Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Banbury, England


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RATINGS: 146   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%

thepegjett's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, - APR 13, 2012
A - hoppy, with banana and coriander A - quite dark with frothy creamy head T - light sweet with full roster bitter P - full and creamy O - good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3143) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown to black pour, rocky tan head. Aroma is roasted, licorice, ripe fruits, spicy and some fresh bread. Flavor is quite sweet, roasted and thick bodied. Nice balance and quite smooth. Nice and well drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle - BCA - Dark Brown, nearly Black, in colour. Very malty; lots and lots of chocolate and espresso coffee, caramel, roasty (burnt) malts, hints of nuts and smoke. Fruity; berries. Hoppy; noticeable hop bitterness; spicy peppery hops. Dry bitter roasty malty throughout; quite salty. Very dry roasty bitter finish. Surely this should be categorised as a Dry Stout. Liked this a lot. One of my regular go-to beers. Very nice stout!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
karmagarda (6) - - JAN 11, 2014 does not count
Initial pour is great. Produced a nice head and looked inviting. First taste was ok, bit disappointing to be honest. Slight coffee taste and aromas, even a hint of a dark chocolate in there, but a little flat. Half way through and the had completely disappeared on me, so I’m guessing I didn’t get the best bottle of this. This isn’t a bad beer though so I will definitely revisit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (12612) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. A semi-clear, reddish dark brown beer topped by a big, light beige head. The aroma is roasted and slightly burnt, almost bonfire-ish, with hints of cooked vegetables in the far back. The flavor too is mostly on the dark malty side, not as bonfire-ish as the aroma, but still roasted and burnt. Some roasted malt bitterness chimes in, lasting for a good while. Full body and a nice carbonation level. A quite decent one, but I’m more into the American approach to stouts, with less bonfire and charcoal. 130508

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11893) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Cask@Beer Hunters
Dark, almost black color, good creamy beige head. Chocolaty, a bit coffeish aroma. Medium-bodied. Slightly ashy, licorice, coffee. Quite dry and even hoppy dry stout. More substance than in pasteurized bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (4000) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2013

Appearance: Almost pitch black color with a frothy tan head. Good lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate and mild fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft to average carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, mild fruity and some roasted malt.
Overall impression: Quite nice and easy drinkable. A fine mild stout
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Steen & Strøm in Oslo, Norway

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle @ home. Aroma is subtle roast,molasses and liquorice. Flavour is roasty malt,liquorice, ash.nice one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 20, 2013
I had to re-rate this stout after my good friend Jimthechap compared it to Monica Bellucci in a glass. Oh Christ of a thousand years!,What was I missing?! My first rating was not too flattering, and if this was indeed as good as MB, I’d buy a yearly supply. But not to worry. This is a hormonal thing. There’s no chemistry here and I still think it is one –dimensional. Good body, but it doesn’t do much to me. More like Penelope Cruz in a glass. / Rated 09 Sep 2012 -->I find it hard to believe that the bottle I had was so well rated on this website. Perhaps mine was not a good showcase of this stout. Excessive carbonation, growing a foamy head that spills over faster than one would be prepared for. It hangs there, like sea scum, bursting its bubbles and leaving a brown, dried framed skeleton, like a dead sponge. The aroma was subtle, coffee, roasted malts and raisins, plus the alcohol, the latter not too subtle. Flavour of malts and a tad of chocolate, not very exciting, with a little bitterness which I must confess, is well balanced. There’s hardly any finish to it. I’d like to think I was unlucky with my bottle, but maybe this is the nature of bottle-conditioned for these beers: no consistency. I must re-visit this beer one day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esp0r (1752) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle shared with simonsen, edvard & daje
Pours dark with a thin beige head. Smells of caramel, hints of roast and coffee, malts. Moderate sweet, hints of coffee, caramel and toast. Moderate bitter finish. Quite nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Superman75 (51) - - OCT 6, 2013
En besvikelse, ingen fyllighet, inget tryck, inge kräm......................................... via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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