Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Banbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Bottled. Pasteurised.
A well balanced and full bodied beer demonstrating fruitiness, with the Crystal Malt content being distinctive. The hoppy mouth gives way to a sweeter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sm89walt (1783) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. This is a dark, hazy amber beer with a thick and firm beige head. Its aromas are quite dusty with sweet caramel and butterscotch. Unfortunately these aromas do not translate into flavours. They are predominantly grassy and resinous instead. Quite thick on the palate and an average bitter finish ends the beer. I was somewhat disappointed with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10188) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
The color is extremely beautiful like liquid red amber. The head is moderate but gives nice lacing. The aroma is hoppy and malty with notes of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and the flavour has complexity with notes of sweetness, fruit, caramel and licorice-soft roasted malt. The finish is moderate but sufficiently bitter. It’s a very well balanced beer, and with it’s low ABV it has a fantastic full body. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8005) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle from SH Jones, Bicester, 29-09-07 Pours dark amber with white head. Some dark fruits gently waft in the aroma which is mainly sweet malts. Tastes fruity, but darker fruits, some dried plums maybe and plenty of soft caramel, finishes with hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
Bottled. A dark brown/ruby coloured beer with a fast disappearing off-white coloured head. The aroma is fruity and malty. Alcohol notes come through together with raisins. The taste is fruity and malty also. Very smooth and mellow, tasting stronger than it is. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6626) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown with a slight off-white head. Aroma of caramel and dried fruit. Flavour was malty with some more fruit and a bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13949) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle at KØ07. Green apple aroma. Clear greyish brown colour. The flavour is OK, spicy with a hint of apple. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUN 29, 2007
Pretty light brown color with lasting head. My nose picks up some alcohol and fresh aromas. Nice easy drinking and not stuffy at all like some ales. I needed something to cheer me up and Old Hooky worked! =)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and hops. Fruity flavour of caramel and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle @ Copenhagen Øl Festival. Average beige fizzy head that mostly lasted. Light cloudy amber colour. Aroma was floral, caramel, fruit and some burned notes as well. Medium bodied with a flat carbonation. Light bitter and sweet flavour. Somewhat dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabjork (674) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2007
Bottled. Dark red / brown in colour with a beige head. The aroma is malty and a bit on the dry side. The flavour is smooth and malty.

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