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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: English Strong Ale
Hook Norton, England

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Winter.
"A strong, dark brown beer, offering a dominantly malty palate with nutty overtones. The finish is lyrically sweet that speaks for its strength. A fine partner to the Cheese Board."


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5956) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2010
Cask at the Nags Head, Reading. Deep mahogany in colour with a beige head; treacle aroma; complex flavour with lots of sweet malt and hints of tar, licorice and roasted nuts; the finish is dry and smoky with a sustained but gentle hoppy bitterness. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
At the Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Cask on tap, 221209. Brown with small head. Aroma of nuts and roasted barley. Flavor is caramel, fruit notes and toast

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Cask conditioned handpump Crosse Keys London. A mahogany coloured beer with a little off-white coloured head. A boozy sweetish aroma with caramel notes, as well as some nuts and raisins. The taste is similar. Nice wintery fruits and some coal. A good length and a very tasty beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unchanged

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2009
cask at Cockney Pub. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Brownamber nice colur. Modearte malty and light hoppy aroma. Powerfull fruity moderate bitter flavor. Strong nice chocolate notes. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7860) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol 16/12/09. Medium brown in colour with a slight, tan head. Sweet aroma of prunes, dates, nuts and spice, with a touch of earthiness. Flavour was also sweet, with more fruit and nuts, some chocolate and a decent bitter finish. A good winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
Cask at Charlies Bar, Cph. Pours deep chestnut brown with a nice, small, creamy, beige head. Great duration. Soft aroma, light prunes and chocolate. Low carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel - lightly prickly. Nice flavour. Lots of chocolate, fruitiness, sweet malts, toffee. Finishes with a great amount of dryness with roasted malts, cloves and good, flowery hoppiness. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40181) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
From cask at Charlies. Pours dark brown and with a mild redish glare with a small tan head. Mild fruity and hoppy aroma. Light roasted malt flavoured with a light spice note and a mild fruity accent. Dark caramel and slight breadish flavoured into a mild bitter finish. Mild liqourice note.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 18, 2008
Cask. Dark brown colour. Nice fruity aroma with dark malt. The flavour has a deep maltiness with fruits, caramel, bit of chocolate and a mild bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6746) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2007
Cask at Giddy Bridge, Southampton- Dark in colour with a fruity aroma with just a hint of sourness. Coffee and chocolate feature in the taste. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17166) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. I’ve had this in bottle so wanted to try it on cask. Looks in cracking condition. Very deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Flavour of rich malt liquorice. It really is rather good. Aroma has some sour dark fruits. Good in mouth. Slightly sweet to balance the sour fruit. Nice hop kick on the finish. Warming English winter beer. Good stuff


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