Double Stout
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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English Stout
Ranked #11
Ranked #13,742
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
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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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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>

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Jul 16, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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drmeto from Germany, Jul 03, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle.

L: Black with a sliver of ruby edging. Massive, four fingers of khaki foam leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate & wood smoke. Not overdone.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, spicy bitterness. Very subtle sweetness.

F: Medium body with a soft texture and solid carbonation. Very dry finish.

O: An enjoyable, highly drinkable, low ABV, smokey and very dry stout. Hoppy & bitter rather than a rich and smooth but I’m ok with that.

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Spike from United Kingdom (England), Dec 24, 2015
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3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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vinicole from United Kingdom (England), May 18, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Jetulio
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... all black beer with head colour white/beige of 2 fingers long lasting
Aroma... toasted malt and coffe beans. Fresh malty smell
Taste... toasted coffee, cocoa and smoked oat, dryness appears lately lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice stout, good as seasonal and with food too. To revisit.

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Jetulio from Spain, Sep 20, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
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

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dwren89 from Virginia, Jun 12, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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EPortJake from United Kingdom (England), Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and brooding near pitch black body with big tanned clouds for a head.

Deep roast aromas expresso mainly but fleeting dark fruit notes played on the nose.

Lots of coffee in the taste bits of liquorice malt presence combined with prunes and finishing in yeasty bitterness.

funny mouthfeel for both a stout and a strange carbonation (highly lively) for BC.

A queer brew indeed but enjoyable.

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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), May 04, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was fooled by the label calling it double. Low ABV and nothing too bold in the taste either.

Dark, almost black. Completely opaque with a one finger creamy, light tan head that has descent retention, but thin lacing.

Faint chocolate aroma with a hint of licorice, some coffee notes and some herbal and grassy hints. Sweet caramel notes throughout. Nothing complex, but nice.

Coffee, burnt dark bread, pumperknickle and ashy, acrid notes. Cocoa and coffee with earthy elements and some grassy hints.

A little thin for a stout in my opinion, medium bodied and smooth

Overall, a little too ashy and thin for my taste of stouts.

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JayS2629 from Alabama, Feb 19, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark ebony colored body with thick, creamy head. Rings of lacing cling to the pint glass.

Burnt and toasted grains, chocolate, and coffee notes in the smell. There's also a distinct sweet maltiness to the nose.

Slightly burnt toast, vanilla and dark chocolate in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and rich.

Yes, this is a great, all-around stout. Rich and robust without clobbering you with excessive alcohol in the ABV. Very good...

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beergoot from Colorado, Jan 22, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit brown around the edges, but with more liquid in the glass, the beer appears near-black. Decent tan head on top, about two fingers with an aggressive pour, falling to less than one finger.

The aroma is quite sweet, bringing to mind notes of cherry, light roasted coffee, chocolate, some smoke, warm bread, and dry oats.

The taste as a bitterness up front, almost a piney note. This bitterness is followed by a rich, dark chocolate smokiness that permeates the palate and lingers a long time. There are notes of brewed coffee, toasted oats, and dried dates.

In terms of mouthfeel, this one is a bit light...actually, quite refreshing for a stout. It doesn't hold the richness or creaminess that one may expect from its appearance, but does sit well on the tongue.

Overall, this is a decent beer. For an English stout, this one is pretty darn good. It is balanced, dry, and drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rocky stiff solid beige head over black body with oxblood edges. Sweet coffee nose with ashy roast, cocoa powder and a bit of black currant jam on the nose.
Brown sugar, earth and carob up front with clean hop bitterness to end.
Espresso oil and brown sugar syrup end and dry linger. Medium, round, smooth.

Like many English stouts, this is about smoothness and balanced. Hops aroma is absent and bitterness is pretty restrained. Drinkability over intensity of flavor, but can't knock if that's what they set out to do.

Still, I don't know if this tastes like a 100-year-old recipe (like the label says) and there are better stouts in England and better beers from Hook Norton.

