Blackhook Porter
Redhook Brewlab

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #282
ABV:
5.23%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,215
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 12.43%
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
325
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Redhook Brewlab
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
81
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stevoj from Idaho

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Mar 04, 2018
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gandres from Philippines

3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 12 ounce bottle, poured to tulip
Sight: pours black, big brown foam that slowly dissappears,
Smell: fragrant
Taste: very good, bitter
Mouth feel: good carbonation
Overall: very good beer, repeat: no look for: no

Sep 11, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love all the brews from Redhook Brewery. While on vacation we went to the brewery in Seattle. I think that the ratings for them are way under-rated. I wish it was easier to get more of their stuff where I live here in mid-America. This is rich and flavorful as all of their's I have tried.

Jul 27, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very dark brown with mahogany at the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate up front with deeply roasted grains getting added in after a second or two;

T: a combination of deeply roasted grains and bittersweet chocolate up front; the chocolate dominates from the middle to the finish; aftertaste has notes of coffee grounds;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; hadn't seen this on draft in several years;

May 08, 2017
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it's a porter. It tastes fine. Just fine. Not great. Not unique or with any special attributes to set it apart from other porters. Just okay. For someone who has never tasted a porter before, this might convert them. The flavor isn't too roasty or too musky. Someone who is expecting a DARK dark beer might be disappointed.

Overall, it's drinkable. It's okay.

May 04, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Production date 10 February 2017: decanted into a tulip pint glass.
A: Dark brown without being opaque, 3/8 inch tan head that fades to solid lacing.
S: Dark, roasted malts not as well expressed as expected. Peppery almost to the point of being acrid.
T: Dark, roasted malts with bitterness throughout and a bitter aftertaste that lasts.
M: Light for the style, happily so as it offsets some of the bitterness.
O: Certainly drinkable. There are definitely more flavorful, better composed versions of this style.
Note, on a second tasting, felt exactly the same.

Apr 30, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.

Pours a nicely dark body, mostly opaque brown with a huge tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Nice aromas of light roasted barley, hints of coffee and chocolate. Smooth body, chocolate and roast and coffee, medium almost-leafy hop bite, moderate sweetness, really drinkable.

Really impressed. This is something I could drink fairly regularly.

Apr 27, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Anyways, this beer pours a dark brown. Viscosity is a little bit thinner than average, but not terribly done or anything, still a porter at the end of the day. Brown head, 1/3", lighter than the body. Aroma was of pretty much exclusively roastiness.

Taste is more roast, decent amount of Cascade hopping. Lots of carbonation keeps the mouth feel relatively light for style. Good cross over type of beer. Do they even still make this? Haven't seen it in a long time. Can't be a big money mover for InBev methinks. Ashy nuts. There's really nothing wrong with this beer, I think its niche is for people who want to adventure into dark beers, and people who like dark beers in the summertime.

Man I remember the first time I had this. House party in Chico. My friend's friend's roommate. Wakes me up on a couch after a long night of partying went into the morning, let's go get some beer. We picked up a 6 pack of this stuff. She was Middle Eastern and into anal.

Apr 10, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Apr 09, 2017
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goodsuds from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (date code Nov3016) into a pilsner glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Smell is toasted malt and earthy hops. Taste is the same, starting with toasted malt, fruity yeast esters, moving to bitter-sweet chocolate, finishing with a solid hop bitterness that sticks to the pallet. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is medium-light and creamy. This is an extremely good example of a good English porter. Got it on sale locally, I'm assuming to make room for spring/summer beers. Well with the price! A perfect beer for a cold, early spring evening. Paired well with some deep dish pizza with fresh red pepper.

Mar 20, 2017
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into mini-stemmed tulip style glass. Dark brown color, whitish carbonation. Roasted malt aroma, hints of coffee. Lighter body and feel, but easy drinking.

