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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."


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4353) - 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.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (3982) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Cask at the Moon under Water, Hounslow. Near black with a lasting beige head. Lightly plummy nose with hints of cocoa and roast coffee. Rich and creamy textured, dry-sweet and roasty-fruity. Finishes burnt-sweet and dry roasty bitter. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3917) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3523) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2011
Cask at JDW Holloway. Dark red brown with bubbly off white head. Aroma yeast, very fruity, bit of pear, quite vinous. Taste is sweet, raspberry jam. Medium bodied with sweet finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2898) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Cask at William Jolle (Spoons), Northwood Hills. A dark brown/ruby coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Malty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes the same, malty, caramel, dark fruit, slightly nutty (like me). One of the better UK festive brews available.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2890) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2818) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2561) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2005
Cask conditioned 5.5% @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Dark raisiny fruit and toffee. Some sweetness with a little almondy alcohol and bittersweet crystal finish. Tasty but subtle flavours.


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