omhper (21282) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Loch Ness, Stockholm. Cloudy reddish amber,rocky head. Caramelly nose with some paper. Medium sweet, light bodied. Some wonderful chewy doughy malt laquered by vague hay-like hops. Medium bitterness. The malt carries this beer, and that is where Hook Norton excels.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
[Bottle from magic_dave6] caramel colour with a small head. Very heavy, doughy malt aroma, some peach notes. thin body, more fruit on the palate. A bit of a mess to be honest.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is biscuity, some lemon coming through though dominated by malt, soem grass eventually shows up. Taste is similar and seriously malty, fruityness starts coming through as it moves on.
rauchbier (3665) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber gold, thin short white head and moderate condition. Gentle fruity melon and hop flower in the nose with some low maltiness, soft and thin in the mouth with low caramel and a moderate fruity hoppiness, gentle hop bitterness in the finish.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, picked up at the brewery. Pours copper orange with a cap of off white. Dried fruit and kind of a sherry sweetness. Not unpleasant, but also clearly suffering from some oxidation. In spite of that, the flavors are bright and fruity, and mostly clean with a nice marmalade finish. Nice delicate palate. This tastes like a really nice bitter that got a little roughed up in pasteurizing/bottling. Hooky makes great ales, but they need their own bottling line. And they really ought to bottle condition. Much better cask.
Fin (8331) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, thought I’d rated this some time ago but as I’d picked up one amongst others from SH Jones Bicester 23-09-06 I may as well rate it here. A warm golden colour you can get hops in the aroma but not much. Taste is a bit unbalanced and not at all like the cask version bitterness seems to be a bit unchecked and ends up becoming one of the main features masking all else, some maltiness little sweetness but as already mentioned they are drowned out by the bitterness. Ok but not great
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottle 50 cl) In my version simply called "Hook Norton Bitter". Pale caramel colour with a small head. Weak malty character and ditto bitterness. But very, very quaffable. A fairly ordinary Bitter. 210301
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber colour with a small head. Aroma is quite strong with sweet malt and grassy hops. Taste of malt with melon fruit. Too much carbonation. Medium bitterness.
imdownthepub (11392) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Golden colour with slight white head. Doesn’t fare too well in a pasteurised bottle in my opinion, the subtelties are lost, the delicate bitterness and malty sweetness. This has a harsher flavour, one dimensional with a harder bitterness on the finish.
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not the best bitter at all. Very weak specimen of the bitter style, it lacks complexity. Bit skunky hops and malts, and not the pleasant bitterness as some/many other bitters.