Indra (2711) - Suburbia, 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 (2411) - 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 Redhook’s frontliners! It’s dark stout color rewards you with a clean, hoppy, rich winter-beer flavour. I prefer Widmer Brother’s Winter Nakt, but the Blackhook has a nice dry flavour that is palatable pint after pint.
BillKismet (3839) - 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.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 29, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, dark brown, almost black. Roasty/malty aroma with complimenting flavor. Much lighter mouthfeel than it looked like it would have. Overall quite good, roasty taste with some coffee undertones.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. I love dark, chocolaty beers and this beer fits nice into those two areas.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good solid porter, not too hoppy for the style like a lot of NW ales.
Andrew196 (1441) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I once smuggled a couple of these into school they were so good. If you like getting good head, buy this one. Very full-bodied, drink one with a big hunk of meat.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - NOV 3, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy beige head leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Roasted chocolate Malt flavor balanced with hops. Perhaps not enough cholate malt and too much hopping. I was hoping to taste more of a chocolate malt character.