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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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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."


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2005
Cask (handpump), Lord Moon of the Mall, Whitehall. A tasty, if relatively restrained, winter warmer. Plummy fruit, smooth caramel malt, nutty nuances with enough spicy hop to provide balance. Ticks all the right boxes without being too ostentatious. A fine specimen.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11217) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7539) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5384) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2007
Cask at Giddy Bridge, Southampton- Dark in colour with a fruity aroma with just a hint of sourness. Coffee and chocolate feature in the taste. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10618) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2009
cask at Cockney Pub. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Brownamber nice colur. Modearte malty and light hoppy aroma. Powerfull fruity moderate bitter flavor. Strong nice chocolate notes. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
Cask at Cockney pub Århus. Small head with short duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are nuts, caramel, roast malt and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2107) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 <i>2008-11-24, Gravity at The Wharf, Aalborg, 6-3-7-4-14=</i>
Black color. Good body, rich flavor, with medium-dark caramel, chocolate, light residual sweetness, light liquorice, correct bitterness. Very good.

<i>2005-12-03, Cask Conditioned at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen, 6-3-7-3-14=33</i>
Dark color. Some malt aroma. Oily and malt taste, strong, very good.


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