Double Stout - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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142 Ratings

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2003

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Calling your beer a "Double Stout" is quite deceiving to the US market--where double means big (alcohol) and bold (flavors). We're not sure why they call it this ... let's just find out.

Rich, dark brown in color. Nearly opaque with some ruby hues and topped with a creamy tan head that's got some legs. Toasty aroma, hint of brown bread with mineral and metal beneath. Smooth on the palate, with a nice, rounded but surprisingly light-bodied consistency. Touch of acrid notes in the front that taste like weak coffee, followed by a soft residual sweetness and distinct toasty malt character. Faint notes of bitter chocolate, dollop of caramel as things warm and more toasty notes. Touch of grass, floral pith, rough leaf around the edges, but no real bitterness. Mostly acrid, but nothing overwhelming. Brown breads and crusts toward the finish, which goes bone dry. Grainy linger.

A solid brew with a lot of flavor (meets the bold criteria, at least in part), but why this is a "Double Stout" remains a mystery.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hook Norton is brewerery that I am really looking forward to getting alot of their wares the Hooky Bitter was good but this was a little flat in my opinion.Poured into a imperial nonic a dark cola color with a large blooming tan colored head,toasty aromas with a light bitter chocolate tone.Thin and almost fizzy mouthfeel the sharpness really never totally went away,flavors are mainly dark toast with a slight burnt flavor along with some passing bitter chocolate.A very average stout with a below average mouthfeel.

Photo of dwren89
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pitch black, small, cream colored head

Aroma: chocolate, char, dryness,

Taste: dry chocolate flavor, with some charcoal, fairly weak taste overall;

Mouthfeel: smooth, not cloying, drinkable, medium body,
Overall Impression: Not impressed, weak flavors, almost not residual taste. Not a great product

Photo of rastaman
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fruity nose, rasins, figs, with some mollasses, light chocolate, licorice and roasty scents. The palate is first fruity (raisins,figs) and then leads into a chocolately, softly roasty, bitter finish, some tangy hops in the finish aswell, also found the beer to be a bit jammy. Nice long roasted finish, nice, light and very drinkable.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in a nonic)

A- This dense black body has a faint brown glow at the base of the glass and a sea of microbubbles trailing up the sides to support a cinnamon beige head. The head last as a thick lumpy mat on top.

S- The aroma of wet slate is followed by black roasted grain hint and some dry toffee and graham characters. There is a yeasty note and a char hint in the finish.

T- The dry black roasted grain and malt has a crisp earthy hint that takes on a smoky quality as the beer opens up. There is a berry ester note and a band-aid hint to the flavor aswellas a dry tartness. The char black grain note in the finish does not linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry texture and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has dark roasted grain characters that or dry and crisp but mellow with no bitterness but all the flavors and aromas are a bit thin. Some nice depth to the beer.

Photo of anders36
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Charlie's Bar, copenhagen.
Pours a black colour with a small tan head. Has a roasted fruity aroma, with some hints of chocolate. Malty roasted fruity flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Ends with a long roasted aftertaste. A good beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Pours out a very dark brown color but where the light does pass though is slightly red. Nice thick creamy off-white head that sticks around very well.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with lots of good chocolate malt and fruit character. I'm thinking of chocolate covered cherries with a cup of coffee.

Flavor is really nicely done with great balance between the roasted malts, bitterness, and sweetness. Nothing really overpowers anything else which is really how it should be. Coffee and chocolate with more of those cherries in there too.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation to get by. Serving it just slightly cooled is a must. This beer has a silkiness and body that is unheard of for something so low in alcohol. I've had beers twice as strong that didn't match this one for mouthfeel.

When I saw "double stout" on the label, I expected over 8% so I was surprised that it was less than 5%. However, the biggest surprise is how excellent this beer really is. Easily one of the best English beers I've ever had. I must check out their other offerings!

Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark hues of black and brown, I was able to evoke a reddish brown at closer inspection in a well lit room. Soft brown soapy colored top with a splatter pattern of lacing. I also find the bottle kind of classy...

S: dry, dark malts, with a light buttery cocoa whiff

T: a well to do darker malt profile that boasts a nice roasted flavor. With this at the base, this beer is very pleasing, very level-headed. Has a clam and sensible sweetness of sticky toffee with tasty coffee beans all sprinkled with dutch cocoa. I think the cocoa flavors have a slight lactose sugar type of feel. This stout is rewarding with just a hint of creamy tart at the finish, this tartness might lead way to some fruits...of the dark variety

M: this is the best part yet. Very creamy and a smoothness of "well-done" caliber. Great body and great feel! It has a certain lightness to for a stout, but once it hits your tongue it feels heavy with a bit of girth. Goes down real easy

D: I snagged a gem in this...I bought it on a whim. This guy is a recommended brew and fancied my tastebuds

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant basic stout. Pours black with dissipitating white head. A mild aroma. Creamy mouthfeel though certainly not thick, satisfying. Sessionable alcohol appreciated, and adds to drinkability based on pleasant chocolate malts. Not too sweet, balanced. Good effort for not trying to be a coffee or imperial stout.

