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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2000

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 294
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black enough that you can't see through it - except at the edges where a bit of amber light peeks through. No head except a tiny ring of foam that lasts the life of the beer.
S: Offers some toasty notes.
T: Has a roasted coffee malt body, but there's something missing in the finish. An odd bitterness then takes over leaving a metallic taste that lingers long after it's swallowed.
M: Palate is quite good, fairly thick.
Notes: This beer is average at best, not something I would try again.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-0z bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled on 082807.

A consistent theme in this review is coffee. I hate to be redundant but there it is.

A = Pours a dark brown roast coffee, slightly hazy when held to the light, small tan head which dissipated so quickly I could have missed it entirely but for paying attention. Leave light lacing.

S = Definite smell of coffee with hints of hops.

T = The predominant flavor is of coffee but somewhat watered down. It is like a watered down, sweetened Guinness, not bad, but not Guinness. I'd almost be willing to bet this was conceived of as an attempt to replicate Guinness stout and when it failed they designated it a porter to confuse the issue.

M = Substantive, but a little thin for a porter.

D = Definitely drinkable. Indeed, it goes down very easily. Overall, I ended up rating this just above average in all categories. That is because it is pleasant and it is at least more distinctive than a large portion of the beers out there. But in the end it is not much better than average.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown/black with some nice cascading action from the nitro tap. Very similar to a Guinness in that regard.

S: A bit of coffee in the nose, and not much else.

T: The taste is based around a coffee flavor, with a bit of dryness to it. It tastes similar to Guiness, with a bit more coffee to it. Not much else differentiates this one. It's a decent porter, but could be better.

M: A little thin for a porter, but it's decent overall.

D: This is a decent porter, and would make a good session porter, but it's not something to go out of your way for.

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Photo of JamesS
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came out looking very good in a pnt glass, a nice dark color that still allowed a bit of light to come through. Pretty good head, although not much lacing. It had a nice coffee scent that accented the burnt malts. Nice flavor, a good deep porter with really nice coffee bursts. Goes down pretty well and is easy to finish. I've also had this in a bottle before and it was quite good that way, too.

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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 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 BeerManDan
1.3/5  rDev -63%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I knew I was in trouble when this porter filled my glass. It poured a watery medium dark brown. Then the smell was a hoppy aroma and that was all.
Upon first sip there was a very bitter hoppy taste, piney flavored. This is not a porter that I've ever experienced before. This is a porter for the drain of my sink. What a big disappoint. I a surprised that Redhook even put this swill on the market. This is the WORST porter that I've ever tasted!!! Why not call this an "IPA Porter".

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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 biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with creamy head that it retained until the end. Nice lacing on glass, but little aroma. Very smooth with the proper amount of carbonation. Il liked it a lot. Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel was good, but possibly a bit on the thin side for a porter. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Night
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with crimson and scarlet tones. Solid, creamy, light tan head retains a bit; light-medium lacing. Aroma is molasses, caramel, coffee, and toasted nuts. Mouthfeel is silky, dry, and medium-bodied. Flavor is smooth, lightly sweet malts followed by rich roast, walnut, almond, and a hint of grassy sourness; taste on the whole is somewhat mild. A hint of dark fruits with butter round out the finish. Aftertaste is sweet, a touch sour, and dry.

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Photo of hero27
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Iridescent dark brown/ruby color. Small but steady head of tan foam.
Aroma is very subtle..some really light chocolate & dark malts.
Burnt malt flavor with a stale chocolate backing. Slightly nutty. You have to let it warm quite a bit to get much of anything for flavor..even then the qualities are a bit vague and fade quickly after each sip.

Not horrible, but I can't imagine choosing this porter over the countless others that have much more flavor.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-tinted brownish-black color with a quarter inch of head on top, fading but leaving some lacing. Lightly roasted cocoa nose, sweet smelling. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, moderate bitterness, with a slight chocolate flavor. Finish is mostly clean with some toasty aftertate. Medium body.

This has never been one of the exceptional beers in Redhook's lineup. I'm not sure why they keep this around and have let the excellend double stout disappear from the market.

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

Pours black with minutely brown highlights at the edges, with a light collar of head. The nose is full of charred malt notes. It's relatively uncomplex -- just some touches of chocolate malt besides the charred, roasted malt notes. On the palate, it's excessively astringent and bitter from the malts, with flat, somewhat metallic ending. Mouthfeel is a touch watery, with poorly integrated malts. Overall, this is disappointing. It's certainly not terrible, but there's really no reason to seek it out, either.

