Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It may be the "rose colored glasses" syndrome, but when I lived in Seattle, and this had not yet been purchased by A-B, it was pretty damn good. It seems to have slipped since, but it is still better than many beers.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Below average porter, light body some roasted malt flavor, otherwise bland.
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice porter with some authority & good tatse. Slightly bitter aftertase that went away quickly.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.