Blackhook Porter
Redhook Brewlab

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #280
ABV:
5.23%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,837
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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Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Feb 06, 2017
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Durge from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitro tap at the Portsmouth Brewery into a pint glass, this dark beauty shows a very deep coffee color with rose touches at the edges, a Guinness-like tan head and plenty of lacing to boot. The aroma is a mild coffee malt with a vague hint of citrus. The first taste is a silky and clean but mild charcoal, some coffee bean and vanilla. A bit more like a stout by my way of thinking but a pleasant pint either way, quite drinkable, not very strong in any one respect but there is enough coffee bitterness to keep it interesting. I don't pick up much on the advertized chocolate side of this brew, but no matter. A very nice feel, creamy, very worthwhile on tap.

Jan 14, 2009
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beerkittycat from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a murky dark brown with a tan frothy tan head. Aroma is faint but I detect dark bitter chocolate and some smoke. Taste is much the same as the aroma with restrained hop flavor but moderate hop bitterness, interesting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a decent American porter but it could use a bit more hop flavor and the mouthfeel was a bit thin. Overall a decent beer.

Jun 15, 2008
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KAF from Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Oct 14, 2014
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scottyshades from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, rich brown/black color with amber highlights. I poured this beer quite aggressively, however I could not produce much of a head. The retention is poor and the lacing is decent.

S: The primary notes of this beer include molasses, caramel, toasted malts, a touch of alcohol and possible some dark fruits

T: Roasted/smoked malts, chocolate!, caramel, molasses, toffee, alcohol notes...very nice tasting brew right here

MF: Very smooth. Medium/full in body with a very soothing, creamy feel. The aftertaste is of chocolate and roasted malts

D: High! This beer is very drinkable

Aug 29, 2008
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Wetpaperbag from Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

Feb 08, 2012
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treyrab from California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side Day and had it poured into a pint glass...

Let me first say that I have very much disliked just about every offering that Redhook has to offer. That being said, this one changed my mind...but only slightly.

A: Pours a decent dark brown with a dark khaki colored head. Not as black as most, as there are some light browns and reds in the color.

S: Smell is pretty sweet with tons of caramel. Not much else in the smell besides maybe a touch of roast and chocolate.

T: The caramel really takes over on this one and leads to its sweetness. For a porter, this has way too much caramel and not enough roast in my opinion.

Overall, the best showing Redhook as made so far. Not great, but I would say it is decent and worth a pint if you have the chance.

Oct 05, 2008
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JamesS from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Oct 21, 2007
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Nov 28, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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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Gehrig from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nicely presented, with two fingers of tan head capping a rich, deep brown body. Yet that's as good as this one gets. Modest aroma with the requisite components--chocolate, a touch of coffee, the faintest amount of caramel--but little stands out. The more I drank this, the more bothersome it became. The taste is thin and a bit sour, and the chocolate and coffee flavors recede in favor of a bitter, but vaguely lemony flavor. Not pleasant, and these adversely affect the mouthfeel.

This was a downer, and not a very good porter. So many better versions exist--Arcadia's London Porter, Anchor Porter, Edmund Fitzgerald, Bell's Porter, Sam Adams Honey Porter, Bully!, and more just off the top of my head. I'd pass on this.

May 28, 2008
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Traquairlover from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Nov 29, 2007
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PaleAlien2 from Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Dec 26, 2007
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light black with a small tannish head. Nose is roasty with some espresso, cocoa and toasted malts. Taste is average, kind of toasted with light hints of cocoa. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. A drinlable porter in my book but not something I would seek out.

Mar 13, 2009
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, not much carbonation or head, what head there is fades very fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

Taste is also all roasted malt with a hint of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste, carbonation is low but presence, bit of a buttery slickness to the mouthfeel.

A fairly standard porter (much better on nitro though).

Apr 06, 2010
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AshevilleSippin from North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short Version:
This is not a great porter. Weak, seltzery, and dry with a roasty metallic dishwatery tang.

Details:
Poured a deep mahogony with a ruby tinge when held up to the light. Not opaque. 1 finger khaki head that didn't stand up very long. Lace was sparse but visible.

