Double Stout | Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Double StoutDouble Stout

Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 106
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

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Photo of Crosling
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light brown colored beer that appears dark brown in the glass. The light tan colored head lasts around for quite a while and eventually fades into a ring. Really light aromas. It's a stretch to get much out of the nose at all, but it does have some coffee and roast. Flavor is missing a lot of depth and complexity. A touch of roast, but overall, it has very muted flavors and aromas.

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Photo of beabear
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Like most stouts, this pours a jet black hue with a quickly subsiding white head.

Smell: A nice subtle coffee scent, though certainly not as strong-smelling as others in the style.

Taste: The first immediate sense is a mild dryness, which quickly turns sweet. It certainly lingers on your palate for awhile, but it's way too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, all things considered. Certainly not as thick as most stouts.

Drinkability: It's just way too sweet.

The mix between two different types of malts is an interesting experiment, and you can definitely taste the point where it changes from one type to another. Still, it doesn't completely work as a beer, and no matter how interesting it is, you still have to be able to drink it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
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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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.

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

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

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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.

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Photo of DaveUK
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - black with a hint of red around the edges. Large bubbles with a frothy large light brown head that faded away to lacing very quickly. A "coke like" appearance.

Aroma - Dry roasted malts, coffee and some faintly detectable floral hops.

Taste - Strong, dry roasted malts dominate the mouth with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - A medium to heavy texture and a good feel to the carbonation. Not overly smooth despite the description on the label.

Drinkability - Its fairly low ABV and powerful dry roasted taste make this more drinkable than I initially thought after the first sip. However, there are better choices to drink all evening.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Photo of killcore
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque black with slight hint of brown when held up to light. Contrasting light brown head retains well.

Nose is very milk-stout like, some suggestions of chalkboard and candy nougat are there.

Palate is lighter bodied than expected, with a fairly tame roasted component in there. Hops balance things out, but on the whole the flavors are uninspiring.

Finish is thin and somewhat watery.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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 RedSpecial1
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very dark, with a thick off white head. Smells of roasted malt, with hints of piney wood. The flavor is mostly of roasted malt with a mild acidity on the end with just a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is rather thin, but not too harsh either. This beer is sippable, but that's more due to it's lower ABV rather than to an outstanding flavor.

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Photo of yeoldeale
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark with a nice tan head that sticks around a good while.

S: Faint toasted malts in the nose.... really faint. A hint of bread but really not getting a whole lot of aroma from this beer.

T: Burnt malts. A hint of coffee.

M: A bit thinner than expected but good.

D: Overall, this is a good standard stout. I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be. Maybe because it's a "double" and I was expecting more complexity. Still, I'd have another.

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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.

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Photo of spree92
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll review this as a Stout, not double, 'cause that is what it really is.

Almost straight black with a deep red due on the edges. Very difficult to pour without having a massive head. Left odd lacing marks behind. Roasted malts are evident with licorice and chocolate notes, finished off by coffee.
I'm glad I tried this beer, but I don't think it will be bought again soon.

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Photo of katan
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle - no date.

A - Pours a moderately opaque black color. A bit more transparent than I would have expected for the style. Head formation is almost non-existent, but rather just a light head formation. Not seeing much hazing.

S - A potent chocolate and roasted barley flavor. Almost smoky in a way. Very sweet smelling.

T - Starts off with a bit of sweetness combined with a growing yeast sour. Mid-stream develops bitterness. Finishes with a very edge dark chocolate flavor - the non-sweet kind. Lots of roasted barley aftertaste.

M - Moderate in body - not as thick as other stouts. Feels a bit thin as you wash it around. Leaves a light film on the tongue.

D - Easy to drink - moderate abv and not overpowering flavors. Not filling.

A good offering - not sure why its called "double stout" though?

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of movingtrain
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 revolt914
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to pick this up at Jungle Jims and when I brought it home and went to open it the cap nearly flew off the bottle due to carbonation... not sure if that's usual, but damn! I really enjoyed the taste of this beer more than anything but I really couldn't get a good grasp on the smell due to the fizzies jumping up and tickling my nose and the mouthfeel was that of drinking over carbonated drink. I wouldn't say not to try this beer but it definitely wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of risenz
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dalri
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smokey! Very smoky, almost burned malt flavor with coffee and burnt wood flavors. Very dark with a grayish tan head that doesn't last as long as it should. Not as dense as one would expect, but very stong. Hangover guaranteed. Bottle tasted only, smuggled to the US, still very nice carbonation.

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Double Stout from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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