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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2008
A great stout. It is dark, dark red with a huge light tan head that is long lasting and leaves pretty good lacing. The aroma is toast, chocolate, with hints of malty caramel, coffee, and a flowery quality - a ver nice, well-rounded stout aroma. The taste is chocolate, prunes, toast, at first sweet, thick, and oily but thinning out a little and becoming more light, dry, tingly, and lively, with a light flowery quality and bitterness in the finish added to the rest.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Christchurch. This one has a fine aroma of roasted malts, freshly ground coffee and a gentle aroma of Black Forest Gateau. Pours jet black with a small, but lasting, beige head. The taste is absolutely divine; fantastically smooth chocolate flavours and a hint of coffee. Silky smooth on the palate and a delightful lingering bitterness. I liked this one so much, that I’ve just been out in the rain to get some more.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Rating #500. Poured a very dark brown with a medium light brown head. Chocolaty sweet aroma. Thick, creamy, dry palate. Nice roasty malt/chocolate ctaste. Good lacing. Great smokey finish. All in all a damn good beer for a 500th rating.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2008
500ml brown bottle from Ron’s Market in Farmington. Pours a black body with ruby-red highlights and a quarter to half inch of very light tan head. Smells roasty, with caramel, nut and butter notes all very present. Tastes like chocolate, butter, nut, caramel. Flavors are each subtle, but together make a pleasant and tasty brew. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. This one is an easy drinker for sure, despite the rich flavor and moderate mouth-feel. Not sure what makes this a ’double’ stout, but it’s a phenomenal English stout, possibly the best I have had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3767) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Coffee and chocolate in the aroma, while the flavor is very malty and smooth. Overall a great stout, yet still easy to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2011
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a creamy nougat colored head. The aroma is fantastic - lots of creamy milk chocolate/sweet dark chocolate up front wih undertones of buttery cookies, dark fruits, brown sugar, grainy dark bread and light earthy and mild spicy hops. Bit milky and coconut-like. Maybe a touch of mint and sal ammoniac. The flavour is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Roasted, toasted, robust (earthy and spicy) hoppy, light fruity and light nutty. The mouthfeel is creamy, round and velvety with a light to medium carbonation. Mild roast/toast and lingering hops bitterness on the finish. Medium (Surprisingly robust) body. Fantastic!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Pours dark rown with thick brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, some sweet berries and a touch of liquorice. Taste is full, roasted, coffee and the dryness of hops and caramel - very nice. Refreshing and full.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2007
Had this on a windswept sunday afternoon in front of the fire.....i only bought one and i wish i had at least two more. What a beer, i’ve had so many porter style beers that have a real acridity to them but this one is lovely and smooth with great roast malt chocolate flavours, almost as good as fullers porter!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2178) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Overcarbonated. Opened the bottle at my desk and a couple of papers fluttered in the blast of CO2. Poured a mammoth volume of very foamy, frothy, sudsy, light tan head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Aroma is malt, roast, toffee, cocoa, coffee, vanilla. Flavor is like aroma and very tasty. No sharpness at all; well balanced. Body is good once it settles down. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Session beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 20, 2013
Excelente stout no estilo britânico, saborosa e leve, malte perceptível em sua intensidade com notas de café e chocolate, ótimo drikability, recomendo ela para iniciação de amigos "brahmeiros".


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