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


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Cask conditioned handpump Crosse Keys London. A mahogany coloured beer with a little off-white coloured head. A boozy sweetish aroma with caramel notes, as well as some nuts and raisins. The taste is similar. Nice wintery fruits and some coal. A good length and a very tasty beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unchanged

DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
[email protected] Felix, Nuneaton, 06/12/13. Sulphured nose easing into conifer, sprout and aniseed blandness. Syrup body with generic Bateman’s brown bitter aniseed and cooked dark sugar. An especially drain-like nose. Heady and drab.

Finn (8149) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2015
Fra cask på Crosse Keys Bank 30 Nov 15. Delt med Rune. Ultramørkebrun/svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. Litt lacing. Lett søt kraftig maltaroma med litt krydder. Avslutter tørt.

SaintMatty (7522) - 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.

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.

berkshirejohn (6652) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2010
Cask at the Nags Head, Reading. Deep mahogany in colour with a beige head; treacle aroma; complex flavour with lots of sweet malt and hints of tar, licorice and roasted nuts; the finish is dry and smoky with a sustained but gentle hoppy bitterness. Excellent.

mr_h (5921) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Cask by hand-pump at Society Room, Glasgow (5.5% abv on the badge) - clear very dark brown, good creamy beige head, berry fruits aroma, excellent film of lacing, smooth creamy, berry fruits flavour, nicely balanced

SilkTork (5853) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016
Jan, 2004. London and Rye (JDW), Catford..This is one of those beers I’ve been wanting to try for some time, and I was so pleased to see it on the pump. I had a few anxious moments as the barman was pumping it up - it was frothing all over the place as though it were the bottom of the cask. He stopped pumping and put the foaming glass on the counter only half full. I was fully expecting the words, "It’s finished." But he just sighed, got another glass and tried again. More foam. More pumping. More foam. More pumping. Until at last he put a soaking wet glass on the counter in front of me - full to the brim. I smiled in relief! And what a nice beer it is. Good dark malty flavours - not top quality - a bit salty, and the flavours are little limited in range - but nice enough. The body is reasonable, but the beer does comes over more like a dark lager than a dark ale (not helped in this case by being served a bit too cold). And the salty taste becomes irritating after a while. I took the sticky glass in my hand and patiently warmed it up. The flavour marginally improved, but didn’t lift into top quality. A decent ale, never-the-less. [3.2]
Dec, 2005. New Cross (JDW), Welling. First impression - lots of sweet malt, lots of alcohol, sweet. Then the hops sneak through the crusty sugar, adding a dark edge, but that intense sweetness keeps asserting itself. There’s good stuff in here - the sugar dipped raisins and chocolate dipped plums, but the whole is so dominated by the sweet, sweet, drippingly sweet, oozingly sweet, walking knee deep in sugar sweet malt, and then by the boom, boom, boom, look at my oily biceps alcohol, that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I hoped I would. [3.0]
Dec, 2016 Full House (JDW), Hemel. Dark, malty beer full of body and flavour. A good, wholesome Christmas beer. [3.1]

Mr_Pink_152 (5541) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2016
Tried at the Felix Holt, Nuneaton. Ruby to amber colour with a light beige head. Aroma nutty, malt and light toffee. Creamy smooth body with a light sweet taste.

Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
At the Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Cask on tap, 221209. Brown with small head. Aroma of nuts and roasted barley. Flavor is caramel, fruit notes and toast

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