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 blackie
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a low khaki head that soon recedes to leave a ring around the glass. The beer is a dark reddish brown in color.

smell: Roasted barleys upfront bring with them hints of bitter chocolate, through which a decent evergreen hop aroma is noticeable. Not much else to it.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: Light to moderate toasted and roasted malt flavors on the tongue provide hints of, well, toasted and roasted barley. Maybe a touch of smoke. Not much hop flavor and a light-moderate bitterness that lingers into the finish with a dry, roasted flavor. Not bad but a little plain in the complexity department.

drinkability: drinkable enough

Dated on the bottle as 05.23.06

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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 kennyo
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

purchased 6 pack at brewery in New Hampshire.

Deep reddish color with thick, creamy head, almost nitrous like. Belgian lace throughout. Dark grain, chocolate malt aroma. Taste has a little smoke, roastiness, a little w iney

Nice tasting beer, nothing great but a good drinking beer. This is a good session ale

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in hue with ruby influences around the edges, in other words it has a typical Porter color. Beige foam, at the apex the head was barely big enough to cover the liquid, which is lame. Head retention was poor, a small, soapy cap quickly formed. There was enough spotty lace for me to take note. Overall, this beer looks like it should but it has some flaws.

The nose isn’t very talkative. Roasted malts that didn’t do much for me at first but after a few sniffs some really nice roasted nuts coated in chocolate developed. Plus there are stray hints of espresso every now and then. Quite nice, but, sadly, there isn’t much development beyond this. I do like what I smell, I wish there was more of it though. While not very complex the bouquet does say, “Porter.” I accept the invitation to take a sip.

The palate is perfectly simple. Caramelized and roasted malts with espresso kisses mixed with chocolate and traces of nuts. It is vaguely earthy at times, weakly fruity too. The finish is pleasantly roasty with plenty of lingering sweet chocolate, char, and bitterness. I have tried this on nitro-tap and the flavors are much too muted that way. From the bottle this is a really solid Porter.

About medium in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel (while nothing special) fits this beer perfectly well. I have no complaints here.

I’m generally lukewarm on Redhook and there are some AB folks in Omaha that make liking these beers even harder. Still, with all that said, Blackhook Porter is solid. I could drink this. Plus I can find it really close to my house for $1 a bottle everyday. Would I pay a premium for this beer? No. I think I purchased by bottle in Omaha.

Bottle label says: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Photo of Phatz
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark opaque red/brown that looked almost black in the lighting. Light brown head fades to a frothy cap. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Lightly toasted malts black espresso and ground almonds.

Taste: The taste seemed burnt. Primarily burnt wood or coffee with some definitely nut flavors, and only a slight hint of caramel sweetness. The aftertaste was dry and almost sharply sweet then bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight well carbonated for a porter. A little more crisp than preferred but still mostly smooth.

Drinkability: There are a number of porters I prefer but this one is certainly satisfactory and easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Black Hook Porter pours a black as black can be red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to about one and a half fingers before going down to a broken carpet of fine foam with full ring.

Nose is a burnt floral hops and barley malt. palate is a burnt sweet malt and burnt hops. (We are talking burnt toast here.) Some sweet malt is still left, but not a lot... and the Red Hook hops profile. The level of carbonation is right on the money for this style... nothing frothing over the top of my glass, that’s for sure.

Black Hook Porter is a refreshing break from the six pack of blonds a day world and worth another look.

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Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Taste
Lows: Head, nose

Pours nearly opaque brown with a thick dark tan head. Looking great so far. Unfortunately, the head fizzles down to nothing quickly, leaving minimal lacing. There’s really not much to the nose, maybe some malt if you really try. The taste, however, is really solid porter: sorghum, chocolate, coffee, and molasses on the finish. The mouth is more watery than I’d prefer, though the finish is good: bitter and coffee. Drinkability is good, especially for a porter. It’s not heavy, so it’s easy to kick back a few.

