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

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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."


jlhooker's rating

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlhooker (26) - Dublin, Ireland, - JAN 9, 2013
Cask at Black Sheep Dublin. Dark brown slight beige head. Balanced malt nutty caramel fruits taste. Very nice.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2555) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 27 December 2013. Poured a clear, dark ruby colour with a dense, off-white head and excellent head. Sweet aroma of caramel, Christmas pudding and almonds. Initial flavours dark fruit, chestnuts and apple pie. Toasted malt on the palate with some cinnamon and some stewed fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3965) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Cask at the noon under water Watford. Aroma is sweet nutty caramel and mineral. Flavour is toast, caramel and sweet nuts. Smooth palate with some praline. Riby red amber pour with a steadfast light cream head. Sweet and mineral in the finish. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2370) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Cask@the avion, aldridge. Brown beer with small head and a touch of lacing. Aroma of toffee and dark fruits. Taste is sweet malts, toffee, plums and a little more dark fruit. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9922) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Cask at the Alexandra Arms, Rugby, 16/12/13. Chestnut brown with a good sized light beige covering. Nose is dark fruit, candied orange peel, sugars, fruit loaf, toffee, light spice. Taste comprises cake mix, toffee, raisens, candied oranges, fruit peel. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, sweet finale with a little spice. Decent Xmas beer, actually has some depth to the flavours, not just artifical spice and few spoons more sugar!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3084) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Cask by hand-pump at Society Room, Glasgow (5.5% abv on the badge) - clear very dark brown, good creamy beige head, berry fruits aroma, excellent film of lacing, smooth creamy, berry fruits flavour, nicely balanced

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Live@The Felix, Nuneaton, 06/12/13. Sulphured nose easing into conifer, sprout and aniseed blandness. Syrup body with generic Bateman’s brown bitter aniseed and cooked dark sugar. An especially drain-like nose. Heady and drab.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (4223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Cask at the White Lady. Surprisingly pale red-brown pour, expected a darker beer. Some chocolate on the nose, otherwise just "malty". Taste is sweet, finish is sweet. I wouldn’t go so far as to say "lyrically". I would say it was "watery" instead. OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2144) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2013
For the sake of the social interaction just numeral ratings and/or some highlighted attributes. Quite dull strong ale from a decent brewery. Nothing worth of highlighting, but still good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2727) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 13, 2013
On cask at Porterhouse. Appearance: dark cloudy plum/raisin with a medium dirty white head. Aroma: Sour, rhubarb & cherry, a little lactose with grass and dark fruits and chocolate . Flavour: dark chocolate, a little of the tartness I got in the aroma present, cherry and chocolate, hint of chicory, coffee, good bitterness and tartness in the finish. Quite lovely.


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