Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Stout
Hook Norton, England


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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAR 26, 2007
(Bottle BB 28/02/08) Coffee, burned malty and slightly caramel aroma. Dark brown red colour and average size, brownish, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Burned malty, coffee, moderately bitter flavour with a hint of licorice. Medium-bodied, dry, ashy and lively carbonated palate. Good brew considering the low ABV! 01/03/07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (8548) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Dark, dark brown. Clear. Has a beige head, lasting. Malty, yeasty aroma. Real nice. Flavor is full of burnt notes, bitter finish, but with some sweetness underneath, pleasent. Coffee, toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2007
Black colored, medium sized beige heads. Looks like a stout to me. Strong roastiness and coffee in sweet aroma, salty-licorice and milky tones there also. Medium bodied. Flavor is more roasted and dry with also coffee and some caramel, fruits in aftertaste with with some licorice, smoke and dryness. Multidimensional beer, good stout for long time with ABV under 5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10693) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with a bubbly head. Coffe, roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. The flavour has plenty of chocolate and roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruits, bit hoppy. Very tasty stout indeed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Courtesy of Papsoe, thank you, Henrik. <P> Pours dark brown/black, but settles a ruddy black with a thumb thick tan head that is craggy and pitted atop. <P> Fruity aroma with a creamy sweet stout smell to it. Some mild nuttiness and sweet esters and light toasty notes. <P> Toasty fore with a grape-tinged fruitiness that reminds me of Samuel Smiths brews-ALL of Samuel Smiths brews. Thin for a stout...closer to a porter and color wise would be a porter in America or Denmark. Very soft feel...low carbonation. Estery, but not off-putting it just likes any sort of bitterness. Its toasty, but falls well short of roasted flavor wise. Its like they toasted the most sugary sweet malts they could find. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish could save this one, but it is not there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2006
Impressive mild stout. Its really nice to be reminded, that stouts dont *have* to be huge, vulgar things with added chocolate, coffee and so on and so forth (though I really like those as well). Almost black beer with a reddish brown tint when held up to the ligth - almost a 5 on the appearance but the head is just slightly too small even if it did last forever and left a nice bit of lacing. Lovely aroma of plums, freshly ground coffee beans and and a dash of bitter chocolate. Smooooth. roasted malts dominate the taste - cappucino and candy roasted nuts with tiny specks of hops thrown in for good measure. More characteristic than big on flavour very pleasant.Only drawback is a less than pronounced aftertaste. Ta very much. (Please note: Bottle stored for a year)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1186) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2006
A crackin stout, really smooth and has loads of roast malt on the nose (coffee there too) and palate. Its typically dark with an off white head which isnt that thick but lasts well and leaves a good lace. The long finish has a slight bitterness but thats well balanced by the richness of the malt. I loved this! Asda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
From bottle. Sweet liquor, chocolate coffee aroma. Fantastic deep black appearance. Frothy stainded head. Great smooth charred coffee taste. Great texture like silk. However a slight bitter after taste. Great stout but would have liked it to have a better finish through to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2006
Aroma comes off as grassy hops but as it warms goes into chocolate and toasty flavours. Taste is more chocolate but the hops are still present, better balanced than more stouts iv had this year and possibly the best rating of a stout so far because of that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Brown highlighted black with a dense cap of tan. Deep char aroma, sort of along the lines of flaming marshmellow. A little overbearing at first, but it softens and there is a creaminess there too. Chewy, slighty tart coffee flavor. Sort of a thin palate. Its cool that this is a revival of an old recipe, and I love to see Hooky tapping into their rich history for inspiration. But good stories aside, the stout is not a standout.

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