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StJamesGate from New York, Dec 17, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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fx20736 from New York, Nov 13, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on October 3rd, 2011 in Durban South Africa. 550ml bottle poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with a medium bodied tan to off-white head. Strong traces of carbonation and light lacing. Opaque

s - Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Mild and pleasant.

t - Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Slight notes of caramel.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth finish.

o - Very drinkable and pleasant stout. I'm not sure what makes it a "double" stout as its not particularly heavy or robust. Definitely worth a try and might be a good starting point for those who are trying to get into darker beers.

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NatalBrewingCo from South Africa, Oct 04, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double stout is a bit of a stretch, but on BA it's listed as an English stout. I'd go for that.

Dark, black plum-like pour. Hints of ruby. The head is thick, somewhat creamy and off white. Looks really nice. Good lacing

Aroma is sharp at first with raisin, roasted malt, toast. Some anise and leather come and go. Chocolate, baked caramel. Yum

Yup, tastes pretty good, too. All of those characteristics in the nose come through in the flavor almost all at once. It's a quick burst of plum, prune, anise, leather, caramel, chocolate--dark, and toffee. They don't linger and it finishes fairly dry. I would say it's bold, the abv is too low for that, but just right for drinking any time.
This is a good stout. Nice representation of the style, methinks.

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Mebuzzard from Colorado, Sep 17, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Huge three-finger beige, foamy head. Dark brown in color without any light getting through. Impressive.

Smell: Has a chalky bittersweet chocolate scent with a roasted quality.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light-medium in it's body. Thin upfront with the chocolate flavor coming out. Has some carbonation to it, which spikes up the mouthfeel and takes away from the brew. The carbonation and sting of it is all i can feel in the aftertaste.

Overall: Good English stout. The carbonation was just too much for me and I couldn't get past it. I'll try this one again to give it a fair shake.

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July2Nov from Virginia, Aug 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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rhoadsrage from Illinois, Jul 26, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured out as a nice black color with a good looking thick head on top of it. The lacing was minimal if there was any at all. The smell of the beer has coffee, roasted malts and hints of chocolate on the nose. The taste of the beer follows right along with the smell. The aftertaste is dry and has a burnt toast bitterness. The mouthfeel of this brew is quite smooth and not overly heavy. Overall it's an enjoyable stout from England, I would like to have it again one day.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Jul 02, 2011
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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011.

A - Dark brown body with ruby red highlights (slightly lighter than expected for a stout) and a big tightly-bubbled mocha head that hangs around forever.

S - Coffee and chocolate aromas take the lead, with big roasted malt aromas.

T - Similar to the aromas, strong roasted malt and coffee notes, backed up with a little dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes bittersweet and lingers.

M - Smooth, medium body, long lingering finish.

O - Very nice stout to sit and enjoy, either on its own or as a session.

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Wattsox from United Kingdom (Northern Ireland), Jun 15, 2011
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2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into generic goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger tan-white head of poor cream, thickness, and retention. Black colour. Appealing.

Sm: Coffee, caramel. Typical for the style.

T: Light coffee, roasted barley, dark malts, caramel, hints of toffee. Three acts with complexity but little subtlety, with a nicely done finish. Built decently but not boldly for the style. Built in a standard fashion. Fairly balanced.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet for a stout.

Dr: Average, but very highly priced by Irish standards. Worth it for a stout lover like me, but far below Guinness.


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kojevergas from Colorado, May 20, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some amber hues. Fluffy tan head that slowly disappeared and created a nice laceing. Aroma is of creamy malts and chocolate coffee. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is of dark bitter sweet chocolate.Slightly bittered coffee like finish. I liked it!

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riversider76 from New York, May 04, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly very dark brown with some amber notes, and actually quite clear, with a big foamy head that lasted quite a bit, and pretty good chunky lacing.

Smells of caramel malts, toffee, coffee, smidge of chocolate.

Tastes of many, toffee like, coffee like, and tons of caramel like malts. There's a bit of a milk chocolate flavor that lingers along with a faint hint of baked break spreading across a woodland meadow.

It's a smooth and medium bodied beer, although light for any stout, with quite a bit more carbonation that I'd expect, and a very dry finish, despite the sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Overall it's interesting, but either this beer isn't super outstanding within the style, or this is a particular style I'm not that fond of. I'm not sure as I believe this is my first English stout review. Still, this is a nice brew that I've enjoyed.

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Double Stout from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 153 ratings