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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2013
500ml bottle in Porterhouse Cork. Pours a charcoal black with a tan bubbly head. Aroma is great if slightly peculiar, taking in coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, cream and a hint of off-putting fishyness. Taste is a light roasty bitterness with a quite a bit of balanced sweetness going on. Lots of toast, milky chocolate and latte in the taste. Slightly dry but sweet finish. Smooth and creamy in the mouthfeel. Quite a tasty stout, kind of like what Guinness should be. I’ll be drinking this one again, should the opportunity arise.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gruberm (329) - - APR 1, 2013
Clearing backlog. No comments. Apologies, future ratings will have detail. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2791) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2013 Flaske fra polet, delt med Willy: en herlig aroma av nybrent kaffe treffer nesen før første slurk treffer ganen, og resultatet er en fin ølopplevelse. God munnfylde (for bare 4,8%) med passe karbonering, og overraskende lang ettersmak. 4,8% er rene lettølet i ratingsammenheng, men dette er engelsk bryggekunst på sitt beste - velbalansert og smaksrikt på lave alkoholstyrker. Ny flaske med Egil høyner fra 3,6 til 3,9.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (2061) - WALES - MAR 18, 2013
Dec 2012 - Roasted barley and smoke flavours, mild. They advertise ’toast’ flavour and I wouldn’t disagree. It’s quite a nice stout and I’ve no complaints.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vipinvelp (2370) - 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)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryecatcher (826) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3423) - Breda, 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Deu (723) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (630) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12789) - 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.  


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