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 nixhecks
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown, virtually black in color, without much of a head - the bit that was there dissapated quickly to a thin film. Hearty, roasted nose, very malty with hints of burnt chocolate. The mouthfeel is surprisingly good, very smooth, low carbonation. The taste however is a little watery, not as full bodied as some of my favorite porters have been. A little coffee, cocoa, a bit of hops, not much going on here. But still, a drinkable porter that is cheap and while not the best, it ain't bad neither.

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Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap yesterday Pipens in Chicago. There was a representative from Redhook that was buying folks beer. They were informative about their beers and even discussed their relationship with Bud (they were defensive about this and went to great lengths to point out AB has nothing to do with their recipes or the actual brewing of the beer. Also got to keep a cool glass!

Beer is a nice black with some ruby tones thrown in as well. Beer had a nice head and decent lacing.

The beer smelled a little to clean, the malt smell you expect was very subdued. No off smells or any hint of adjuncts.

Taste was decent but a little thin. Could have used a little more malt flavor Also, the roasted element in most porters was subdued here. Carbonation was fine.

This beer suffered by comparison to the Goose Island Cast conditioned Porter I had drank earlier in the day.

Fairly easy to drink, but would not be my first choice for a porter. Perhaps a good beer to introduce people to the style.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Less than average head espeically for a porter.Poured about a half inch and reduced slowly.Although,It did leave a solid wall of thick lace all the way around it didnt impress me.Opaque black in color.A sweet hop aroma that wasnt to strong.The mouthfeel was a bit watery and lacked somewhat in carbonation.Roasted malt flavors are quickly overshadowed by a long drawn out bitterness.A very average porter maybe even less than average.Maybe hints of smoke and coffee are noted but to hard to tell.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first mild dark beer I remember liking. It just goes down. It has a good backbone, nice balance of malt and coffee flavors. The Mouthfeel was grand yet easy, easy yet nice hops. This is by no means a fabulous beer, but this is solid. I guess the malt, hop, and coffee flavors are all well balanced yet clearly perceptible. I sucked down two bottles before I realized I had not written a word of this review.

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Photo of zacharius
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thin tan head that dissapated quickly. Blackhook seems to be a bit thin for a porter and it is also light colored for a porter, a bit lighter and it would let some light through. This makes it a much more drinkable session beer than your average porter. This beer is balanced more towards the bitter side but there are also tastes of roasted coffee. When I first served this from my fridge it seemed a bit tasteless but after the glass warmed up in my hand the flavors really came out.

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Photo of Jarod
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came to the bar top a dark brown/black color that had a slight red hue on the edges when held to the light. The head was full, thick, creamy and tan in color, and the lace covered the side of the glass in rims and sheets. You could tell how much of a sip that you just took. The smells that came from this were not many, consisted of slight roasted malt, a light colored coffee (coffee that is served in your cup that is light in color d/t the cream that was added), and floral hops. The tastes that came to me were roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, light berries and fruit (very light) floral hops and a slight yeast flavor in the middle. This beer had a slight bite in the end and a floral hop aftertaste. It left me with a medium dry feeling in my mouth. A big thumbs up to the bar, they had the knowledge to serve this beer at a warmer temperature (felt like 65/67 degrees) which aided in the experience and made it worth while. I think at a colder temperature it would have lost a lot.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured, looked and smelled like a pot of black coffee. There was no head, just a couple of errant bubbles. The color was pitch black without a hint of light. Blackhook's smell was pure roasted, columbian coffee; very deep and earthy. It tasted chalky and dry with serious espresso and coffee notes with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very interesting. It was thin enough to be a pale ale or a bitter without any of the thickness of a porter. This was a very cool interpretation of a English porter. I will definitely buy more of this in the future.

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Photo of scottum
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
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 allboutbierge
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special at all in this beer. Has a relatively attractive appearance: Black and thick but pours a miniscul head. Flavor is weak: Just another porter type flavor, though it does have a heavy emphasis on sweet chocolate. Other than it is your typical porter, nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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 of my favorite every day session porters..

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Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing deep ruby red to almost brown color on the pour with an impressive head that dissolves into thick clinging sheets of lace that obscures the glass. Nutty sweet nose with malt, caramel also present lightly toasted or coffee aromas. Quite a sweet start, almost too much with the top being skinny and the finish nicely hopped, fair carbonation, dry aftertaste and a fair to middling porter, nothing special.

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Photo of Zraly
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening, I smell well-defined malt and a hint of dark roast coffee. The ale itself pours a beautiful, opaque ebony and is topped off with a decent, frothy, tan head.

