Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Banbury, England


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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask & Bottle Conditioned (Special); Seasonal - Winter.
Hook Norton also Bottling this as Bottle Conditioned, Winter / Spring '08 for a limited period at 4.8%

JohnCook101's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnCook101 (349) - - NOV 13, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours almost opaque with a dark, thin crema-like head that disappears quickly. Mild malty aroma. Sweet toast and spice, followed by malty caramel and a mild bitter finish. Smooth and rich without being too heavy, the sweetness, bitterness and malt are in perfect balance to produce an excellent well rounded beer. This is delicious and definitely one to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (4154) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle 50cl, kindly shared by shared by Calisky. A dark beer with good copper head, long retention. Nose is on dark coffee, espresso notes. Aroma is on dry roasted malt, lot of dark chocolate notes, coffee, very clean, smooth, perfect chocolate notes and aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Calisky (1134) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 2, 2014
Trade with McTapps Couleur noire, bonne mousse beige. Nez malté café. Gout malt toasté, café grillé. Corps cremeux. Super buvable. Fin assez longue café douce. Pas mal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (3426) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy very dark brown with airy but stable light tan head. Clear aroma of malt and coffee, with notes of caramel and roast. Bitter, roasty flavor, with notes of coffee and malt, and touches of caramel and hints of hops. Lingering, bitter and roasty aftertaste. A well-balanced and really nice Stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8493) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
500ml bottle kindly shared by Finn. Creamy. Light brown coloured head. Deep ruby coloured body. Dotted spots to the glassware. Dark malt drive nose. Flavoured with chocolate, coffee, and earthy malts. Roasted ending. Medium bodied. Fair enough (session at Finns, Tromsø 05.08.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Ruby brown pour, big brown head. Roasty dark chocolate aroma. Malty roasty chocolate flavors. Dark chocolate finish. A lot of flavor for a <5% ABV stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Very malty and chocolatey aroma. Black colour with too much head. Very malty flavour with strong chocolate finish and hints of nuts. Heavy creamy body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djoeye (1855) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
Bright head, milky layers. Black brown body. Aroma; textile fibres, earth, old milk, cocoa. Taste; dry chocolate, prunes, plums, roasted dark caramel malts. Smooth green’ish on palate. Finishes chocolate’ish with some bitter notes. Acceptable, though unvaried. Easy sipper. [50cl. brown british btl. 4.8%abv. kindly shared at RatingSession@Finn w Rune]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (871) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Very dark brown colour with medium off-white head. Roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits in aroma. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa. Dry coffee bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
Flaske 500ml fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Fellesinnkjøp med Rune. Delt med ham og djoeye på Nerstranda 5 Aug 14. Svart. Svakt amber. Litt farge på skummet. Forsiktig aroma av sjokolade. Smaken er syrlig metallisk. Uvariert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1514) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

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