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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Banbury, England

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RATINGS: 304   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Bottle.A tasty stout,dark and ruby with liquorice and chocolate,rich and malty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
Dark color, with ruby shades; thick and generous creamy head. Very nice aroma: malt, roasted malt, cheesy, light ammonia. The flavor is less original, starts weak, then the roasted malt and coffee take their place. Ends with a long coffee note.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
Bottled. Red-brown with very low color for a stout. Roasted fruity aroma with tones of chocolate and a bit sourish. Roasted malty flavor with müsli tones and dry finish. Very thin for stout according to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2003
(bottled) Almost black with a nice thick beige head. Roasty aroma with hints of dried plums, coffee, chocolate, licorice and smoke. Strong flavour of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with hints of smoke and dried friot. Flavourful and quite easy to drink. Good stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2003
Fruity nose, rasins, figs, with some mollasses, light chocolate, licorice and roasty scents. The palate is first fruity (raisins,figs) and then leads into a chocolately, softly roasty, bitter finish, some tangy hops in the finish aswell, also found the beer to be a bit jammy. Nice long roasted finish, nice, light and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2003
great black colour with creamy light brown head. Coffe and roasted nut nose, powerful coffee toasted malt and brown suger taste. Very dry with a long earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2003
Bottled. Very dark black with juicy brown head. Big chocolate aroma, dry roasted flavour, slight ash feel about it. It was a lovely beer but somehow not a quite a smooth as it was good looking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2003
Bottled. Very dark brown. Firm off-white head. Rich aroma with licorice and coffee. Salty and malty, soft and balanced with nice chocolatey bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2003
A black beer with a fine head. The aroma is sweet and roasted. And the flavor is smoked, filling and soft. A really nice beer.


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