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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.


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 (20330) - 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 (29989) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2002
Dark brown, nice light brown head which diminish, only a little lace. Roasted malt in the nose. Roasted malt, coffee-like, soft and smooth, bitter and pretty full-bodied, not too sweet or dry. Palate is more roasted, more coffee-like and long.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2002
Bottled. Deep brown, almost black with a good cream coloured head and plenty of condition. Lots of roast malt in the nose, coffee and chocolate in the mouth and a sweetness in the finish that reminds me of cold creamy coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8478) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2002
Mmm, a silky smooth stout with not too much sweetness present. Nice finisg, too - long and clean.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Pours with a quickly dissipating head and though dark, the color wasn’t overwhelming (did I have too high of expectations for a ’double’ stout?). Aroma rather muted, but the flavor and palate were excellent. Distinct smokiness, with sweet overtones of caramel. Very chewy, long finish. Perhaps not the most complex stout ever, but very nice.


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