Not at all a bad brew. There are hoppier versions, sweeter versions. There are some with a smoky flavor that this one doesn't have. But Blackhook is still a damned respectable beer, black, sweet enough, has that rich warm porter character that stops just short of a stout. It holds its own, and is different enough that you'd want to have this every now and again as a change of pace. A good, thick, hearty winter brew. I recommend it.
Reviewed: May 15, 2004