Hook Norton Double Stout (Pasteurised Bottle & Keg)

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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Hook Norton, England

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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottled. Pasteurised.
A smooth, full-bodied stout with a refreshing hoppy aftertaste. Brewed with proportions of Black Malt for colour and ’toast’ flavour and Brown Malt for dryness. Based on a recipe over 100 years old, brewing was revived in 1996 after a break of 79 years.

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3.8
Bill Becker (1912) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jul 2008

Purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage.

My 3rd brew from this brewery...

It pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues shining through. Good close to 2 finger head of foam with some nice lacing. Very good head retention.

It smells very roasty but also has some chocolate and a touch of fruit. Oh, and some caramel. Nice nose.

The taste is also roasty. Roasted malt with some grain, caramel, some chocolate, and some notes of bread, but not much. Heck, the other flavours are doing just fine. ;^)

It has a nice medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is lightish. It finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness that doesn't go overboard. Nice. And so damn drinkable..hell....it's under 5%abv! Now, this is a sessionable Stout indeed! Too bad, yet again, that I only picked up one bottle but I hope to pick up more on my next visit. If they still have some. /me with my fingers crossed.

3.3
Erzengel (9618) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2017
Old rating. 500ml bottle. Dry earthy beginning. Fresh roasted coffee and dry chocolate. Intense rich with a nice bitter roasted body. Nice.

3.2
CraftBeerNick (2881) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2017
Bottle at friends, 5th August 17. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is burnt malts, chocolate. Taste is roasty, dark chocolate, cocoa, dry. It’s OK, probably nice on cask.

3.4
bartlebier (4161) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2017
500ml bbFEB18, Waitrose Hull. - "Bottle conditioned", depicted bottle... Short: distinctly roasty dry stout navigating with perfect poise between bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and hard toffee and hazelnut. Nothing spectacular, but makes immediate sense, making for easy drinking. Not as full-bodied as advertised, with some fizz, - so less of a dessert than a very decent meal accompaniment with original character and a clean grassy hop bitterness to complement the roast.

3.4
samjdix (66) - - FEB 26, 2017
A nice stout but bit too fizzy to be too highly rated. Dark chocolate and coffee notes as expected, quite a long finish. Good but not that good.

3.4
jjsint (3523) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle from Waitrose, consumed at home with considerable gusto. Very dark brown, opaque, with a bit of visible carbonation. Some khaki head but it goes quickly. Light aroma of roast coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Taste is malty yet nicely bitter. Long dry finish; lingering cooking chocolate in the aftertaste. Body’s a bit thin, and I don’t think such carbonation in the mouthfeel is necessary. It’s still a drinkable and more than competent stout.

3.4
alex_leit (5200) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color, good creamy. Aroma: slightly sour smell, caramel, roasted malt. Taste: caramel, burnt barley, dry.

3.8
Villyzzz (458) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Pours black with medium sized beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and cocoa. Taste has cocoa, roastiness and caramel.

4.2
Grzesiek79 (4452) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Dobry Stout, bardzo ciemny, ciemno brazowa barwa bardzo niewielkie refleksy czerwieni. Bezowa piana sredniej wielkosci szybko natomiast opada. W zapachu gotowana czekolada, troche mokki i espresso. W smaku palony slod, czekolada, nieco kawy i znowu ta czekolada. Nieco palonosci i wytrawnosci w dalszej fazie smakowania. Na zakonczenie pozostawia posmak trufli posypanych starta deserowa czekolada.

3.8
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 21, 2016
20-Oct-16 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 02-May-08 for $4.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA)
This English Stout pours a medium-dark brown body and half an inch of tan head that settles to a bubbly ring. It’s been aging unintentionally for several years, so the nose shows earthiness, molasses, some toffee, a little cocoa. On the palate, beautifully toasty malt flavors show additional flavors of chocolate, molasses, smoky meat, and dark bread. The beer is medium-plus in weight, medium in carbonation, and super smooth to drink. Overall, this is a really enjoyable beer that features a malt flavor that you don’t come across much any more. What a treat for an old-timer like me.


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