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

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unknown

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available

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RATINGS: 63   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19647) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 <i>2008-11-24, Gravity at The Wharf, Aalborg, 6-3-7-4-14=</i>
Black color. Good body, rich flavor, with medium-dark caramel, chocolate, light residual sweetness, light liquorice, correct bitterness. Very good.

<i>2005-12-03, Cask Conditioned at Charlies Pub, Copenhagen, 6-3-7-3-14=33</i>
Dark color. Some malt aroma. Oily and malt taste, strong, very good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4394) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17653) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Cask at the Alexandra Arms, Rugby, 16/12/13. Chestnut brown with a good sized light beige covering. Nose is dark fruit, candied orange peel, sugars, fruit loaf, toffee, light spice. Taste comprises cake mix, toffee, raisens, candied oranges, fruit peel. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, sweet finale with a little spice. Decent Xmas beer, actually has some depth to the flavours, not just artifical spice and few spoons more sugar!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3101) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Cask at William Jolle (Spoons), Northwood Hills. A dark brown/ruby coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Malty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes the same, malty, caramel, dark fruit, slightly nutty (like me). One of the better UK festive brews available.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (35103) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
[Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen] A deep chestnut colored beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is quite sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, with only a slight note of bitterness in the end.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (41423) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
From cask at Charlies. Pours dark brown and with a mild redish glare with a small tan head. Mild fruity and hoppy aroma. Light roasted malt flavoured with a light spice note and a mild fruity accent. Dark caramel and slight breadish flavoured into a mild bitter finish. Mild liqourice note.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 27 December 2013. Poured a clear, dark ruby colour with a dense, off-white head and excellent head. Sweet aroma of caramel, Christmas pudding and almonds. Initial flavours dark fruit, chestnuts and apple pie. Toasted malt on the palate with some cinnamon and some stewed fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6291) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2015
Fra cask p Crosse Keys Bank 30 Nov 15. Delt med Rune. Ultramrkebrun/svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. Litt lacing. Lett st kraftig maltaroma med litt krydder. Avslutter trt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Cask at Arnold Machin (JDW), Newcastle under Lyme. Pours mud brown with a light tan head. A little thin but some choc, bitter roast, bit more choc, dark fruit. Enjoyable.


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