You get coffee, but it's a very nutty coffee, with strong roasty, chocolatey bitterness on the back end. Very smooth-drinking beer, though I wish the body was a bit more full in a porter.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark malts, mild chocolate and toast. The flavor is chocolate/dark chocolate, dark malts, mild dark fruit and a mix of acidity and slight tartness in the finish.

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Photo of mcshaver
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/28/16, Enjoyed 6/12/16. Eye-widening coffee smell from the bottle with a hint of toffee and caramel; pours a clear deep brown with some head. Medium body with a delicious yet robust chocolatey, coffee taste throughout layered with equal amounts of cereal and malt. Slightly bitter notes finish the taste, although the beer remains smooth and robust with a rich, roasted character. Certainly somewhere between an English Porter and an Irish Stout, very representative of an American Porter. A delightful introduction to the world of dark beers.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Redhook Blackhook Porter, 5.2% ABV, 36 IBU, English Porter. Pours medium thickness, dark brown, four fingers of head that dissipated quickly, leaving light lacing. Nose is sweet chocolate, taste is chocolate and nuts, with a moderately bitter close. Heavier carbonation, so mouthfeel is not that great. Overall an OK beer.

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Photo of BeerAK
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Deep brown, poured with good head that dissipated rather quickly. Nutty, coffee, and light caramel come through. Not much for hop aroma but is well balanced. This is a very good brown porter.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of Feb 11, 2016. Sampled on April 29,2016.

The pour is a dark brown with a short-lived moderate off-white head. Opaque.

The aroma brings out chocolate, maybe cocoa, dark malts, low hops, and an overriding burnt butterscotch thing.

Light to medium body but still fairly smooth.

The taste also has a light chocolate character with only a mild bitter finale.

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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 Sabtos
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, minimal head.

This beer is very nutty, as well as pretty dry with highly bitter coffee notes. I like it, the dryness makes it drinkable.

If you don't need sugar in your coffee and you like porters, then this is for you.

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Photo of Beric
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, sampler, on the brewery 'tour' at the Woodinville, WA brewhouse
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark black with an off white head that quickly collapses into nothingness, much like Redhook's other beers. Color looks fine for a porter though.

Aroma: Very weakly assertive dark chocolate and french roasted coffee notes, but nothing really interesting. Graininess also evident.

Taste: Better than the nose, with soft notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and espresso coming through. Slight burnt toast characteristic, but nothing overpowering. An enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Pretty normal for the style.

Overall: In all, a pretty decent beer and one of the best from Redhook.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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 tone77
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is of malts, some hints of coffee, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodies in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
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/black color, not much carbonation or head, what head there is fades very fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

Taste is also all roasted malt with a hint of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste, carbonation is low but presence, bit of a buttery slickness to the mouthfeel.

A fairly standard porter (much better on nitro though).

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Photo of divineaudio
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated for freshness, poured into a pint glass.

appearance is good - medium to dark brown in color with a creamy 2 finger head that clams down quickly. leaves some nice leggy lacing behind.

smells mostly of toasted malts with a bit of chocolate and dark fruit.

taste follows nose, but adds roasted and carmel malts with some mild bitterness at the end. very malt forward.

mouthfeel is pretty good. lighter and with more co2 than i was expecting, but has a bit of a syrupy quality.

drinkable, but the syrupy feel may prove to be a bit much after 2-3 of these. overall a pretty solid beer that i will be buying again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: quite dark with some brown hints when held up to a light source. One finger of quickly dissipating light tan head.

Smell: nice roasty aroma with plenty of chocolate and a little coffee. Pretty good.

Taste: nice bitter flavor up front; there is a hint of chocolate flavor that complements the bitterness well. Aftertaste develops into a slightly astringent roasted flavor with a slight flavor of ash or burnt wood. Quite interesting -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body but pretty high carbonation for the style. It's not really creamy in texture, but it is pretty smooth.

Drinkability: a solid porter. I wouldn't hesitate to have a couple of these in most settings.

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Photo of FishScales
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on cask at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA and it was pretty good. They had 2 available on cask, the Blackhook and Winterhook. The blackhook when I had it was just put available on cask and I enjoyed it. I am not usually a porter drinker, however I enjoyed this one. It wasn't too thick or too much on the flavor which I liked. It was a very smooth, enjoyable beer. I think for people who are like me and don't normally enjoy the darker porter/stouts, this one is definitely a good one to have. The head on the beer was perfect, and the color was beautiful. It was recommended to me by a friend who is a mug club member there, definitely a good beer.

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Photo of spencerw
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine bought a sixer of the Black Hook Porter and I was anxious to try one myself. I haven't really spent much time exploring Porters and its traditionally not a first or second grab style for me. It was actually a pretty great brew! Redhook did a good job with this one.

A: Pours a nice dark brown, almost black colored body with a 2 inch head minimum that leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Smell is pretty sweet malty with a very obvious smell of caramel and chocolate. Smells fresh and inviting though.

T: The caramel / chocolate really takes control at your first taste sense before it transpires into a very refreshing, clean, semi sweet brew. Medium body. Not much of a hop character with this one but a very good Porter.

D: It could be a good, moderate session beer. 2-3 and you'd probably want to move on to something else. Very good though. Very clean and fluid and went very well with the pizza we were eating.

Overall, one of the Top 5 best Porters I have had for sure and I would absolutely recommend someone trying this.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/20/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown yet very clear as mentioned in OtherShoe2's review. Topped off by a short lived, one finger beige head that disappeared pretty quick. Not much lacing.

S- Light coffe, bitter dark chocolate.

T- Same as the nose just a little more roasty.

M- Light to medium body, pretty smooth.

D- Went great with the roast beef sandwich I had for dinner. I could see plowing through a six of this pretty easy. All in all, nothing spectalular but decent. I would say barely a porter though.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown color pour with a short offwhite head,medium carbonation. Aroma of coffee,rasins , and light chocolate with hints of roast. Flavor is roasty,with some chocolate and a bit of coffee , maybe a hint of hops . Thin body with a slightly oily mouthfeel , very sessionable . I find this to be one of the better offerings I've had from Redhook but as Porter goes it's nothing I would deem as special.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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