On the nose I got almost a sour-citrus dishwater scent. Not strong but also not particulary pleasing. Some malty undertones as well.

Taste is mildy roasty with some burnt coffee and a strong seltzery citrus tang with what I can only describe as a metallic dishwatery flavor. Dry indeed and a tad bitter.

Highly carbonated and surprisingly light bodied. I'd put it on the light side of medium. Flavor is pretty low overall too.

Mouthfeel doesn't really remind me of beer. More like a soda fountain Sprite where the syrup ran out after the first 1" poured.

Finish is way too long. Metallic and bitter in the wrong way.

I won't be buying this beer again. Overall I'm disappointed. Although I've only rated 2 RedHook beers so far my memory of their other beers had me expecting more. Hopefully thinsg pick up a bit with their other ones. I'll keep trying them for now but I'm definitely done with the porter. Maybe I got a bad batch? This one is a little long in the tooth but not enough to completely tank the flavor I suspect.

Apr 04, 2008
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itchytasty from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Oct 22, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Oct 22, 2010
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Kelp from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

Apr 27, 2013
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drinksandeats from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this on nitro-tap at the Barley House in Concord, NH. Came out dark and opaque, although tilting it in the glass revealed a very deep ruby-brown mixture. Head came to about an inch and lasted for a few minutes before dissolving.

The beer had a thin roasted barley aroma, and that was the predominant taste on the palate. Some hops, some malt tastes, but not much more. It had a very thin mouthfeel, thinner than water, thinner than Guinness.

This porter isn't anything to write home about, although it makes for a great session beer.

Apr 08, 2008
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smi69 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

May 26, 2020
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tbeck from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black with a little coming through. Seemed thin during pouring, had a thin brownish-white head. Aroma was of hops with a slight hint of chocolate and malts. Taste was good, lots of chocolate, some hops and malts. Slight bitterness and aftertaste was of coffee, but good. Good mouthfeel, although thin for a porter. Not on the chewy side. Enjoyable, would not mind having a couple in a sitting. Six-pack may be a little much, it is on the heavy side.

Aug 25, 2008
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CHSLBrew from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, appears clear with a strong backlight with some garnet highlighting. Dark tan head rises a couple centimeters off the pour, but retains poorly.

S-Prominent chocolate aromas, bright at forward. A slight, almost faint roasty character with just a hint of caramel.

T-Chocolate up front, which melds into a mild roasted character. A caramel malt tone floats over the rest. Hop bitterness adds slight balance, with a just-detectable hoppy undertone. Aftertaste is of bitter chocolate.

M-Medium body, pleasantly moderate carbonation. Glides easily along my tongue and down my throat.

D-Quite high, really. Nice flavor and very smooth. I'd love to drink this one more often.

Feb 19, 2009
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John031989 from South Carolina

2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a standard porter. Black with a two finger head that drops to a thin layer of froth leaving rings of lacing.

Tastes like an iced coffee once all the ice has melted. Weak coffee and chocolate notes. Maybe it's a new style: diet porter...

Mouthfeel is completely out of style. For me, a porter with the consistency of a macro is unpleasant. Also, the carbonation is a bit too much.

Overall, this was a disappointment. I rarely am not happy with porters, but this one just got it wrong. It's not drain-pour, but I won't be getting anymore.

Jan 30, 2009
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown -- complete clarity when held up to the light (not hues, but literally can read the print on the other side of my pint glass). Head is off-white and gone in a flash -- minimal lacing.

Disappointed here in the scent category. Very mild coffee/cocoa aromas, but the domination is the faint grassy/sour beer aroma that reminds me a bit of a macro.

This one tastes like a watered down black lager. Some slight sweetness and deep roasted malt, but you have to dig for it. Finishes with flat bitterness (meaning, just bitter, not a bitter flavor associated with -- say coffee, or the like).

Watery and thinner than expected mouthfeel. it helps in the drinkability, as surprisingly I think this would pair well with food. This is so far from what I would call porter that I'd actually consider drinking this with a pizza (and thus the higher drinkability mark). I was gifted a 6 of this stuff, and would never buy this for myself. Not horrible, but I'm not seeking this out again.

Jul 01, 2009
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