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 ’toast’ 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21914) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottled. Black/dark amber colour, big beige foamy head. Sweet caramellish malt in aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt and caramel in favour. A bit watery, but the flavour is very pleasant. 5 4 7 3 12

Bottled. Very dark brown colour, huge beigeish brown creamy head. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and some hops in aroma. The flavour is very chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and spices. Aftertaste is lots of smoked wood and roast. 7 4 7 3 14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
Dark colour but not much of a head. Aroma is complex: coffee, chocolate and christmas cake fruit. Taste is of burnt toast and coffee, reminiscent of tiramisu. Sweetness at first; at the end comes a moment of sourness followed by bitterness. I’m not a regular stout drinker, so this was interesting, even intriguing, though I don’t think it will become a favourite pint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2005
Dark copper coloured beer with a small head. The aroma is pure roasted coffee. The taste is very bitter with burnt coffee. The finish is somewhat dry. Still it is a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johndoughty (4170) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
Dark and rather bland.Quite bitter for a stout but not one of Hook Nortons best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Very dark with an underlying reddish tint and a nice, creamy light-brown head. Very roasted, but not smoked. A pronounced bitterness in the palate. 050804

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours dark brown with a thin disappearing tan head. Nice sweet malt and chocolate aroma with creamy hints. Roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate notes. Quite full and a nice taste. Not the fullest stout, but still very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11135) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2005
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark red to black beer with slight head. Toasted flavours throughout, some chicory, coffee and chocolate malt. Tongue drying though balanced with a fruity grape note. Very slightly sour at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. The colour is black with a tint of wine red. The thin lid of foam is beige.

The smell is fresh with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and some sweet burned malt.

The carbonation is string and a bit tickly.

The taste is burned, bitter and a bit sour. I found notes of black coffee and some cream; the body was surprisingly weak for a stout. The aftertaste is rather short with dry burned notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1968) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2005
Very dark brown with red flashes. Aroma is coffee and sweet roasted malts. Same for the taste plus some chocolate and a sweet roasted finish. Medium bodied, drinkable and nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5360) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Jan, 2005 Bottled. Well. Having this just after Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is quite a revelation. I mean this is not one of the best stouts I’ve ever had, but boy it tastes world class compared to that Sam Smith’s nonsense. Good fresh fruit and coffee and chocolate. Even though filtered, this has no boiled off flavours, and everything tastes pleasantly fresh and in order. Mmmmm. I’m enjoying this. [3.3]
Nov, 2006 Bottled. Very drinkable and pleasant. Less dry and bitter than the Guinness style, less coffee accented than some modern stouts, less sweet than stronger examples. It defines itself by why it is not, largely because it doesn’t set out to define its own place in the stout world. A quiet stout - by that I don’t mean bland or flavourless, but lacking in distinctive character. Drinkable and tasty - and that by itself is good enough for me on most days. Nice one. [3.0]

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