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. Ernest (7793) - 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. 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. 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 doesn't generally find in this style. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
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
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
Below average porter, light body some roasted malt flavor, otherwise bland. DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Nice porter with some authority & good tatse. Slightly bitter aftertase that went away quickly. stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 10, 2002
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
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.