Both amazed and delighted to find a Hook Norton product at Green’s on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. $4.95 for the 500 mL bottle.
One of the best English brewers in days gone by, I’m about to catch up with one of their newer products. Tall and slim bottle, heavy brown glass with an elaborate tree motif embossed toward the bottom of the botlle. Very nice presentation.
Pours very much like a Brown Ale. Disappointing lack of head, retention and lace UNLESS the pour is aggressive. When the pour is more aggressive you get a much happier, creamy head. Nice clarity; very little carbonation.
A little chocolate in the nose which is not repeated in the taste. Simple, sweet malty nuttiness in the initial tastes. A tiny bitterness in the finish.
Very tasty, I could easy session a few of these, despite the higher ABV than you would usually think of. Tasty beer, a nice product.