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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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
A Sim rate (cask at the White Horse): Honey, malt and sweet maple syrup. No head, but brown/amber appearance. Nice tart syrup loveliness in the flavour. Sweet but malt but bitter. Brandy and maraschino cherries. Very nice. Flavour prevails in the finish with sweet syrup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2007
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Surely the best Hooky beer. Dark brown with a beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Dark, sweet, rich, fruity taste, vinous and wonderful. Bitter finish. Totally delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20831) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
Cask @ Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a ruby colour with an off-white head. Malty fruity vinous aroma. Fruity malty dry bitter vinous flavor. Dry malty finish with a long bitter fruity finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Cask at Charlies. Clear orange red coloured with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, caramel and hops. Flavvour of fruits, caramel, butterscotsch and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
Cask handpump at The Wellington, Birmingham. Very dark brown in appearance, with a short head. A relatively strong hop/citrus scent. Flat and slightly thin, but not too bad. Reasonable bitterness and just a hint of sweetness, with a dry finish. Full of hops, slightly roasted nuts and plums and cherries. Not too rich and doesn’t taste as strong as it is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8853) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
Cask at Merton Winter Beer Festival 2005 (retrospectively added from diary notes) A dark strong beer, slight aroma of caramel very smooth and warming. Very good winter ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 20/01/2004 Dark coloured with some alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Warming smooth malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Lion Inn, Nottingham 12/12/2006 Fruity aroma. Dark coloured fruity slightly rich on the palate and spicy. Crisp slightly warming smooth roast finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4268) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Hand pulled at probably the Wellington, Birmingham. Pretty dark. A fruity, dark berry styled ESB. Sweet, smooth and thick. A bit sticky, but engaging.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12189) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Dark red with little head. Malty aroma with a bit of fruit. Rich malt and molasses flavour with a little burned caramel and an excellent hop flavour and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 20, 2005
Pint pulled at The Raiway in Putney (London), a dark ruby brown withsa filmy head. A very strong malty aroma and a slight fruitiness. The malt is very strong again in the flavour with something sweetish in the background (kind of like cherries). Sits is the mouth beautifully and gives me a warming feeling (a little like brandy).


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