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The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Imperial Stout Fighting AleExceptional1
Burnt Mill - Denali FogExceptional1
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Exceptional1
Burnt Mill - LayersExceptional1
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter Excellent1
Ridgeside - Black NightExcellent1
Boxcar - PAL-021 DDH Pale Enigma Excellent1
Deya - What Time Do You Call This? Excellent1
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 Excellent1
Ridgeside - Plato JesterExcellent1
Kirkstall - Break Even Vanity Project Excellent1
Ridgeside - Plato CalypsoExcellent1
Cromarty - Brewed AwakeningExcellent1
Deya - Into the HazeExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeExcellent1
Black Iris - Chasing the SunExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Black Iris - Bury Me In SmokeGood1
Five Points - XPAGood1
Cloudwater - Helles Tetnanger Good1
Track - MojaveGood1
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Big HiyuGood1
Marble - Piwaka Waka Good1
Cloudwater - Small Chinook El Dorado Pale Good1
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale Good1
Cromarty - Red RockerAcceptable1
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter RevivalAcceptable1
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury DarkNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXNot Tried0
Hobsons - Champion MildNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - HepcatNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 3 (West Coast Special) Not Tried0
Harviestoun - Sorachi PilsNot Tried0
Cromarty - Atlantic DriftNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Black PerleNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Cromarty - WhiteoutNot Tried0
Moor - Comrade GamesNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner AleNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Hobsons - Best BitterNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose Not Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Moor - So'HopNot Tried0
Burning Sky - AuroraNot Tried0
Cromarty - Ghost Town Not Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

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 5.30ExceptionalSuperb, 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
08 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
After-work visit for a quick one stood at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cromarty - Brewed Awakening4.70ExcellentIt is one of life’s little mysteries that I hate coffee as a drink, actively dislike coffee-flavoured chocolates, but really enjoy a good, dry Coffee Stout like this one.
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Cromarty - Whiteout3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
25 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet enough to find a table here. I commented that the pub smelt of joss sticks. Blank looks all around; apparently they are called incense sticks now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Big Hiyu5.70GoodA soft, murky gold thingy, but this one is bitter and has a strong alcohol kick.
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60Not Tried
Cromarty - Ghost Town 5.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
19 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Having moved on from the Pembury Tavern, we found this pub also to be unusually crowded tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentI’m continuing to find this beer very much to my taste.
Boxcar - PAL-021 DDH Pale Enigma 5.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Boxcar are building a very strong reputation locally, and this is a great hop showcase.
Five Points - XPA4.00GoodPale and sharply-hopped.
Moor - So'Hop4.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
04 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in here in the evening, with lots of familiar faces. One of our group fails to spend £250 on a Glastonbury ticket via his mobile ‘phone, whilst the rest of us reminisce about the time when tickets were just £16 and if you didn’t have one you just climbed over the fence.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Imperial Stout Fighting Ale11.50ExceptionalA special version of this beer that has been matured in Laphroaig casks. It is superb. The best beer I have drunk in a long time.
Deya - Into the Haze6.20ExcellentFrom key-keg and very nice indeed.
Track - Mojave4.30GoodFrom key-keg. A cloudy, pale beer. Sharp and dry, with a bit of a rye burn.
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00AcceptableI’ve enjoyed this beer in the past, but today it just tastes sweet with little balancing hop flavour.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
27 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I retreat to here from the crowded Pembury Tavern with a group of friends. It’s busy here too, but we soon manage to collar a table. Lots of key-keg beers from Burnt Mill Brewery remain from an event on Tuesday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Burnt Mill - Denali Fog7.40ExceptionalFrom key-keg. The talk of the pub tonight, with everybody recommending it. A stunning, strong, almost clear, hoppy IPA.
Burnt Mill - Layers8.00ExceptionalFrom key-keg. Another absolute beauty from Burnt Mill. A fearsome Imperial Stout.
Kirkstall - Break Even Vanity Project 4.80ExcellentA New England IPA brewed collaboratively with Verdant Brewery (indeed, this is said to be Verdant’s first venture into cask). Typical of Verdant’s output, it is a soft, fruity, hoppy, murky concoction and very delicious. Close to five stars.
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose 4.50Not TriedAn unexpected find in cask.
03 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening to see if anything is left of yesterday’s Cloudwater Brewery tap takeover. I’m here ahead of the crowds.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Deya - What Time Do You Call This? 4.50ExcellentApparently DEYA only brew a cask beer once a year, just to keep their eye in. This rare brew is a cloudy, soft, hoppy, fruity beer.
Cloudwater - Small Chinook El Dorado Pale 2.80GoodNot much Cloudwater beer goes into cask, so this is a bonus. It’s in the cloudy/murky/hoppy style. Good body for its strength.
Cloudwater - Helles Tetnanger 4.80GoodFrom keg. Clear gold and bubbly. Authentic German-style Lager. Clean, malty and refreshing.
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench 5.10Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter Revival3.90Not 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
20 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I’ve got some catching up to do on Pubs & Beer – starting at the Cock.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80ExcellentGolden. Exceptionally tropical fruity.
Cromarty - Atlantic Drift3.50Not Tried
Weird Beard - Black Perle3.80Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Whiteout3.80Not Tried
Moor - Comrade Games6.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
09 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Saturday evening. There was a Tap Takeover a few days ago by Ridgeside Brewery and I am pleased to find three of their beers still available in cask.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ridgeside - Black Night5.00ExcellentA black Oatmeal Stout. Quite sweet – is this just from the oats or is there lactose too?
Ridgeside - Plato Jester3.80ExcellentSingle hop, session series. Black pepper and pine resin on a caramel/toffee base.
Ridgeside - Plato Calypso3.80ExcellentA pale, single-hop beer.
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Hepcat4.60Not TriedFinal showing for Gipsy Hill in cask?
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 3 (West Coast Special) 6.90Not Tried
Harviestoun - Sorachi Pils4.40Not Tried
10 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
It’s Hop Swap night here and the tap takeover this month is by Black Iris Brewery of Nottingham. I’m stood at the bar with a scattering of friends.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Iris - Chasing the Sun6.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Murky gold. Hoppy and juicy.
Marble - Piwaka Waka 6.20GoodA strong. Golden. Lemony IPA with NZ hops.
Black Iris - Bury Me In Smoke5.50GoodFrom key-keg. Smoked sausage flavours.
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter Revival3.90AcceptableA straightforward Bitter.
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury Dark3.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional13
Excellent152
Good76
Acceptable24
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 93 times, seen 339 different beers and tried 215 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