Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, Rose & Crown, Oxford. Burnished copper, fine cream white head. Deep spicy fruit aroma, cinnamon, Christmas pud, plummy tartness. Dry leathery apricot flavor, a lovely tanic brush to the finish. Simple, unpretentious beer, but when it’s in good shape, Hooky is a real stunner. The rustic beauty of an open fermention with a robust English yeast at it’s best.
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[CASK: The Waterhouse, Manchester 13/02/07] A very pleasant ale that is good in flavour and overall a nice ale.
berkshirejohn (4209) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Jolly Anglers, Reading. A pale reddish chestnut colour, with a white head; little aroma; dry and fruity in the mouth, with hints of orange, becoming seeter, and then leaving a modetrately bitter finish. Pleasant, but not outstanding.
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Beer Hunters. Copperish amber colour with longlasting, slightly off-white head. Aroma is flowery hops, some fruits and grass. Flavour goes through quite the same.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Charlies, Copenhagen. Amber, reddish colour with a small off white head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a hoppy note. Hoppy floral flavor with some fruity sweetness.
TBone (11947) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper brown color, steady white head, some lace. Clover aroma, some honey sweetness. Fresh flowery hoppy flavor, lots of cut grass. Soft mouthfeel, flowery hoppy aftertaste. Nice session beer from fresh cask.
StueyD (1071) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A mid to dark coppr coloured beer with a strong, frothy white head. A malty aroma, with hints of dark fruit, but a touch bready. The taste is bitter, malty, with the fruitiness coming through from the nose. Bready again, with a slightly sour, yeasty flavour at the end. Not entirely sure this was at its best, a re-rate will be in order. (Cask - The Globe JDW, King’s Lynn, Norfolk).
Rune (7365) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint on cask. Perfect served temperature. Hazy amber with a reddish or ruby tint to it. Dark malty aroma. Spicy flavour containing dark fruit and a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied (Guest ale at The Greyhound in Ipswich 22.09.2006).
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask at Murphy’s in Lemington: Brilliant ale. aroma is slight and of malt and hops. lovely dark coper color with beautiful head off the hand pump. flavor is very full and friuty. Loads of citrus. Very complex. Palate was rather thin, but it still brilliant. Chees!
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, handpump @ the Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton.
Bright golden copper in body, slightly tawny, light residual carbonation but no head formed nor would it. Distinct tree bark-lined toffee malt nose with some zesty orange marmalade mixed in. Quite flat and lifeless in the mouth. Nice rounded, ripe orange and mango juice flavours with a touch of sharper peach. Reasonably dry otherwise. Finish is fruity bitter, light showing of malt and marmalade in the swallow, slightly woody/yeasty. It’s nice I must admit, but alongside the Hooky Gold, Charter 400 and standard Hooky Bitter it just doesn’t excite. A classic in its own right though!!!