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The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cloudwater - Bellini SlushieExceptional1
Short Stack - Mojito Pale AleExcellent1
Buxton - Axe 'X'Excellent1
Cloudwater - Bourbon BA Kentucky CommonExcellent1
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleExcellent1
Anspach & Hobday - The Three EEEPAExcellent1
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutExcellent1
Elusive - AkumaExcellent1
Big Smoke - Dark Wave PorterExcellent1
Beatnikz Republic - I SMaSH MosaicExcellent1
Short Stack - Keller PilsExcellent1
Cloudwater - Yellow Self Optimisation in the Digital AgeExcellent1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Créme BearleeExcellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Folly Road 2018Excellent1
Cloudwater - Green Self Optimisation in the Digital AgeExcellent1
Marble - Little WolfExcellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Stupid Sexy Suffolk (Blend 2)Excellent1
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Sha ManGood1
Buxton - Big ClawGood1
Deya - Put the Kettle OnGood1
Beatnikz Republic - I Heart NZGood1
Beatnikz Republic - I SMaSH SimcoeGood1
Marble - Manchester BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner AleNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Joseph Holt (see also Holt's) - MildNot Tried0
Marble - BitterNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding AleNot Tried0
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter RevivalNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESBNot Tried0
Hobsons - Old PricklyNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope Not Tried0
Cromarty - PribrochNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding AleNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - FortitudeNot Tried0
Almasty - Dark Fruit PaleNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot Tried0
Hobsons - Champion MildNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

19 Jul 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A brief call.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Deya - Put the Kettle On5.00GoodA brewery that rarely dabbles with cask beer. This is typical soft fruity murk.
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Fortitude4.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Almasty - Dark Fruit Pale4.50Not Tried
20 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's another Cloudwater Brewery night here, to coincide with the pub's monthly cheese night. In contrast to a couple of weeks ago, Cloudwater have this time sent only keykeg beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - Bellini Slushie8.00ExceptionalAn extraordinary beer (at an extraordinary price). Strong, dry from champagne yeast, and oozing with peaches.
Cloudwater - Bourbon BA Kentucky Common8.20ExcellentAn incredibly complex beer. Pale and murky, woody and dry.
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope 4.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding Ale4.80Not Tried
10 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in the late afternoon. Five subtly different cask Bitters from Cloudwater Brewery are available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - Yellow Self Optimisation in the Digital Age5.00ExcellentHigh quality Best Bitter with the mellowness of Fuggles hops.
Cloudwater - Green Self Optimisation in the Digital Age5.00ExcellentBest Bitter brewed with Endeavour hops. The slightly sharper taste makes this one my preference of the two I tried.
03 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A relaxed late-afternoon pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Elusive - Akuma5.20ExcellentStrong, hoppy Brown Ale.
Hobsons - Old Prickly4.20Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)5.10Not Tried
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope 4.00Not Tried
Cromarty - Pribroch7.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
20 May 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Monday evening but nevertheless quite a crowd in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Short Stack - Mojito Pale Ale6.30ExcellentFrom key-keg. Brewed downstairs and gorgeous, although in a blind tasting I might not have identified this as beer. Lime and mint.
Beatnikz Republic - I SMaSH Simcoe5.00GoodA hazy-gold, single-hop beer.
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding Ale3.00Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
13 May 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Monday afternoon and not crowded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beatnikz Republic - I SMaSH Mosaic5.00ExcellentGreat single-hop showcase.
Beatnikz Republic - I Heart NZ4.40GoodHoney gold. A soft and murky hop burst.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter Revival3.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
30 Apr 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Anspach & Hobday - The Three EEEPA6.20ExcellentA golden IPA.
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Sha Man4.50GoodA passionfruit-flavoured IPA.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding Ale3.00Not Tried
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter Revival3.90Not Tried
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESB5.50Not TriedUnfortunately, this ran out.
18 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Big Smoke - Dark Wave Porter5.00ExcellentRobust, black, rich and chocolatey.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Créme Bearlee4.80ExcellentBlack, sweet, creamy, vanilla.
Marble - Little Wolf6.30ExcellentA Coffee IPA. A weird idea, but it works.
Joseph Holt (see also Holt's) - Mild3.20Not Tried
Marble - Bitter3.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
14 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's the monthly cheese night tonight and the featured breweries have both supplied only keg beers. So for once I give the handpumps a rest.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Folly Road 20185.80ExcellentWild yeast beer from keg. Zero carbonation. A lot of red wine barrel character.
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Stupid Sexy Suffolk (Blend 2)6.50ExcellentFrom keg. A Flemish Red style beer- blended from 8 wild-ferementation barrels. Would not look at all out-of-place in Flanders.
Buxton - Axe 'X'6.80ExcellentSouped-up version of Axe Edge, from keg.
Buxton - Big Claw8.00GoodDIPA from keg. This one a bit fizzy.
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20Not Tried
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
11 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and not too crowded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80ExcellentVery nice. Light, crisp and hoppy.
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00ExcellentSweet, chocolatey Milk Stout.
Short Stack - Keller Pils5.20ExcellentFrom keg. If only all English Lager tasted as good as this.
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

The pub sign. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional15
Excellent181
Good88
Acceptable27
Poor1

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1EJ.

There was a pub called the Cock in Hackney village as early as the 1650s, and in 1661 it was the venue for ‘Popish Conspirators’, plotting an unsuccessful assassination attempt on King Charles II. Nobody is quite sure if this was the predecessor of today’s pub – but the present pub was certainly around by the 1830s and was rebuilt in its present form by Truman’s Brewery in around 1930. Very much a down-market, high street, strictly ‘no real ale’ sort of place, it closed in early 2012 for refurbishment, and re-opened on 18 July 2012 as a real ale champion, complete with in-house ‘Howling Hops’ micro-brewery (subsequently relocated to larger premises). This pub is sister pub to the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town.

We have visited this pub 118 times, seen 408 different beers and tried 261 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