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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."


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13533) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3627) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9158) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (5913) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onystrom (1316) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
Cask - Cockney pub Århus. Borwn colour with okay head. Aroma and taste are nuts, caramel, roast malt and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
Cask. Pours a clear orangey brown with a rough beige head. The nose has roast and dark dried fruit. Medium body, Port-like sweetness, prunes and raisin with a touch of roast. Decently hoppy finish. 190111

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9841) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg. Clear dark red brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and dried fruit. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Smooth and soft finish. 251210

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ Charlies Bar, Pilestraede 33, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear dark brown amber color with a small to average, fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light roasted and nutty, spices - fruity notes ! Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, malty, sweet, nutty. Body is medium, texture is oily - sticky and smooth, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110114]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Amber/brown colored beer with a decent beige head. Chocolate aroma, some nuts, some toffee. Flavor from chocolate and fruits, toffee and again some nutty notes.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7002) - 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!


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