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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours dark brown with a thin disappearing tan head. Nice sweet malt and chocolate aroma with creamy hints. Roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate notes. Quite full and a nice taste. Not the fullest stout, but still very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (14229) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2005
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark red to black beer with slight head. Toasted flavours throughout, some chicory, coffee and chocolate malt. Tongue drying though balanced with a fruity grape note. Very slightly sour at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linkping, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. The colour is black with a tint of wine red. The thin lid of foam is beige.

The smell is fresh with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and some sweet burned malt.

The carbonation is string and a bit tickly.

The taste is burned, bitter and a bit sour. I found notes of black coffee and some cream; the body was surprisingly weak for a stout. The aftertaste is rather short with dry burned notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2005
Very dark brown with red flashes. Aroma is coffee and sweet roasted malts. Same for the taste plus some chocolate and a sweet roasted finish. Medium bodied, drinkable and nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5694) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Jan, 2005 Bottled. Well. Having this just after Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout is quite a revelation. I mean this is not one of the best stouts Ive ever had, but boy it tastes world class compared to that Sam Smiths nonsense. Good fresh fruit and coffee and chocolate. Even though filtered, this has no boiled off flavours, and everything tastes pleasantly fresh and in order. Mmmmm. Im enjoying this. [3.3]
Nov, 2006 Bottled. Very drinkable and pleasant. Less dry and bitter than the Guinness style, less coffee accented than some modern stouts, less sweet than stronger examples. It defines itself by why it is not, largely because it doesnt set out to define its own place in the stout world. A quiet stout - by that I dont mean bland or flavourless, but lacking in distinctive character. Drinkable and tasty - and that by itself is good enough for me on most days. Nice one. [3.0]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle. Black color with a big baige head. Sweet coffee, chocolat, light roasted aroma and chocolat light roasted taste. Medium body and a sweet roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pouler (10) - rhus V, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle. Almost black, with a small fast disappearing head. Strong coffee aroma. Some chocolate too. Nice sweet taste -again coffee and hints of chocolate. Long bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel. A really pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Black with a flash of ruby, washy cream halo of head. Real bite to it, rough burnt toast edge, slight oliy palate. Sweet finish lingers with a creamy coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skrping, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle. Black with small head. Nice lace. Malty, roasted bread, liqourice, salty, pleasent bitterness. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
Very dark brown coloured. Malt aroma. Sweet and malty flavour. Smooth and soft mouthfeel.

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