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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2004
Bottled. I'm not really a fan of stouts, but this was better than any mass market rubbish. Strong coffee/chocolate character, but a little too harsh for me. I'll take a Young's Double Chocolate Stout over this (cask or bottle).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oli (108) - DENMARK - APR 19, 2004
This is truly a wonderful double stout.Dark,full bodied and extremly tasty.I could drink loads of this stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (860) - SWEDEN - APR 3, 2004
An apparent roasty and ashy fragrance. A good head, not too creamy. The aroma is a bit thin, but well balanced. Very soft.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2643) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2004
Black colour. Firm, medium head. Liquorice and cocoa-aroma. Smooth coffee and cocoa-flavour. Dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2641) - GERMANY - FEB 16, 2004
Toasted malt nose, dark dark brown-black color. Nice roastedness in the middle of a rather quick profile. Thinish, but with a good balance and a clean palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14264) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 Bottle
Very dark brown, almost black but some reddish. Lasting small tanned creamy head. Mild roasted malt aroma. Very smooth palate with fine coffee flavor. Very drinkable "light" but not watery stout! (5/5/8/5/16 3.9)
Re-rated, bottled (BB 10/2006)
Dark brown, good tanned foamy head. Menthol hoppy nose. A bit thin roasted and chocolaty, a bit hoppy. Quite light for the name "double stout". (6/4/6/3/12 3.1)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown with a ruby-coloured bubbly head. Wood and coffe in the aroma. Coffee notes in the flavour with a fruity background. The finish is nicely hoppy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14376) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2004
Black color, ok brownish head. Aroma is sweet, with licorice and some cocoa. Flavor brins some whipped cream (?) and smoked fish. Quite a combination...*s* But all together, this is a good stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4434) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2004
Standard dark stout appearance with a slightly roasted alcohol aroma, and a light coffee flavour with an alcohol finish. Overall an average stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 (Bottled) Very dark brown with a medium, foamy and lacy, beige head. Milky-roasty aroma with dark chocolate and salty licorice. Dry and quite ashy, burned-malty flavor with sweet licorice breeze in the middle, and a quite quickly fading ashtray finish. There’s more color malt than I’d like, but somehow it suits this one better than most. Ashiness fades away, though, as the beer warms up. When only slightly cooled in the first place, the flavor is a bit dull and uninspiring, leaving out some of the licorice. The "serve cool, not chilled" in the label seems like a good advice. Medium-bodied, pretty foamy-carbonated and ashy palate - mostly slicky-smooth when warm. A nice stout, and nice to have it back in the Finnish monopoly stores after the 3 years’ break. Nothing but the bottle has changed - even the score remained the same :) Too bad (well, not really :) we now also have access to the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout, so there’s no reason to buy this - but anyway... (Bottled, rated 1/17/2004, was 6-4-7-4-14=3.5) Very dark brown color, foamy, off-white head. Malty but dry aroma. Pretty full-bodied flavor, that has lots of roasted malt and some smokedness. Dry, chalky finish with bitterness tingling on the tongue.


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