This porter is true to its label "Dark, but not bitter." It isn't bitter and it doesn't really pack a punch. It has depth, but not so much that it is a challenge to drink. It is rather accessible. But, that is also why I didn't mark this brew higher. It could use a little extra splash of that "special something". It does have a nice roasty-toasty flavor to it, with hints of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar, but...nothing above and beyond the call of duty.

Overall, Blackhook is a user-friendly porter. It has flavor, it has a mild finish and seems to have an enjoyable, unassuming quality to it. This is not bad for a mass production beer. I would definately be interested in a taste of this off of the tap. Perhaps the next Seattle trip with bring about this opportunity :)

For food recommendations...a thick, char-grilled burger would do well...maybe with some onion rings to bring out the sweet undertones of the brew.

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Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very dark....could be described as black. little head and lace and very little carbonation. almost no nose at all, just a hint of dark roasted malts. a nice pronounced hoppiness wafts up, too. a very smooth mouthfeel, no pronounced bitterness from the malts or hops, just a fairly dry and clean finish. some dark chocolate notes in the flavor profile...a hint of coffee too. really doesn't seem like a porter, has more of a "roasted" stout feel to it without the bold bitterness...the bottle proclaims that it is microfiltered and you can tell. seems a bit flavor too. this is a very easy drinking porter and would be an appropriate intro brew for those just getting into the world of porters and stouts. a good nightcap on a cold northern october night.

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Photo of Jon
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label says this is "dark, but not bitter." Well, they got that right. The beer is a dark brown color. The smell is relatively subdued, with notes of maltiness. The taste is of coffee, roasted malt and perhaps a hint of hops. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. An incredibly easy drinking porter. Would make a solid session beer if you like 'em dark (but not bitter).

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Photo of jackndan
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What the f...? This is a porter?? By every other measure this is a Guinness, it looks like one, it pours like one and they sold it as one. The aroma was markedly different, and the taste was as well, sweet, honey and coffee. But a porter? This was pure cream and a quick, easy drink. Not bad, but kind of misleading on tap.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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 sinistersteve
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mind you, as I write this, I'm a hop head, so if my review seems poor it is for that very reason. But this beer is in fact a drinkable one. With it's robust dark color and full chocolaty roasted flavor makes this a decent porter. The head showed up for a bit, but then quickly faded. The flavor tends to stick around in the pallet for a bit to give the mouth a pleasent feeling. After drinking this porter, this beer certainly helps op-en my mind to enjoy more thick beers similar to this.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad for a beer from a Budweiser owned company. Pours with a average creamy head and has a deep dark look. Not much aroma to speak of and the mouthfeel is lacking. But had a pretty good taste though not up to par with most porters i have had. A very drinkable porter for the novice......CHEERS

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal head and lacing. Nice coffee-like aroma. Dark brown to nearly black in color with a nice roasty chocolate flavor. Not as good as the Sierra Nevada Porter, but an excellent buy for a couple of dollars less than the SN.

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Photo of Murph
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on a nitrous tap. Poured black with a nice white creamy head that lasted all the way down the glass. Smell was very weak with undertones of roast malt. Some bitterness in the flavor and mainly roasted malt without any kind of subtle complexities at all. Creamy mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. Rather thin for a robust porter.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have not sampled many different porters and in fact bought this one because I am a fan of all beers Redhook. That being said, I like Blackhook. This is a richly-flavored beer that begins with strong chocolate and coffee notes and finishes with a smooth flourish of hops. Its aromas are of coffee and chocolate, the former dominating. Its color is quite pleasing, being a deep red brown with a caramel-colored head.

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Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This Porter starts out subtly chocolatey and finishes with just a touch of pleasant hop tang...I like the finish more than the initial taste...nice color, actually a little darker than other Porters that I prefer on taste...Blackhook has always been a consistent good choice to me, but not a "must-have" Porter...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short brown twist. Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Dark roasted coffee in colour with a thick creamy light tan lace that sticks.

Smell: Hints of coffee and faint roasted malt and barley aromas.

Taste: Crisp and moderately bodied, smooth and dry roasted, some coffee some chocolate, flavours with a sharp hop bite to match, then following into some sweetness, chewy malt and a more rounded roasted flavour. In the end is some tasty hop leaf, light coffee and chocolate undertones and caramelized sugar. Some earth flavours in this beer also.

Notes: This is one beautiful porter, great blend of flavours to make for a very drinkable ale. It has been brewed longer than you think, since 1983!

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Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
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