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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
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 zeff80
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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 brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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 smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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 russpowell
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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 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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, and slight hops. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of alcohol, hint of yeast, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, average aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark brown, almost black, small beige head, streaky lacing. Looks great. Muted aroma, roast grains, coffee. Taste is also a straight forward porter, sharp bitterness. Finishes quick. Good entry level porter.

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