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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 157   ABV: 5.23%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional London-style, top-fermented black porter.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Relatively light aroma that clearly reveals the black patent malt behind it...Color is a dense black/brown with faint garnet edges...Nice pock-marked tan head---speckled lace...Very light-countenanced with buoyant roasty base beneath sparkly top-end of hops and carbonation. Body is a bit thin for a porter, but this produces a compensating quaffability that one doesn’t generally find in this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
I’ll rate the bottled version of this porter and then give my thoughts on on nitrogenated, tap version that Redhook sells as Nitro or something like that. Though these are technically the same beer, each has a distictly different character. I’m not sure if they shouldn’t be considered separately. Blackhook: black with a small head and little lacing. Burnt coffee nose w/ hints of chocolate. Medium-thin body. Coffee and chocolate flavours w/ hints of nuts and a sweet, spicy finish. Nitro: This beer seems somewhat gimmicky to me. It looks better than the Blackhook w/ a rich, black colour and dense, creamy, cascadeing head, But, it is sweeter and accents the chocolate over the coffee flavours of the brew. It has Chocolate/Coffee nose & a creamy body that is perhaps a bit chalky.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
On tap, nitrogen, Liar’s Club, San Diego. Nice dark color, thin to no head. Aroma was decent, roasted malty. flavor is lightly roasty definitely not smoking. the lively hoppy comes through only enough to keep the roasted flavor from getting too out of hand.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Below average porter, light body some roasted malt flavor, otherwise bland.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Nice porter with some authority & good tatse. Slightly bitter aftertase that went away quickly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Kind of weak for a black beer, but considering it says ’dark but not bitter’ on the label, it’s not surprising that they made it easy to drink. It brings dark beer to the masses.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Mmm. A decent porter! Highly drinkable in multiples. Sort of smoky flavor differentiates it from many. Somewhat heavier than say, a Yuengling or Sam’s Honey. Great change of pace six pack, no doubt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2002
this is a pretty good porter. pours black with little head that doesn’t last long anyway. very good chocolate malt flavoring and it is well balanced with the hops i will definatly try more from these guys

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
A tasty pint for sure. Looks as good as it tastes; dark, dark brown with decent head retention. Not for the casual beer drinker but a great example of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
On Nitro at BW3 in Knoxville. Beautiful. Slightly sweet. Chocolate shines through with a slight roasty note. A session porter for sure. I didn’t get the lively hopping as described in the commercial deScription.


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