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The aroma is dark and slightly roasted malts with a good amount of chocolate and a touch of coffee. The taste is very smooth and creamy with a dark roastiness to start off and some slightly bitter coffee flavors coming along in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, Hook Norton Double Stout is a solid English style stout that is subtle but well crafted.

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with a medium sized tan/white head that stuck around via a nice creamy retention and left good lacing. The aroma is pleasant. Sweetness, roasted malts, even a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is a nice blend of malts. Caramel, dark roasted, smoked chocolate. Finishes with a combo of burnt notes and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel as a medium feel is suprisingly sturdy for a sub 5% beer.

Wow, this was a pleasant surprise from Hook Norton with a good amount of flavor and body packed into a hugely sessionable low ABV package. This pint was literally gone in no time.

Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, a pretty thick head with a fair amount of lacing. Rich roasted flavors with slight chocolate and coffee. A little sticky in the mouth, but not in a bad way. Solid medium body. Very smooth and finishes pretty clean. Obviously with the abv, this is quite sessionable. A good English stout.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a small off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt/charred malt and a bit of hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's velvety and coating, and has a dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, it wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these especially with the 4.8% ABV. It's smooth and easy to drink, it's quite sessionable. I think this is a good example of an English Stout, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. Recommended.

Photo of Jredner
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black, but settles a ruddy black with a thumb thick tan head that is craggy and pitted atop.

Fruity aroma with a creamy sweet stout smell to it. Some mild nuttiness and sweet esters and light toasty notes.

Toasty fore with a grape-tinged fruitiness that reminds me of Samuel Smith’s brews-ALL of Samuel Smith’s brews. Thin for a stout...closer to a porter and color wise would be a porter in America or Denmark. Very soft feel...low carbonation. Estery, but not off-putting it just likes any sort of bitterness. It’s toasty, but falls well short of roasted flavor wise. It’s like they toasted the most sugary sweet malts they could find. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish could save this one, but it is not there.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep back color stout with large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry black bitter chocolate with some light coffee. Taste is an easy going mix between some light black bitter chocolate, some roasted malt and some very subtle coffee. Body is lacking some creamy texture with great carbonation. Not bad overall but lacking in character.

Photo of Squaretooth
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours thin and dark with little head and sparse lacing. Leaves a nice oily film while drinking.
S - slight smell of dark fruit
M - roasty tang
T - light roast coffe flavor. Not very complex, slightly bitter.
D - Definitely a sipper. Not a session beer.

Nothing spectacular about this offering. Average.

Photo of cookin420
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pubglass.

Dark brown with a touch of deep red to it. the head is nice looking, dense foam that is khaki in color and dwindles quickly. The lace it leaves is thin and sparse.

Smell is caramel. Very sweet in smell. A tiny bit of coffee and dark chocolate add a bitterness to the smell. A minimal amount of diacetyl I pick up as well.

Very mild in flavor. Diacetyl still present to a point but it adds to this stout and I don't believe it's occurrence was accidental. Much like it's aroma, this brew is sweet but balanced well with bitterness from the roast and selection of malts. Can't place the hop flavors. Earthy but clean and very tastefully done, I like it.

Very slick mouthfeel for this stout. Well done. Not a huge F.G. but far from dry.

This is going down at record speed for me. For stouts anyway.

Over all a great beer. I'm impressed with it's balance and subtleties; just what a good English stout should be.

Photo of EPortJake
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark but not opaque pouring with a frothy beige head which subsides fairly quickly to a thin clinging layer of small bubbles
S - roast coffee with a hint of sweetness
T - slightly sweet malt followed by strong roast coffee and hints of chocolate with a dry bitter finish
M - medium/full bodied and moderately carbonated
O - a very well balanced and respectable stout. There are better stouts of this style out there but on the other hand there are a lot worse. Would go back for another.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The normal 500ml dark brown bottle that most have reviewed. Mine was poured into a Westmalle Chalice and the last bit into a Palm tulip glass.

True black in colour, the foaming tan head fell away very quickly to just a weak collar and a wispy scum.

The aroma was dark chocolate and roasted ground coffee beans, very pleasant.

