Let's begin with a random reference to Hoare:
"CASK LIFTS AND DROPS.
"Engineering: An Illustrated Weekly Journal vol. VII January to June 1869", 1869, page 28.
You may remember that Hoare is the brewery where poor bastards had to hunk sacks of malt from the riverside and up several floors by hand. Nice to see that they did have some mechanical aids. Shifting casks about by hand - even when they're empty - is no barrel of laughs. I know how heavy and unmanageable even a firkin is. Back in the day, the majority of casks would have been barrels or hogsheads.
Now on with Hoare's Stout. As a traditional Porter brewery this should have been one of their flagship beers. In terms of specs, the relatively high FG leaves this beer weaker than average, despite having a slightly above par OG. As you can see, it's of the more expensive 9d (8d after 1923) type.
How did it fare?
|Hoare Stout quality 1922 - 1925|
|1922||Stout||1020.8||1056.8||4.65||63.38%||fine rather thin||1||9|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001|
Do that well, really. True, seven of the ten examples got positive scores, but most were just ones. As the bad ones were all pretty bad, they almost cancelled out the good scores, leaving a paltry positive average of 0.10.
For the time-traveller, Hoare Stout is Russian roulette. Russian roulette with two bullets in the revolver: there's around a one in three chance of blowing your brains out.