Double Stout
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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From:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Stout - English
Ranked #27
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,342
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Ratings:
158
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 04, 2022
Added:
Sep 18, 2003
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  9
SCORE
87
Very Good
Double StoutDouble Stout
Notes: A blend of malts gives Double Stout a character all of its own. Black malt enriches the colour and teases the palate with an unmistakable ‘toast’ flavour. Brown malt gives it the dryness.
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3.93 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Mar 04, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by James94 from England

L: Dark, with lighter hints towards the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.
S: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, fudge, wheat, dark fruits
T: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, raisins, treacle
F: Slightly overcarbonted, medium-to-well bodied

O: 4.5

Jan 18, 2022
 
4.59 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 07, 2021
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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml bottle conditioned, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%. Black colour, moderate beige head. Pleasant mildly roasty aroma, notes of mild coffee, dark chocolate and woodwork, a hint of liquorice. The medium dry flavour has the same elements as the aroma. I don’t know what makes this a "double" stout, but it is nice enough to drink anyway.

Apr 19, 2021
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3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by flyingpig from Scotland

500ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.29):
Very deep & opaque chestnut to mahogany with with half cm, thin tan head that's wavy & thick, covering the surface well with a few bubbles through it. Roasted malts & chocolate come through initially with some faint smoked notes & a little sugar without anything dominating then light coffee & an earthy bitterness see things out. The roasted malts are stronger with the taste, I got some coffee & an earthy bitterness, dark chocolate around the middle then light smoked flavours to finish. It's smooth with a medium body & decent balance, it was a fairly standard stout that could've been a little fuller. 

Dec 03, 2020
 
3.5 by Stengelfoot from California on Mar 26, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- It's after dark this evening and I've just a reading light on, held up right near the bulb it's pitch black except for at the junction of the side/bottom where I can see glimpses of deep chestnut/red. Pours with 5-10MM dark beige head that holds well.
S- Chocolate and coffee.
T- Roasty-toasty, chocolate, smoke galore. It doesn't seem to have that thin [watery] yet bitter edge common in the mega-brewery stouts, which is the reason I usually simply avoid stout. This is entirely different, so much better it's very surprsing, I hadn't realised stout could be like this.
M- slightly to the rich-side of the dry>

Nov 05, 2018
 
4.08 by TheCrowsEye from California on May 03, 2018
 
3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Aug 12, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Reviewed on the "1001" list, it should be there.
This was an enjoyable and pleasant stout that many American brewers should try to emulate. In my book a stout can be both extreme and good if the brewer is talented. But to improve our chances of finding balance, stouts should be like Hook Norton's.

Jul 16, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by drmeto from Germany

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with very faint ruby tinges and a big,foamy,beige head
S:
-spicy,grassy,coffee,zest,plums,dark chocolate
T:
-nutty,coffee,spicy,grassy,plums,licorice,brown sugar,raisins,black bread
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
Very full-bodied for a 5% Stout
O:
I don't think a regular Stout can be much better than this

Jul 03, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

500ml bottle.
L: Black with a sliver of ruby edging. Massive, four fingers of khaki foam leaves sheets of lacing.
S: Sweet coffee, chocolate & wood smoke. Not overdone.
T: Charred malts, coffee, spicy bitterness. Very subtle sweetness.
F: Medium/light body with a soft texture and solid carbonation. Dry finish.
O: An enjoyable, highly drinkable, low ABV, charred, smokey, dry stout.

Dec 24, 2015
 
3.55 by risenz from England on Oct 02, 2015
 
4.43 by 123321123321 from Alabama on Sep 01, 2015
 
4.45 by pchalkius from Germany on Aug 20, 2015
 
3.61 by stephenlee from England on Jul 20, 2015
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3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by captaincoffee from Virginia

Pours very dark with a thick tan head and much lacing. Nose is...mostly missing. Just a little coffee and roasted grains, but not much. Taste is...did they really label this double stout? Flavor is okay, but just lacking all round. Medium mouthfeel. Not something I'll get again.

Jun 26, 2015
 
3.64 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on May 23, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by vinicole from England

Cask conditioned. The Reindeer Inn Banbury.
Very dark brown. Thick and dense cream head. Looks delicious.
Aroma of toasted bread with chocolate spread.
Robust sweet coffee dregs with a light bitter finish.
Rather thin but smooth due to the manner dispensed.
Just how an everyday stout should be.

Bottled version has more body.

May 18, 2015
 
3.94 by steverx8 from England on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.71 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Apr 09, 2015
 
3.77 by maxist from Russian Federation on Feb 24, 2015
 
3.99 by Cydrman from England on Feb 23, 2015
 
3.75 by afsdan from Colorado on Feb 11, 2015
 
4.75 by vanderSchorpioen from Russian Federation on Dec 11, 2014
 
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 19, 2014
 
4.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Nov 08, 2014
 
3.25 by killcore from Russian Federation on Sep 25, 2014
 
5 by beerMeporfa from California on Aug 28, 2014
 
4.25 by wrightst from Maryland on Aug 10, 2014
 
3.75 by WillWillows from Ohio on Apr 27, 2014
 
4.25 by Chemister from Russian Federation on Apr 16, 2014
 
4.5 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Feb 22, 2014
 
3 by Kirk from England on Dec 28, 2013
 
3.75 by BillRoth from Maryland on Dec 07, 2013
 
3.75 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 28, 2013
 
4.25 by Ciocanelu from Romania on Nov 17, 2013
 
4.1 by dcmchew from Romania on Nov 01, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ONUMello from Ohio

500ml bottle poured into a rocks glass (sadly the only glass available in my hotel room so take that with a grain of salt)
A: Very dark brown with a 1/2-finger head
S:Roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder
T: Dark malt, watered down iced coffee. I can definitely tell it's a stout but it's missing a full-bodied character most stouts have
M: Smooth but a bit thin for the style
O: This has all the right components but tastes a bit watered down. Definitely sessionable and by no means bad, though

Oct 30, 2013
 
3.75 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Oct 08, 2013
Double Stout from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 158 ratings