The taste mirrors the smell, not as dry as some English Stouts but it isn't a sweet stout either, just about right for my tastebuds in the Stout stakes.

A good feel to it, rich and with some body. Not rich, as the label claims, but better than a lot.

Hook Norton really let you down, this stout is no different, a good example of an English Stout.

Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pint glass, served at 63f.

Bituminous black with a faint sliver of dying ember red at the bottom. 2 fingers of toffee colored head that leaves miasma looking lacing.

Aroma of unsweetened cocoa and anise.

Mouthfeel: Black velvet.

Tastes like it smells; dark chocolate and licorice with a faint herbal bitterness on the tale.

Notes: another SENSATIONAL beer from Hook Norton. This is velvety smooth, delicious and aromatic. Delicious, chocolately without being sweet. At 4.8% abv this makes for one hell of a session beer. I have loved every Hook Norton beer I have had, this and Sam Smith's are my favorite two British brewers.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a local homebrewer friend for this 1 pint 9 oz bottle.

This pours a black body with ruby highlights with a huge billowy tan head that leaves chunks of lacing. This is one of the best looking stouts I have had in a while.

Aromas are of coffee, roasted malts, charred toast.
The flavors are the same with some acidity as well.
A lighter mouthfeel than I would think with a "double stout" but it still stands up well nonetheless. No creaminess or sweetness as many American stouts can be, but this one is dry and light.
For what this is, I think it is great. A true English session ale.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark cola black with a deep ruby hue on the edges. Large foamy and bubbly light sandy tan. Good retention and a thick foamy lacing remains.

S - Some tart blackberry and some raisin present. Roasted malt is also strong smelling with hints of dark chocolate in the background. A touch earthy with a good amount of fruitiness.

T - Starts slightly sweet with some dark (not really roasted) chocolate and malt with some caramel flavor. Also fairly present is a tart dark berry and dark fruit taste. These give way to more earthy flavors along with some dark coffee and tobacco flavors. A bit of charcoal flavor also comes out. This provides a bit of the stout/roasted bitterness, although it isn't too heavy on roasted flavors (for the style). A little thin on taste but not bad (especially considering the ABV).

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy but a little watery.

D - Easy to drink. The flavors are well balanced and definitely won't kill your palate. Nice flavors, may be a little thin, but given the ABV it's decent. Since the ABV is on the lower end, it would make a nice sessionable stout.

Notes: A fairly earthy and fruity/tart stout that is a little light but also sessionable. Not as much roasted flavors as some other stouts. Pretty good session stout that is nice but not really worth searching out for or spending a lot of money on it, but if you can get it for a reasonable price, go for it.

Photo of nickynick
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hook Norton Double Stout poured a very dark brown, appearing black, with a massive foamy tan head. It looked like a root beer float. Good lacing on the glass as well. Smell was brown sugar and roasted coffee. Taste was full of dark chocolate, and hints of roasted malt. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit sticky but not bad. Drinkability was good. Overall this was a nice stout. Hard to come by the English Stout style, this one was nice.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint into Duvel tulip...

1 1/2 finger dark rye head that's rather bready with a fair retention quotient. Lacing is a little loose. Body is espresso dark - looks quite dry.

Oooh...a little sweeter than expected. Alcohol isn't strong but adds to dark roasted malt...a little grass and some woody pine are in there. A bit on the clammy side.

Lots of slate in there. Still, there's nice sweet caramel and chocolate malt in abundance. Alcohol provides flavoring more than anything. Hops are in the background...on deep background. Very well-balanced. Not overpowering but quite enjoyable. Dry character emerges further with warmth.

Mouthfeel is lightly drier than taste would indicate. A little salt and more pine on the hops than in taste as well. Husky chocolate malt provides a hearty, strong finish.

This was quite an enjoyable offering to reflect with quietly after a long week. Sessionable but brings some heft. Well done and extra-drinkable for style.

Photo of AlXalone
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark non-opaque beer that exhibits the beautiful thick retentive head and creamy lacing of a good stout.

S: Roasty, slightly smoky aroma accompanied by some creamy stoutness :).

T: The Double Stout has a dry, slightly chalky taste with hints of chocolate, perhaps some vanilla, cocoa and coffee beans. This stout has a full roasty taste with medium high hoppy bitterness to finnish the trip. Specifically like the combination of sweet aromas with dry chalky-cocoa aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium thick and the acidity is lowish. The aftertaste is very reminiscent of a dry baltic porter.

D: A nice drink, but not really a session beer. Very disticnt taste, I'd couple it with pork or a stew.

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Double Stout from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.