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The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cloudwater - Bellini SlushieExceptional1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - YükiExceptional1
Anspach & Hobday - The Three EEEPAExcellent1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Créme BearleeExcellent1
Big Smoke - Dark Wave PorterExcellent1
Buxton - Axe 'X'Excellent1
Cloudwater - Bourbon BA Kentucky CommonExcellent1
Cloudwater - Green Self Optimisation in the Digital AgeExcellent1
Cloudwater - Yellow Self Optimisation in the Digital AgeExcellent1
Elusive - AkumaExcellent1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - ThreefoldExcellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Folly Road 2018Excellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Stupid Sexy Suffolk (Blend 2)Excellent1
Marble - Little WolfExcellent1
Almasty - New Zealand IPAGood1
Almasty - Oat PaleGood1
Buxton - Big ClawGood1
Deya - Put the Kettle OnGood1
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Sha ManGood1
Wylam - GalatiaGood1
Almasty - Vanilla & Coconut IPAPoor1
Almasty - Dark Fruit PaleNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESBNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach MelbearNot Tried0
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter RevivalNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - FortitudeNot Tried0
Cromarty - PribrochNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Hobsons - Old PricklyNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - BitterNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - MildNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner AleNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding AleNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding AleNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeNot Tried0
Joseph Holt (see also Holt's) - MildNot Tried0
Marble - BitterNot Tried0
Marble - Manchester BitterNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope Not Tried0
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

10 Sep 2019 (Stephen Harris)
An afternoon visit when quiet here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wylam - Galatia3.90GoodA golden, hoppy beer with a malty finish.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach Melbear4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
15 Aug 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Some leftover Howling Hops Brewery kegs from the recent London Craft Beer Festival are being drained here tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Yüki9.20ExceptionalFrom key-keg. A very serious, barrel-aged Imperial Stout.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Threefold10.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Brewed on the small kit here at the Cock Tavern. A massive dose of Citra and Simcoe hops in a proper headbanger of a beer.
Almasty - New Zealand IPA6.00GoodTasty.
Almasty - Vanilla & Coconut IPA6.00PoorI did not like this at all. On reflection, there may have been an issue with the cask.
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Bitter4.00Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Deya - Put the Kettle On5.00Not Tried
30 Jul 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon lull.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Almasty - Oat Pale4.20GoodHop soup.
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Mild3.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding Ale4.80Not Tried
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
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

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About The Cock Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional15
Excellent173
Good84
Acceptable25
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 109 times, seen 388 different beers and tried 247 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