AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is a good beer in every way, except for the fact that it tastes bad. It has a full-bodied charcoal flavor, and finishes with notes of lighter fluid. I’d suggest you drink it at a barbecue, but that would be way too obvious.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Aroma is malty with a hint of sharp hops and buried beneath that is a smattering of roasted chocolate malt. Dark brown with a smattering of head that mimics sea grass spread on a calm ocean. Initial sip has a bit of lager bite and thinness. Some muted malts and very little roast asspect. It is more in keeping with the older English style porters than the newer, roastier American style porters I favor. It’s just not very satisfying it feels lagery.
direwolf2002 (14) - USA - FEB 8, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured Very dark with a very thin, quickly fading head. Left almost no lacing on the galss. Very weak aroma, nothing really appealing to the nose. Thin in the mouth. Decent Finish but overall very disappointing.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
a prune colored liquid does not constitute a porter, and this blackhook is proof. pours like a munich dark, with a moderate head the color of a wash room paper towel. but where’s the aroma? what am i? fucking nose-deaf?! catching a cold, perhaps? i thought so myself so i opened a sam smith taddy porter and gave it a whiff just to make sure my equipment was functioning. it is. that taddy is reeking in four-dimensional burnt malts and vivacious fruits. by contrast, the blackhook is a little aroma challenged to say the least--dissolved brown crayons have more bouquet. what differentiates it from dead air is a bit of shoe-leather, perhaps from a shoe that recently walked through a coffee spill. flavor is a (yawn) pleasant carmel coffee thing. balanced at the low-end, "dark but not bitter" as the label says, meaning the budweiser chemists neutered this porter and rendered it acceptable for mass marketing. j’accuse! i say it’s a fraud. a "well-balanced" light ale with coffee-carmel flavoring.
robforbes (2087) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pour is black with small dirty white fizzy head.
smell - alcohol, hints of cocoa, roasted nuts.
taste - metalic, a bit watery, some bakers chocolate.
for a porter this one is quite weak.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark brown color, brownish head. Smoky smell. So earlier today, I left my coffeepot on while I went to work. A few hours later, I realized this, and came home and shut it off. This beer tastes like what that burnt coffee smelt like.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Meh. Kinda blah. Dark brown with a thin, light tan head that dissipated too soon. Weak aroma of roasted malts and mocha, but you really have to stick your nose in the glass in order to smell it. Extremely thin body, and there isn’t much of a taste; what’s there of the roasted maltiness is very weak. Little to no hoppiness. Rather drink a stout.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2004
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
considering i drank this beer in a frozen form it was decent taste & coco tasting
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Is this a porter? This beer is watery and thin and lacking in the flavor category. What a disappointment!
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2003
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
When poured, the head is the right color, but thin looking. The color of the beer is dark enough to look like a porter and the aroma is a bit sharp. The flavor is the most dissapointing part. It lacks maltiness, and it seems watery to the palate. It seems to me that the bigger this brewery gets, the worse its beer becomes. I fear they have lost sight of their craft beer roots.