Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle from SH Jones, Bicester, Oxon consumed at Carol & Haydns Summer Party, Saturday 30th June 2012 Fruity and full bodied with a bitterness that continues. Tangy with a chewy toffee bite, fruitiness continues. Ok with a little softness. Bit dry at the end. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0 DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2012 Total Score: 3.1
Cask, gravity at Banbury Beer Festival 10.05.12 Pours amber no head. Toffee is very much evident in the mouth and this has a quite thick mouthfeel. This is pleasant enough but after some very good cider and a great Brew Wharf beer it does fall back into line somewhat and would be trailing those by a considerable margin, though this is an ok Hooky beer. However to put this into context it seems just a little flabby and old fashioned, nothing particularly wrong with that, but its a bit like a porky old time heavyweight fighter in an contest against an up and coming young lean, mean, speedy fighter. Yes it is a Hooky beer and it knows where to aim its shots but you know where they are coming from and the impact of these before you even take a sip, it lacks in the hops department, has too much caramel and toffee malty flavours and is a little leaden. Why rather than giving us a souped up Old Hooky couldn’t they have done something totally unhooky like is my main criticism. Fine. A6 A4 T6 P4 Ov11 3.1
500ml bottle from AP Harvey Wines, Coventry. Pours clear bronze with a thinning cream foam. Aroma aniseed-peppered stone fruit, muscovado, strong dark Baltic lager, fig, blackened bananas, the fruitbowl after you’ve come back from a fortnight in Crete. Heady, bitter and something of a struggle at first with a Bateman’s turned-up-to-11 character; aniseed, bread, dough. Builds with malt loaf and mottled banana notes as it warms. The bitterness is back-of-the-tongue and ill-suited to the mouldering, sherried, overripe plum character on show. Departs breadily but an offputting bitterness clings. Not convinced. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Moon On The Square Northampton 29/05/12. A chestnut to ruby coloured beer with off-white bubbles for a head. A sweet caramelly nutty cakey beer. A good depth of flavours. Boozy. Almost Christmassy. Really nice. I liked this a lot. Score 3.7imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
Subsequent rating scored 3.6 Score unaltered
Cask conditioned at Banbury Beer Fest ’12. Brown with White head. Described as Old Hooky with go faster stripes in the programme, I can see where they are coming from. There is a full flavour, malty with a sweetish toffee caramel note, disguises the alcohol pretty well. There is a late leafy hop flavour, quite earthy. Decent.