Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Banbury, England


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RATINGS: 306   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vipinvelp (2143) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2013
Black, black, black with fine huge frosty light brown foam head, lacing to glass. Aroma is roast, toast and bitter chocolate. Taste is smooth, bitter chocolate, some toast. Aftertaste is quite a lasting bitter. (Moscow, 201302)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryecatcher (775) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pint bottle. Pours a deep opaque brown-black, massive rocky beige head that lasted to the end, great lacing. Nose is mainly roasted barley. Mouth is pleasantly smooth and medium bodied, but rather unexciting -- a pretty standard stout with a light sweetness on the back-end and some diacetyl that reminds me of S.Smith’s Taddy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2013
Strong bitter roasted malt aroma and a hint of hop too. Flavour has nice burnt malt taste, very bitter. Very full flavoured for just 4.8% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Deu (681) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle from the mullingan Crocer in Dublin. Dark brown with small head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Not really impressed. Might need to try it again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (566) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle from local supermarket. Pours well, almost black, with a decent head. Definate dark chocolate aroma, medium-full body and approaching thick texture. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12429) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
Dark brown.  Thin light brown head.  The aroma has some tartness, and light bur vague dark malts.  This fizzed up a lot, too.  There is soda-level carbonation and this restricts the ability if the tongue to perceive flavour nuances.  So I get a little roast and not a whole lot else.  Moderate bitterness.  

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (5672) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottled 500ml. -Black coloured, medium to big sized beige head, chocolate nose with hint of licorice. Light roasted malt, dark chocolate and touch of coffee with mild notes of hops in rather bitter finish. Quite nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3053) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2012
On 50 cl bottle from local shop Wirksworth. Black color, good foam. Roasted aromas, chocolate , malt and some licorice. Medium body & complexity. Good bitterness & very well balanced. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (762) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
500 ml bottle served cellar cool. Dark red-brown with a beige head. roasty aroma with all the dark malt flavours present and correct. Dark chocolate, cold coffee, a hint of dried fruit, and a pleasing biscuity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1144) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2012
Smakprov på SBWF12. Mörkt, mörkt brun öl med ett kraftfullt beige skum. Doften är något söt med kaffe och ckokladtoner. Samma i smaken tillsammans med en rostad något bitter avslutning.

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