Mar 18, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep, dark, semi-clear wine-red, black or dark brown in indirect light. Brownish tan, medium-retaining head of heavy froth. Almost no lacing. Light roastiness, some toast, some toffee. Roasty and smoky-tart/bitter more than anything else, but kind of watered down, which is great for something intended to be sessionable. Soil and leaf matter towards the finish, fairly earthy and smoky aftertaste. Lighter body, perhaps still medium but I prefer a much heavier porter. Just barely astringent, with gentle, loose, tingly suds.

Mar 17, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass, with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of mild dark toasted malt with a little cocoa. Flavor follows, with mild, but nice tasting dark toasted malt with light notes of cocoa and coffee and a hint of char. Medium boided with slight creaminess. A pedestrian, but nicely flavored light porter. The malt has good porter qualities with hints of complexity with the light chocolate and coffee notes, but everything is dialed back a bit. One of my early porter experiences decades ago, and rather bypassed by craft porters at this point in time. I don't seek out Redhook ales, but always happy to run across them, they are understated but pleasant.

Mar 13, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable porter! Red hook has been hit or miss with me but this one surpassed my expectations. Plenty of mildly delicious chocolate and coffee notes and a gorgeous color.

Mar 07, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Jan 10, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

Aug 05, 2016
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque, cola-like brown with hints of nutty redness trying to get through. Not strong on the nose, though there's a nutty malt backbone there. Perhaps even something a bit metallic. Really tasty flavor. You get coffee, but it's a very nutty coffee, with strong roasty, chocolatey bitterness on the back end. Very smooth-drinking beer, though I wish the body was a bit more full in a porter.

Jul 18, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark malts, mild chocolate and toast. The flavor is chocolate/dark chocolate, dark malts, mild dark fruit and a mix of acidity and slight tartness in the finish.

Jul 06, 2016
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mcshaver from Virginia

3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/28/16, Enjoyed 6/12/16. Eye-widening coffee smell from the bottle with a hint of toffee and caramel; pours a clear deep brown with some head. Medium body with a delicious yet robust chocolatey, coffee taste throughout layered with equal amounts of cereal and malt. Slightly bitter notes finish the taste, although the beer remains smooth and robust with a rich, roasted character. Certainly somewhere between an English Porter and an Irish Stout, very representative of an American Porter. A delightful introduction to the world of dark beers.

Jun 13, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Redhook Blackhook Porter, 5.2% ABV, 36 IBU, English Porter. Pours medium thickness, dark brown, four fingers of head that dissipated quickly, leaving light lacing. Nose is sweet chocolate, taste is chocolate and nuts, with a moderately bitter close. Heavier carbonation, so mouthfeel is not that great. Overall an OK beer.

Jun 05, 2016
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BeerAK from Alaska

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Deep brown, poured with good head that dissipated rather quickly. Nutty, coffee, and light caramel come through. Not much for hop aroma but is well balanced. This is a very good brown porter.

May 24, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Apr 30, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really casual and nice Porter. Drinkable is the name of the game here. The color is a little light for a Porter, somewhere between a cola and a dark tea. Nice tan head. The smell is like an English brown, pure sweet roasted malt. The taste also has a hybrid Porter/Brown thing going on: malt caramel goodness, hops in the background and just enough to balance the beer subtly, with a little chocolate malt bite on the finish. While I love my high gravity and super complex stouts, this is just a damned fine beer that I could (and will) drink all night.

Apr 10, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, minimal head.

This beer is very nutty, as well as pretty dry with highly bitter coffee notes. I like it, the dryness makes it drinkable.

If you don't need sugar in your coffee and you like porters, then this is for you.

Feb 08, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, sampler, on the brewery 'tour' at the Woodinville, WA brewhouse
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark black with an off white head that quickly collapses into nothingness, much like Redhook's other beers. Color looks fine for a porter though.

Aroma: Very weakly assertive dark chocolate and french roasted coffee notes, but nothing really interesting. Graininess also evident.

Taste: Better than the nose, with soft notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and espresso coming through. Slight burnt toast characteristic, but nothing overpowering. An enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Pretty normal for the style.

Overall: In all, a pretty decent beer and one of the best from Redhook.

Jul 18, 2015
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