Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Banbury, England


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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottled. Pasteurised.
A smooth, full-bodied stout with a refreshing hoppy aftertaste. Brewed with proportions of Black Malt for colour and ítoastí flavour and Brown Malt for dryness. Based on a recipe over 100 years old, brewing was revived in 1996 after a break of 79 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2006
Impressive mild stout. Itís really nice to be reminded, that stouts donít *have* to be huge, vulgar things with added chocolate, coffee and so on and so forth (though I really like those as well). Almost black beer with a reddish brown tint when held up to the ligth - almost a 5 on the appearance but the head is just slightly too small even if it did last forever and left a nice bit of lacing. Lovely aroma of plums, freshly ground coffee beans and and a dash of bitter chocolate. Smooooth. roasted malts dominate the taste - cappucino and candy roasted nuts with tiny specks of hops thrown in for good measure. More characteristic than big on flavour very pleasant.Only drawback is a less than pronounced aftertaste. Ta very much. (Please note: Bottle stored for a year)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2006
A crackiní stout, really smooth and has loads of roast malt on the nose (coffee there too) and palate. Itís typically dark with an off white head which isnít that thick but lasts well and leaves a good lace. The long finish has a slight bitterness but thats well balanced by the richness of the malt. I loved this! Asda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2212) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
From bottle. Sweet liquor, chocolate coffee aroma. Fantastic deep black appearance. Frothy stainded head. Great smooth charred coffee taste. Great texture like silk. However a slight bitter after taste. Great stout but would have liked it to have a better finish through to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2006
Aroma comes off as grassy hops but as it warms goes into chocolate and toasty flavours. Taste is more chocolate but the hops are still present, better balanced than more stouts iv had this year and possibly the best rating of a stout so far because of that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Brown highlighted black with a dense cap of tan. Deep char aroma, sort of along the lines of flaming marshmellow. A little overbearing at first, but it softens and there is a creaminess there too. Chewy, slighty tart coffee flavor. Sort of a thin palate. Itís cool that this is a revival of an old recipe, and I love to see Hooky tapping into their rich history for inspiration. But good stories aside, the stout is not a standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2006
Toffee and booze-scented stout with a firm roasty bitterness, smoky coffeeish notes, and a teasing creaminess. Not to mention the marmite-on-toast. Oh yes. Reddish-black body with filthy yellowish froth and an unusual transparency (for a stout). But whoís looking? Itís already disappeared. Very nicely rounded stout, thankyou very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2167) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Dark reddish brown with a small brown foam. malty and roasted tones. Malt, coffee and roasted taste with a full body and a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark reddish brown beer with alight brown head. Roasted malty nose with hints of fruit and a chocolate sweetness. Coffee bitter flavor with some chocolate sweetness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11264) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Pours dark rown with thick brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, some sweet berries and a touch of liquorice. Taste is full, roasted, coffee and the dryness of hops and caramel - very nice. Refreshing and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2006
Bottled. Lovely - not extreme strong but strong enough - coffee and chocolate aroma with black currant. Deep brown color, small light brown head, very nice lace. Flavors are good, of course coffee and chocolate and nice roasted malt bitterness. But the name double stout triggers a feeling that isnít there. The palate is quite weak and even sparkling. What a pitty. But still a nice beer.

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