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

12oz brown bottle

Blackhook Porter was a dark red-brown color with a light tan head. The head was quite large and had decent retention and left some lace behind. The aroma was sweet dark malt. The taste was dark toasted malt with dry finish. It was just less than medium in body with adequate carbonation. Drinkabity was average. It's a pretty average porter.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick, bubbly and coffee colored head into a tumbler. the body was a dark brown with red hints. lace hung around until i was about halfway through.
s - this is easily the most enjoyable part of this beer. lots of malty scents roaming around...chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
t - roasted coffee with a bitter aftertaste.
m - very thin.
d - easily drinkable, goes down fast which was a good thing for this beer.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,mahogany color reddish hue in the light. Tall, creamy,rocky light tan head with decent retention, leaving a sticky coating of lace down the glass.

Clean,complex malty aromas roasty/chocolate/nutty and burnt carmell. Woody with a hint of citrus,and a slight grainyness.

Complex malty tastes a nice burnt feel thats roasty,chocolaty,nutty with a good coffee taste. Very woody with hints of citrus. Finishes with a clean crisp, citrusy bittersweetness.

Light mouthfeel with subtle tartness. A nice pleasing taste,very easy drinking and enjoyable. A very good porter,delicious,would love to drink this beer again. Give this one a try!

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a nice light tan head that stuck around a bit. Smell of sweet smoked malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste has roasted malts for sure with burned sugar/chocolate and a bitterness that sticks around a bit. A little light in the mouthfeel for my tastes in a porter.

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

This beer poured a black color with a red tint – decent head that didn’t stick around long. The smell is quite sour. The taste is malty and roasted with some bitterness. It has some spiciness. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. This is a fairly smooth beer, and because it isn’t heavy….lends itself to being fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Cresant
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Dated 12.04.06. Body was a very dark brown with cola colored highlights. There was a small collar of beige foam throughout the drink.

Smell was mildly floral. Light roasted grain aroma. There was also a slight acidic smell. Nut skins.

Taste was pretty zesty. Roasted malts with a pleasant bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel was rather thin with medium carbonation.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker than I'd anticipated, and though there's some scant blankets of lacing, there's not much of a head that forms after the initial is to the dust. A very dark amber in the right light but black upon the pour.

Smell: A bit of sweetness and dark, roasted malts, though distinguishing's slightly hard to tell. It's balanced well enough, but it's hard to discern certain aromas.

Taste: The roasted flavor comes out, with some dark coffee edges, and burnt chocolate, though a lot of it's too subtle--maybe a bit too watery and not letting the flavors develop. Not too bad but could be better. Finish hits with some citrus twang on the tongue, though it could be longer also.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth though a bit watery and thin, as I said probably affects the taste too. The last burst of carbonation is all over the place and could be contained a bit more.

Drinkability: Not a porter I'd sit down and love to enjoy all the time, but this isn't too bad. I like mine with more vigor, however, though if you're looking for an easy drinking porter this winter season, this isn't a bad one to choose in my opinion.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had an English pint of Blackhook Porter, drawn from cask at Redhook's Forecaster's Pub. The beer is an opaque dark chestnut brown with a light tan compact head. But, as with the other beers served here, the Porter is served fairly cold and it's difficult to pick up on the mild chocolate aromas. These appear later as the beer begins to warm. The head forms a nice lace as it retreats, and my first mouthful is tremendously smooth. This medium bodied, low carbonated beer is quite a noticeable improvement over the version served on tap. The taste is rich roasted malt with coffee and dark bitter chocolate tones. It is nicely balanced, however, and has a moderately bitter, but pleasant, finish. If this were kept on cask all year long, this might be the only beer I’d drink from Redhook.

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

This beer pours a dark amber, even somewhat blackish. Formed a nice 1 1/2 inch that left it mark on glass as it receded. Has a great smell picking up some black or chocolate malt. Doesn't have much body or mouthfeel to it, quite thin for a beer of this style. Has toasted notes, leaves you with a kind of burnt taste. All in all a good brew, just expecting more body from this style.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving was 12oz long neck,pour was a very dark brown with nice lace that sticks to the glass.
Taste is a wonderful malt and dark strong coffee with carmel and slight dark chocolate backround.
This porter had a thick but very pleasant mouth feel.
A really nice find in a little convienence store in North Carolina, I just wish I had picked up a few more 6 packs of this outstanding porter.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nearly pitch black color with some dark chocolatey brown notes. The head is minimal. Taste is robustly nutty and malty but still on the mild side for a porter. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel. One of the more simpler, easier porters without comprimising any wonderful flavor. I'm sure I'll be getting this again sometime.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque black, head is a thin white ring.

Smell is smokey chocolate malt with an underlying milk sweetness.

Taste is on the thin side and very similiar to the nose. There is also a mild caramel nuttiness. Finish is dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. Far too thin for what I would expect of a porter.

This would be a good crossover beer due to the inoffensive flavor profile. However, the lack of full flavor makes this a poor representation of a porter.

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Redhook Blackhook Porter from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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