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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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of chel29
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 beergoot
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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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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 Dope
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of NatalBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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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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 July2Nov
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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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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.

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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 Wattsox
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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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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 riversider76
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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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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 albern
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours inky black with a very prodigious foamy head and billowing lace. The retention is excellent and takes awhile to settle. The nose is sweetish grainy malts with a very metallic aroma. The nose is a bit odd.

The taste is very good and this is a fine stout. I appreciate the 4.8% ABV with big flavors and a fairly full palate. Some of the American brewers should take note that you don't need to have ridiculous ABV to make a fine beer, and often the ABV can detract as much as impart. That being said, the beer has nice drying dark roasted malts, some sweeter notes do form underneath, but the beer has a nice semi-bitter chocolate flavor throughout. This beer dries up considerably in the finish and the semi-bitter becomes full out dry in the end. There is a touch of metallic in this beer which gets in the way and detracts. Overall, this is a really nice, light to medium bodied stout that has lots of fine qualities.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in the glass, but the stream from the bottle is caramel colored. Nice foamy tan head, good retention, some foam clinging to the glass.

Dark roasted malt and some creamy aromas.

Subtle dark roasted malt. Coffee and charred notes in the aftertaste, and a little creaminess as the palate clears and turns to light bitterness and a very very slight alcohol kiss. This is a standard stout. Nothing exceptional but very solid.

Thinner than I'd like. I want more body. Decent carbonation.

Very easy to drink. Good solid stout, but a bit boring. I'd never refuse this. It is good, but easy to move on to something else.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: A proper good-looking stout. A half-finger of creamy light tan head atop a dark red-brown body, clear around the edges. When held up to direct light, I can see my fingers on the other side. Lacing on the sides. Scrumptious.

S: Coffee grounds, toasted barley.

T: Thinner than expected. Bitter, dry, roasted malts dominate. There is hoppy flourish on the end of the taste, preceding a prolonged, coffee-filled aftertaste. A very bitter, highly dry stout. Good, but not quite to my liking.

M: Light-bodied and drying.

D: A well-built stout; recommended. Nonetheless, something about it doesn't quite square with me -- perhaps it's too much like chewing coffee beans. I probably won't buy another.

Notes: Some Ecuadoran dark chocolate adds rich, bittersweet notes that drastically improve my appreciation of the beer.

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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 gueuzeonhigh
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours producing a nice presentation-- color and head.
The color is a dark brown-red color with a long lasting and energetic head that coated the walls of the glass.

The mild nose presents with wafts of caramel, hops and a hint of toasted malt.

The flavor leaves me in a quandary-- Hook Norton calls this beer a "double stout". Maybe this moniker means something in terms of English ales-- to me as an American, "double stout" signifies "more of everything"-- flavor, alcohol, mouthfeel and more. Alas this is not the case with this beer. It's ABV is 4.8% in some ways that's a plus.
The flavor is mild mannered in fact in terms of a stout the flavor is rather meek. There are obvious hints of bitter hops, malt, caramel, toasted malt and a little coffee in there.

The mouthfeel is thin and slight. In no way would I call this a double stout.

The finish is a nice cordial long run- but ends with a watery feel as if this beer's presentation falls apart at the end.

Drinkability is superior in my opinion simply because the 4.8% ABV and the flavor itself is not so powerful that it becomes tiring.

This beer is worth sampling if you get a chance. But there are so many wonderful brews out there, I doubt I'll dwell on this one.

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Double Stout from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 151 ratings