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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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5395) - 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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5275) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Jan, 2004. <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/59/590 Catford. This is one of those beers I’ve been wanting to try for some time, and I was so pleased to see it on the pump. I had a few anxious moments as the barman was pumping it up - it was frothing all over the place as though it were the bottom of the cask. He stopped pumping and put the foaming glass on the counter only half full. I was fully expecting the words, "It’s finished." But he just sighed, got another glass and tried again. More foam. More pumping. More foam. More pumping. Until at last he put a soaking wet glass on the counter in front of me - full to the brim. I smiled in relief! And what a nice beer it is. Good dark malty flavours - not top quality - a bit salty, and the flavours are little limited in range - but nice enough. The body is reasonable, but the beer does comes over more like a dark lager than a dark ale (not helped in this case by being served a bit too cold). And the salty taste becomes irritating after a while. I took the sticky glass in my hand and patiently warmed it up. The flavour marginally improved, but didn’t lift into top quality. A decent ale, never-the-less. [3.2]
Dec, 2005.<a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/18/181 Welling.First impression - lots of sweet malt, lots of alcohol, sweet. Then the hops sneak through the crusty sugar, adding a dark edge, but that intense sweetness keeps asserting itself. There’s good stuff in here - the sugar dipped raisins and chocolate dipped plums, but the whole is so dominated by the sweet, sweet, drippingly sweet, oozingly sweet, walking knee deep in sugar sweet malt, and then by the boom, boom, boom, look at my oily biceps alcohol, that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I hoped I would. [3.0]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Cask at Charlies, Copenhagen. Deep reddish colour with a small off white head. Dark fruit sweet aroma. Malty caramel sweet flavor with notes of dark fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2004
[Cask conditioned] Dark chestnut coloured. Malty aroma with nots of dark fruits. Malty, sweet, caramelly and nutty flavour with notes of raisins. Warming and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4674) - 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
   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.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3960) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3913) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3079) - 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


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