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The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Exceptional1
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter Excellent1
RedWillow - HeadlessExcellent1
Short Stack - Keller PilsExcellent1
Anspach & Hobday - The Three EEEPAExcellent1
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 Excellent1
Wylam - A Warning to the CuriousExcellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Folly Road 2018Excellent1
Wander Beyond - LorisExcellent1
Big Smoke - Dark Wave PorterExcellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Stupid Sexy Suffolk (Blend 2)Excellent1
Short Stack - Table Beer (Vic Secret, Ella)Excellent1
Beartown - Créme BearleeExcellent1
Buxton - Axe 'X'Excellent1
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleExcellent1
Heavy Industry - Iron Fist Velvet GloveExcellent1
Marble - Little WolfExcellent1
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutExcellent1
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)Excellent1
Track - Made in the ShadeGood1
Park - White StoutGood1
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale Good1
Buxton - Big ClawGood1
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Sha ManGood1
Box Social - Hybrid TheoryAcceptable1
Hobsons - Champion MildNot 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) - Dinner AleNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Cromarty - Brewed AwakeningNot Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has LandedNot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Truman's - ZephyrNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Truman's - FirestarterNot Tried0
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter RevivalNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Five O'Clock ShadowNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Milk ShakeNot Tried0
Marble - Manchester BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Imperial Stout Fighting AleNot Tried0
Joseph Holt (see also Holt's) - MildNot Tried0
Marble - BitterNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding AleNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESBNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

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 - 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
12 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Short Stack - Table Beer (Vic Secret, Ella)3.30ExcellentFrom a keg. The second beer from the latest brewing operation in the cellar here (I missed the first one). It is seriously murky. Pale gold and hop-filled.
Track - Made in the Shade5.60GoodA smooth, chocolatey Porter.
Box Social - Hybrid Theory3.50AcceptableHazy gold. Odd flavours that I could not identify. Not sure that I liked it very much.
Weird Beard - Five O'Clock Shadow6.90Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milk Shake5.60Not Tried
03 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
BeerABVScoreNotes
RedWillow - Headless3.90ExcellentYou cannot fault the hop flavours in this.
Wylam - A Warning to the Curious7.40ExcellentA heavy, serious Stout with liquorice and orange and chocolate.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Imperial Stout Fighting Ale11.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
02 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's very quiet in here tonight. I guess most pubs are on this date.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)5.10ExcellentA cask version of this beer badged at 4.5%. Thick, creamy and sweet.
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Truman's - Firestarter4.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter Revival3.90Not Tried
27 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A brief stop.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heavy Industry - Iron Fist Velvet Glove5.70ExcellentA Stout with chocolate and sour cherry.
Truman's - Lazarus4.20Not Tried
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout4.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
05 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Pub very busy with survivors from the nearby Pig’s Ear Beer Festival.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wander Beyond - Loris7.20ExcellentFrom a keg of some kind. Strong, crisp, fruity and tart.
Park - White Stout4.20GoodA golden-coloured Stout. Disturbing.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Brewed Awakening4.70Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has Landed4.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
12 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
An interesting evening here with four Cloudwater Brewery beers in cask – part of that brewery’s ‘cask relaunch’. The pub is packed for this, including many brewing industry faces, and apparently 250 pints of the Cloudwater beers are sold tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60ExceptionalSuperb, chocolaty Brown Ale. Ticks every box.
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30ExcellentA black Porter with a fruity/winey character. Suffers a little from being alongside the superb Brown Ale, but still excellent.
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 5.50ExcellentThis completely nails the soft, fuzzy, fruity NEIPA style.
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale 4.00GoodA comparatively routine Pale when considered alongside the other riches available tonight.
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not 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

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About The Cock Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional13
Excellent168
Good80
Acceptable25
Poor-

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 102 times, seen 369 different beers and tried 236 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