boto (1763) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 As with all of RedHookís beers, very good, but not quite exceptional. When looking at 8 differfent tap handles, it is a high pick! Nitro version: still quite good. Almost too close to being a Guinness copy.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is plain and doesnít indicate a porter. If I were blindfolded I might think it was a Michelob dark or something like that, based on aroma alone. The color is nice, very dark in the glass. Not much carbonation, very little head. The hoppy taste surprised me, though. I really expected more complexity from this. Itís mostly bitter and like someone said before it is a íporter-like liquid.í The bottle says itís dark, not bitter. I say itís dark AND bitter. Itís watery on the palate, and the best part about the taste was the black coffee-like taste that hung around after the beer itself went down. I taste absolutely nothing like chocolate malt in this one. The last porter I had was Taddy and damn I miss it right now. I guess I just prefer sweet porters.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma and color, plus a decent bitterness. Felt a little watery, but a fairly pleasurable ale.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Some dark coffeish tones and hints of spice but itís basically a cheap, watery porterlike liquid.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black color with a deep roasted coffee aroma. Hints of burnt chocolate on the palate. Absolutely delicious.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoky aroma, which translates to an interesting burnt note on the tongue. Not a bad porter, but a little more thin than I usually like mine. This could maybe be a function of original gravity being lower than I like? Either way, there some nice chocolate flavors as well, and the finish is pretty smooth. Good as in above average.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark, roasted coffee flavor. mouthfeell was surprisingly thin. above average porter.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a beer I will drive out of my way to obtain, but the Blackhook should be one of Redhookís frontliners! Itís dark stout color rewards you with a clean, hoppy, rich winter-beer flavour. I prefer Widmer Brotherís Winter Nakt, but the Blackhook has a nice dry flavour that is palatable pint after pint.
BillKismet (3174) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint roasted malt and coffee aroma in this black amber colored porter. This porter has a robust roasted malt presence with a little more than necessary bitter dryness left on the palate. Overall, quite a solid and drinkable porter.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 30, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bold coffee and hops aroma, accented by cinnamon, with a black, opaque body and thin head. Disappointingly watery, the dumbed-down flavor is predominantly black coffee, perhaps some powedered sugar and cinnamon. Aftertaste includes a lingering bitteriness on the back of the tongue with a hint of vanilla.