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

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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
Towey1989 (3437) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2017
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of caramel, blackcurrant, some chocolate, coffee, slight nuts, treacle, a little bready malts, a hint of star anise and subtle liquorice. Taste of blackcurrant, caramel, some bready malts, sticky toffee, chocolate, slight nuts and subtle spicy liquorice. Medium bodied and a sticky texture. A lingering, fruity and bready sweetness in the finish. Really flavourful, wouldn't say christmassy but wintery. Sticky fruits and rich malts, a little too sweet but I like it overall.

3.4
Mr_Pink_152 (5768) - 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.

3.5
The_Osprey (9698) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2016
Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Hook Norton Twelve Days’, 5.5%. Almost brown with a reddy orange hue, translucent, foamy diminishing tan head. Aroma is brandy and dark chocolate up front, more airy and indistinct later on. Body is smooth, quite light, low carbonation. Served quite cold for cask - really felt this one all the way down. Taste is raisin, carpet, mixed spice, brandy, noticeable booze. Quite dry and well attenuated. Not sugary sweet like many in the style. Quite good, but I’d be happy with just one half.

3.9
BeerViking (5132) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Cask at the Moon under Water, Hounslow. Near black with a lasting beige head. Lightly plummy nose with hints of cocoa and roast coffee. Rich and creamy textured, dry-sweet and roasty-fruity. Finishes burnt-sweet and dry roasty bitter. Delicious.

4.2
Don2711 (496) - - DEC 17, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2016 Excellent malty and almond aroma. Nutty caramel flavours with sweetness hint. Good strength and nice bite on palate. Brown ruby colour. Best Christmas drink so far this year. Year later and even better.

3.3
Rune (13743) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2015
Cask, half pint at Crosse Keys (JDW) in London, shared with Finn. Clear, deep dark brown body. Beige head, some of it remaining. Dark malty aroma with hints of almond. Malty flavours as well, including nuts, caramel and anise. Roasted bitter ending. Medium bodied. Fits the season (30.11.2015).

3.4
evergreen0199 (3570) - 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
niquillis (2752) - 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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