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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Hook Norton, England

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2018) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle. Black color with a big baige head. Sweet coffee, chocolat, light roasted aroma and chocolat light roasted taste. Medium body and a sweet roasted finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle. Almost black, with a small fast disappearing head. Strong coffee aroma. Some chocolate too. Nice sweet taste -again coffee and hints of chocolate. Long bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel. A really pleasant beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Black with a flash of ruby, washy cream halo of head. Real bite to it, rough burnt toast edge, slight oliy palate. Sweet finish lingers with a creamy coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle. Black with small head. Nice lace. Malty, roasted bread, liqourice, salty, pleasent bitterness. Medium to full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
Very dark brown coloured. Malt aroma. Sweet and malty flavour. Smooth and soft mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (10709) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Brownish coloured. Light brown head. Average lasting. Is pretty vague in the aroma. Some cocoa and malt notes are present. Flavour is coffee and light roastyness. Has a light bitter end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
Bottled. Some notes of chocolate in the aroma. Black beer with no head. The flavour is slightly sour and (as the commercial description suggests) powdery. Not one of the best stouts (IMO).


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