Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Banbury, England


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Bona cervesa, ťs bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (3650) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2014
Classy one with a balanced mixture of chocolate, some malt and coffee. Bittersweet ending with a great for that low ABV. Top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (3649) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2014
Pours out of the bottle in a deep black colour with steady creamy head and smooth body. Wonderful aroma of espresso and chocolate. Taste of espresso, dark chocolate, cacao, berries, torf, malt and plums. Smooth and quaffable to drink - enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (841) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 3, 2014
(Bottle 0,5l)
Aroma : Chocolate, roasted malt.
Appearance : Opaque black color. Medium, light brown head.
Taste : Light sweet, roasted bitter, chocolate.
Palate : Medium body. Dry finish.
Overall : Classic stout, average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorm (1114) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 26, 2014
Svart farve med lyst skum. Lukt av rÝstet malt, kaffe, sjokolade. Smak av sjokolade, kaffe og rÝstet malt. Fruktig med moe bitter ettersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1241) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 26, 2014
God duft av kafe, lakris, vanilje og bek. Dyp sort farge. Lite skum, ring langs kant. God smak av kaffe, vanilje og lakris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3299) - 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 Iím guessing I didnít get the best bottle of this. This isnít 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 (13224) - 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 Iím more into the American approach to stouts, with less bonfire and charcoal. 130508

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