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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 157   ABV: 5.23%
A traditional London-style, top-fermented black porter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2002
Pretty stong roasted malt aroma, with just an inkling of caramel. Dark brown/black in color, but lost its head quickly. Flavor was marred by a weight-loss chocolate shake taste, very strange. It was incredibly thin for a porter, and had little body. The finish was actually hopped well, but it couldnt save the brew. Characteristicly mediocre as Red Hook goes, and in that vein, somewhat of a dissapointment.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TChrome (1458) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2002
Not a bad porter, but definately doesnt measure up to standard porters, Fullers and Anchor. Seems rather one dimensional. With a fairly straight roasted malt flavor, unlike the flavor of Fullers Porter which seems to have four or five elements. A good value at $4.99 per sick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2178) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 As with all of RedHooks 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
The aroma is plain and doesnt 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. Its mostly bitter and like someone said before it is a porter-like liquid. The bottle says its dark, not bitter. I say its dark AND bitter. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2002
Nice aroma and color, plus a decent bitterness. Felt a little watery, but a fairly pleasurable ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2002
Some dark coffeish tones and hints of spice but its basically a cheap, watery porterlike liquid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2002
Nice black color with a deep roasted coffee aroma. Hints of burnt chocolate on the palate. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
dark, roasted coffee flavor. mouthfeell was surprisingly thin. above average porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
Not a beer I will drive out of my way to obtain, but the Blackhook should be one of Redhooks frontliners! Its dark stout color rewards you with a clean, hoppy, rich winter-beer flavour. I prefer Widmer Brothers Winter Nakt, but the Blackhook has a nice dry flavour that is palatable pint after pint.

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