Double Stout | Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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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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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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a small, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of toffee, sweet chocolate and some coffee notes.

T - This was very malty with a smooth caramel and molasses mix. There were some coffee-like flavors and a bitter/grassy hop bite.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a dry finish. An easy drinking, medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good stout. The low ABV makes it very easy to have a few and it is quite delicious, too.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights and a rocky tan head that dribbles lace all around the pint glass

Smell: Milk chocolate, some roasty elements and hints of tobacco and dark fruit

Taste: Opens with a somewhat sweet milk chocolate flavor, with hints of roast and tobacco developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile dries out and gets a bit bready (brown bread, of course), with the chocolate remaining in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A lot of flavor packed into this low ABV beer; very nice

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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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light shines through, not nearly as dark as any other stout I've ever had. Decent lace from the huge beige head which settles to a single layer of tight bubbles.

Lots of chocolate and mocha aromas. Not very bitter--no notable hop nor is there any dark coffee smells. Although the ABV is low, it still seems like there is alcohol warmth in the nose.

Dark chocolate with a touch of heavily creamed coffee is the flavor. Again, the alcohol is more present than the ABV suggests. Very strong carbonation cuts through any body that might be here. The swallow and aftertaste is thin but it lasts--the finish is almost chewy which is very curious.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin, dark brown head with low retention. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was medium with chocolate and coffee flavors competing for attention. Nose was very cocoa-like. Finish was extremely chocolaty, like birthday cake. Hey, my birthday is coming up on 25 February! Anybody want to buy me a BT? No takers?!? Quelle domage.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with some reddish tinting around the edges and capped by a well-formed, beige head.

Smell: A little chocolate, roast, grains, and dark caramel make up the aroma.

Taste: Flavors of dark caramel and chocolate preceed roasted malt and a slight graininess. Subtle sweetness tempered by a mild, roasty bitterness. Sourish bittersweet chocolate on the finish with a lingering taste of charred breadcrusts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Basically, a light, though flavorful English stout made for easy drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bittersweet chocolate brown that becomes darkest russet when backlit. There's no shame in a 4.8% stout failing to reach opacity. The mocha colored crown looks good on the pour, melts in attractive fashion and leaves quite a bit of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose nails the style as well. There's no shortage of power, which is great to see... er... smell. Roasted malt leads the parade and there's a bit of fruitiness as well. This is shaping up to be pretty good beer.

Double Stout is definitely good beer and goes right to the head of the Hook Norton class (along with Twelve Days and Hooky Gold). Only the English would use the word 'Double' in a beer with an ABV less than 5.0%. That said, there's a mouthfilling amount of flavor in this little ale, so maybe the name isn't so crazy after all.

Relative simplicity and a lack of richness aren't necessarily negatives. This English stout was undoubtedly constructed to be both flavorful and sessionable, a category that isn't exactly bursting at the seams. Mission accomplished on both counts. Specifics include milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a bit of dark caramel and the same fruitiness appreciated in the nose.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is right on point. There aren't too many low-ABV ales that can muster this much (still light) creaminess. An ideal amount of soft carbonation helps.

Hook Norton Double Stout is too expensive to be a regular purchase, but I'm having a fine time with this bottle. And what a great looking bottle (and label) it is. Since there aren't too many classic, well-brewed English stouts available in America, I won't be a bit surprised if it sells pretty well.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus creamy tan head, with tons of nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with caramel/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is very nice creamy, malty, with some caramel/toffee/coffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, thanks Bill.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting, creamy head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, coffee, and perhaps some a sugary element.

T: This beer had a typical (in a good way) English stout flavor: Malt, coffee, molasses. Not overly complex, but definitely in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation, with a dry finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a well rounded character.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage.

My 3rd brew from this brewery...

It pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues shining through. Good close to 2 finger head of foam with some nice lacing. Very good head retention.

It smells very roasty but also has some chocolate and a touch of fruit. Oh, and some caramel. Nice nose.

The taste is also roasty. Roasted malt with some grain, caramel, some chocolate, and some notes of bread, but not much. Heck, the other flavours are doing just fine. ;^)

It has a nice medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is lightish. It finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness that doesn't go overboard. Nice. And so damn's under 5%abv! Now, this is a sessionable Stout indeed! Too bad, yet again, that I only picked up one bottle but I hope to pick up more on my next visit. If they still have some. /me with my fingers crossed.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has dry, earthy, patent and roasted malt aroma. The taste is great. It has a tremendous black, chocolate, and roasted malt flavor that goes down with some sweetness, but finishes dry with an aggressive earthiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. These guys have the English beer styles down to a science. This is so flavorful, yet low in alcohol and highly drinkable. Hooray to the session beer!

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

How refreshing, a double stout that is only 4.8% abv. A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, crown of pale brown colored, tan froth. The beer is quite near black in color, but does show a brilliantly clear, deep ruby color when held up to the light. Aromas of dusty cocoa, lightly burnt toast, a touch of roast coffee beans and some bread crust like aromatics are easily pulled out from the nose of this beer. The aroma is clearly roast dominated, but there is a touch of prune like fruitiness that comes through if you really dig for it.

Lightly sweet up front, with a substantially malt mouthfeel. Not sweet with simple sugars, instead the dark malt character provides a rich, complex malt sweetness to this brew that is quite welcome. It drinks a little bit bigger than I would expect for a beer of this strength, but is actually not too surprising given this beers chosen name. Roast flavors are found up front in a supporting role, but as the beer moves across the tongue they become more prominent until they become the dominant note in the finish. The finish has some bitterness as well as a touch of acidity that is contributed by the roast grain notes. The finish leaves lingering flavors of dark chocolate, malt sweetened coffee, and some dry espresso notes.

Well I really was not expecting much from either of the beers from this brewery, I have been pleasantly surprised though. I really like how rich and chewy this beer is for its alcohol level. The aroma is perhaps a bit uncomplicated, but the flavor and texture more than make up for this.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Double Stout from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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