Redhook Blackhook Porter | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Blackhook Porter

Brewed by:
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 BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
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 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 brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the side of the glass; a little bit of lacing

Smell: Milk chocolate and nuts; subtle undertones of coffee

Taste: Relatively mild flavors; a bit of chocolate, coffee and nuts; finishes with some bitterness

Mouthfeel: A bit light for a porter but nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Despite my complaints about the beer, I enjoyed drinking it; it's a nice crossover beer into the style and it goes down nicely, with just enough taste to satisfy

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep dark brown color, almost black. It had a small, mocha-colored head that left very little lace.

S - It smelled of roasted coffee and malt. There was also a chocolate aroma.

T - It tasted of light malt and chocolates. It was coffee-like and had some hop bite.

M - It was fairly thin and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This really didn't impress me. It tasted okay but it was kind of weak.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate brown with black cherry highlights through the far bottom edge of the glass and bright orange highlights through the near bottom edge. The smallish head of toasted tan falls to a thick disk within minutes and leaves a measly amount of thin, filmy lace just above the surface of the beer. Not bad, not great.

The beer smells hoppy, but not really porter-like. The nose consists of a mini burst of citrus zest mingled with weakly toasted malt. No roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, etc. My love of hops results in a higher smell score than the beer really deserves (I decided not to put on my style Nazi hat today). If you like your porters to smell like porters, subtract a full point.

Blackhook Porter comes across as a hoppy brown ale... and not a particularly good one. Gross undermalting is the beer's major downfall and is the reason it lacks porterishness. I pick up a mild cocoa powder flavor on the finish, but it's much too little, much too late. The thin, somewhat fizzy mouthfeel doesn't help.

I loved Winterhook, but my second 'hook' falls woefully short of what I would consider to be good beer. In fact, I'm fairly certain that in a blind taste test I wouldn't even identify Blackhook as a porter at all. Although there are too many major faults for it to be salvageable, cranking up the malt content would be a good place to start.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown, with no noticeable head or apparent lace. Smell was very muted, lightly spice with a hint of caramel. The feel was flat, not enough carbonation for me on this one. Had a weird taste, caramel and coffee, mixed with a wet capet like aftertaste. Overall it is easily forgettable and nothing I will have a try at again I can assure of that.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown.mahogany with a 2" sand colred head. Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Tons of hops, slight nuttiness, & fruitiness, makes me think american brown, more so, but lots of nice aromatics

Taste: Roasty malt and then some, slight licorice notes, finishes malty, again off the mark, tastes more like a dry stout to me

MF: A tad thin, but otherwise okay

Drinks really easy, if you're pick about style guideline, you would pobaly still rate this a good brew, such as I almost did. I remember the late 90's early 00's version truer to the style

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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 Jason
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I heard that Red Hook was partially owned by a macro company I had my doubts as to how good their beer could be. I ended up really enjoying Blackhook Porter, and am now eager to try the rest of their line-up. Appearance is dark coffee colored, head is fairly short and light brown. Smell isn't very strong, mainly roasted malts are detected with a slight whiff of hops. Taste is complex and balanced. Roasted malts are the strongest component of Blackhook's flavor; coffee flavor is noted. Hops balance Blackhook out nicely, and make a tasty note midway through a sip. Sip ends with more roasted malts, and a little more sweetness than before. I really enjoyed drinking Blackhook and look foward to trying their ESB soon.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll say it: I may not drink the wares of this brewery all too often, but I miss the stubby bottles, dammit, and I miss the classic, black labeling. I do!
But, how's the beer doing? As for BlackHook Porter..
Appearance: fully black color, with a nice, tight, 1/2" cocoa/brown ring of foam.
Aroma: soft and creamy, slightly nutty, but not much else. Nice malty touches.
Taste: crisp, vibrant, but altogether smooth on the palate, but a bit too much so, methinks. A porter ought to give out more flavor than this one, and it's holding back. Toasty, and tasty, but much milder than I can enjoy.
Full-bodied, with coffee-ish tinges, but never rich enough for me. A bit too thin, I say. Not a terrible porter, but not terribly good, either!

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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 GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/04/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date stamped on the label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Pretty black pour, 1/2 inch milk chocolate colored head with average lacing.

Smell- Lots of hops in this one. Am I smelling Alpha Klaus? Hoppy scent with a nice chocolate and coffee backdrop.

Taste- Not domintated by hops like the scent, but a nice soft bitter taste. Medium dark chocolate malt with a dash of espesso.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Was dying of thirst, so at the time this was a 5 for drinkability. But, ordinarily this would still be a tasty drinkable beer. Almost has a cola like flavor.

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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 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.

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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 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 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 jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep red/amber color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Bottled on 5/14/03 - now 19 months later and it tastes fine. Starts and finishes with a roasted chocolate/coffee flavor. $1.75 for a 12 oz bottle from Oliver's Beverages Albany, NY.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, nice light brown inch tall head formed on a dark mahogany, nearly opaque brew. Large bubbles lead of heavy lacing, bonus! Heavy malty aroma, and a taste dominated by the dark malts, yet not overly bitter, which makes for smooth drinking. A easy drinking smooth quaff, seems to be what the porters of old were made to be.

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