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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Hook Norton, England

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - 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 (11283) - 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 (8749) - 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).

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 (889) - 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 (2755) - 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 (2651) - 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 (15601) - 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 (3851) - 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.


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