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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 157   ABV: 5.23%
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A traditional London-style, top-fermented black porter.

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3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cam501 (58) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Not as full bodied as most good porters but very drinkable. Slightly hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
I excpected a much more full bodied flavor from a porter. Almost no head. Kinda hoppy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Productive pour, light malty damp aroma, vaguely chocolaty. Medium bodied, light and drinkable. Roasted malt is subtley done, hints of nuttiness. Not much finish, just a little bitterness. Easy drinking 6-pack but has no particular richness of better porters.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Dark ruby brown hue. Creamy light brown head. Roasted malt aroma, with hint of hop. Kinda bland at first, slight sweetness. Light bodied for a porter. Alot of carbonation. The only thing this porter has going for it is the bitter crisp hopped up finish. The bottle says NOT BITTER, but whatever. This brew is much better on nitro than from the bottle.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7510) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), moderately hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Overhopped aroma, acidic, astringent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
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.

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 doesnt 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
Ill 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. Im not sure if they shouldnt 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, Liars 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.


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