Overall: A decent and inexpensive porter. Not the best by a stretch, but definitely worth a try.

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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 Raymond69
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz , dated 02/06/06
Served cold in pint glass

Good carbonation , darkish beer , holding up to light source shows plenty of red illuminating .

Not much in the smell department. Very faint hop aroma.

Hops come through on tasting.This leaves me wishing for more malt flavor, a dry finish.

Overall this beer beer is a good thirst quencher. Perhaps it fits the Porter guidelines of the original Macro style.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid brown color with ruby hues at the bottom. Clarity is very good and a half finger head falls to a very light film over top of the beer. This one could stand to be a touch darker for my taste. Nose is light with roasted malt, with tones of nuttyness, and caramel, with a mild American hop tinge on the end. Flavor is quite a bit lighter than I expected. It starts moderately nutty and caramel sweet, moving to a pretty light roast, and finishing with a moderate hop bitterness that hangs on into the finish. There is not a lot in this one that lets me know it is an American Porter. The flavors are all fairly weak, with the roasted character being almost an afterthough. This reminds me more of a brown ale. Feel is moderate, with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is not what I expect in an American Porter. The flavors are not strong or bold enough, the feel is a bit thinner than expected, and its just not everything I hoped it would be. I'll pass on this one again.

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love dark brews, saw this in WalMart tonight and since I was in the mood for a gourmet beer figured I'd give it a shot. Color was a clear brown with a nice light caramel head that held and gave a nice feel on the palate. Could smell chocolate and roasted aromas also noticed some hints of fruit. Taste was light for a dark beer, not as thick as expected. could taste a hint of chocolate and something like roasted pecans. Went down smoothly, slightly creamy and left just enough bite at the finish. Would go great with a steak or grilled portabello. Not my favorite beer, but I would buy again.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at strangebrew in MHT. Listed on menu as blackhook nitro.

A - looks great. Black with a nice even head. Not much of a carbonation reverse cascade given the nitro bullet point, but it is there.

S - I'm going with a 3 because it was slightly smokey in the pub and I couldn't detect anything that stood out over the general environment.

T - Lighter than I would expect for a porter. Maybe it's the nitro tap experience vs bottle. Lightly malty to the tongue. touch of metallic taste in the background, but not enough to be offensive. Paired nicely with jalepeno popers.

M - light, slightly watery. Not quite creamy in feel but close.

D - easy to drink. Would make a good session beer.

Overall, I would consider ordering this again matching it up to my dining choice.

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Photo of Jredner
2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty with a hint of sharp hops and buried beneath that is a smattering of roasted chocolate malt. Dark brown with a smattering of head that mimics sea grass spread on a calm ocean. Initial sip has a bit of lager bite and thinness. Some muted malts and very little roast asspect. It is more in keeping with the older English style porters than the newer, roastier American style porters I favor. It's just not very satisfying it feels lagery.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 12 20 05. Half finger, tan head formed but left almost immediately leaving some lace and a fine film on top of the beer. Deep deep ruby color. Not quite opaque. Reddish hues along with black malts.

Chocoalte aromas and big on the coffee. Not much on hops. Roasted malts and hazelnut aromas as well.

A small hop presence in the taste. Adds a little bitterness which is nice. Chocolate and and citrus. Pretty nice flavors overall. Fairly balanced but would like to see more maltiness and more chocolate and coffee.

Light to medium body mouthfeel. A little watery. Nice carbonation. Pretty good overall. I will have no problem finishing the sixer I bought.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice a dark, pretty much black. Tan head rises. Decent lacing

Smells quite metallic and alkaline-like, something like touching a 9volt battery with your tongue. besides that it is a little bit roasty and decent amount of hop presence.

Taste is malty and has some cereal taste to it. roasty. small metalic presence with the hops. a little low on the bitter side. aftertaste brings somebitterness and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thinner than the others in the six pack. not as full as i remember it. good balance though.

