overall
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style
Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: English Strong Ale
Hook Norton, England

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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."

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (7082) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2007
Cask at Giddy Bridge, Southampton- Dark in colour with a fruity aroma with just a hint of sourness. Coffee and chocolate feature in the taste. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17574) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Ive had this in bottle so wanted to try it on cask. Looks in cracking condition. Very deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Flavour of rich malt liquorice. It really is rather good. Aroma has some sour dark fruits. Good in mouth. Slightly sweet to balance the sour fruit. Nice hop kick on the finish. Warming English winter beer. Good stuff

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
A Sim rate (cask at the White Horse): Honey, malt and sweet maple syrup. No head, but brown/amber appearance. Nice tart syrup loveliness in the flavour. Sweet but malt but bitter. Brandy and maraschino cherries. Very nice. Flavour prevails in the finish with sweet syrup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2007
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Surely the best Hooky beer. Dark brown with a beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Dark, sweet, rich, fruity taste, vinous and wonderful. Bitter finish. Totally delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (24433) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
Cask @ Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a ruby colour with an off-white head. Malty fruity vinous aroma. Fruity malty dry bitter vinous flavor. Dry malty finish with a long bitter fruity finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Cask at Charlies. Clear orange red coloured with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, caramel and hops. Flavvour of fruits, caramel, butterscotsch and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
Cask handpump at The Wellington, Birmingham. Very dark brown in appearance, with a short head. A relatively strong hop/citrus scent. Flat and slightly thin, but not too bad. Reasonable bitterness and just a hint of sweetness, with a dry finish. Full of hops, slightly roasted nuts and plums and cherries. Not too rich and doesnt taste as strong as it is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9914) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
Cask at Merton Winter Beer Festival 2005 (retrospectively added from diary notes) A dark strong beer, slight aroma of caramel very smooth and warming. Very good winter ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4408) - 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.


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