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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10838) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2015
Cask, half pint at Crosse Keys (JDW) in London, shared with Finn. Clear, deep dark brown body. Beige head, some of it remaining. Dark malty aroma with hints of almond. Malty flavours as well, including nuts, caramel and anise. Roasted bitter ending. Medium bodied. Fits the season (30.11.2015).

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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9604) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Cask, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are very vinous with burnt toast and toffee with black currants and strawberry. Molasses with bready cookie dough. Flavours are fruity and sweet with dry and spicy red wine notes. Viscous with a warming palate. A proper winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9296) - 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 (9178) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (9040) - 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.

3.9
   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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (8289) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7759) - 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.


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