Overall, i think this particular bottle is past it's prime for only being about 3 months old. This beer has a fuller flavor and fuller mouthfeel than this one bottle suggests. normally i like it, just not this one bottle.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Blackhook at a grocery store to taste and review. I poured this beer into a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark brown color, approaching but not quite black, clear and not opaque. It appears mildly carbonated. Three fingers of rich tan colored head dissipates to a fluffy quarter inch coating on the surface of the beer. The head hangs around until the very end, and laces the side of the glass nicely.

The smell is fairly strong and has an aroma a little like coffee.

The taste is slightly bitter but more of a charcoal bitterness than hops. Also has a bit of a coffee flavor, and a spicy finish that is a little like black pepper. There is both a malt and hop flavor to the beer, and the flavors are well balanced, but not particularly complex.

Mouth feel is light, thin, maybe a little watery for a porter, a bit non-descript but not bad.

This is a very drinkable beer, with good taste and aroma. It’s not a great porter, but certainly adequate, and very reasonably priced. This would also be a good gateway beer for macro drinkers entering the world of craft beer.

NOTE: The label and bottle have changed since the beer pic was taken.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed a month after bottled-on date.

Most transparent 'black' (ruby) i've ever seen, thinner than even Guinness perhaps. This must be quite low in gravity. Pre-sip cling, dirty ivory head.

Nose is caustic, copper/pennies, roast, flat crispy bread, abrasive RH house yeast, coffee grounds. Rootbeer.

Taste is much smoother and palatable. Subtle, English-style porter with an unfortunately dead hop-taste i've got in alot of RH's beers.

Brittle all in all and rather unsatisfying. Pennies. Not so drinkable, but passable in certain situations I suppose.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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 tgbljb
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown, almost black color with slightly off-white head. Fell to an attractive coating. Smell is somewhat sweetish with only slight roasted malt noted. Taste is also on the swwetish side with a midertae hoopy botterness and a slight medicinal taste. Finish is more dry tahn malty and very attractive. A bit less than your average 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 stewart124
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown coffee color with a slight tan head that didn't stick this time. I'll have to try another one later with a more vigorous pours. Smells of roasted notes and slight hints of coffee. Burnt nutty aroma and a chocolate sweetness is also present. I detect noble hops also. Taste is malty and nutty with bits of coffee and chocolate. Medium body with an earthy tone and there is something about this that makes it chewy. Aftertaste is a roasted or burnt coffee taste backed up with those earthy tones again. Solid porter in my mind and it is only lacking that head, maybe next time.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark tan head. The head lasts about a minute at most and fizzles to this pee-like foam. It didn't bother me. Just like Flying Dog's Porter, it had the same head on it. The color was quite dark but but a hint of red. Smell was hard to notice but it was definitely a pleasant sweet almost floral scent. The taste was very burnt malty tasting with almost a bit of an espresso characteristic. There was also a bit of a sour bite to it which I like.

I'm the kind of guy that likes that in a beer every once in while. I like a manly shit-beer thing sometimes. It just has to be real beer without all the added crapola. Anyway the mouth feel was a tad waterier than i expected but it wasn't much of a turn off. It is surprisingly drinkable to me. Definitely a step above your GOOD basic beer.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown to ruby in color with off-white foam of tight bubbles. 2in. drops quickly, leaves nice lace.
smells roasty, malty, but a bit medicinal. a touch of earthy hop in there as well.
taste is smoky malt, a bit of hop, similar to the smell, but nothing too outstanding.
mouthfeel is somewhat thin, a decent carbonation zing, but not thick or creamy enough to be a solid porter.
could be easy to drink, but i would probably find something else after 1 or 2.


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Photo of Dewey0603
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a smallish white head.The smell is very faint and I could make out only a small roated malt aroma.The taste has a roasted malt flavor and a little bit of coffee,but it's nothing great by all means.The m/f is too light for this type of beer,but it is pretty well balanced.This is pretty much an average porter,nothing special,nothing great.I wouldn't turn one down,but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one either.

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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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Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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