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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: English Strong Ale
Banbury, England

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, Pasteurised.
Twelve Days is a dark brown strong beer brewed for Christmas. A finely balanced ale, lightly hopped with a strong malt and nutty flavor. The strength gives the beer a smooth lingering aftertaste. A definite ale to savour.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8621) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2008
Bottled. A dark brown coloured beer with a short lived tan coloured head. The aroma is fruity with plums and prunes. Alcohol and wood also. A little chocolate in the fruity vinuous, warming taste. A good tasty beer which doesnít suffer at all for the pasteurization, but then the maltier beers donít.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2008
500 ml bottle. Poured a clear medium brown color with garnet light shining through. Head was khaki and reduced over a few minutes to a thin, clingy film. Smelled of subdued cocoa. There was also a whiff of banana. Nutty and chocolatey flavor. Dried fruits and a woody/earthy note were also present. Dry with moderate roasty bitterness that lingered. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1087) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2008
pint.9 oz bottle pours a walnutty brown into my guinness pint glass. mild aroma of malt, toffee, roasty figgy fruit and lightly spiced, though it doesnít seem to have any actual spice added. minty flavor, very delicately balanced and quite nice and smooth for 5.5%. medium-bodied, but any more and it would be sticky; any less and it would be weak. i like this very much.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle and served in standard English no-nik pint glass: A deep ruby brown hue with a creamy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and biscuity malt, chestnut, fig and candied fruit cake with a bit of cardboard. The taste is mildly fruity over a layer of sweet bready malts and a finish of moderate cardamom and wintergreen. Some classic hop bitterness and even some sourness shows up on the aftertaste. The mouth feel is bright and sharp but needs more body . A nice fruity bitter but is hardly strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2008
(50cl bottle) Small tan head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, fig, caramel, light nut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, fig/plum, some roasty nutty bitterness. Light-medium body, light stickiness. In the U.S., this would be considered a brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peregrinari (145) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Prominent aroma hinting of fig and molasses. Really nice amber color that is very clear (filtered). Slightly over roasted malt flavor with hints of brown corn syrup (brown sugar). Finish is a bit uncivilized and somewhat bitter. Overall I like this beer. It is a break from what I usually drink and I find the flavors complex yet balanced enough to be interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, chocolate, roasting, nuts, and a bit of fruits. Poured chestnut brown with a hint of ruby in color and a small, rocky, off-white head head that diminished. Clear. Not sparkling. Lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of chocolate, malts, dough, and nuts. Light to medium body. Light, watery, slightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Thin, malty finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3634) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2007
500 ml. Uncloudy, darkish copper-brown with a four-finger head that lasts and leaves some nice frost. Aroma of earthy and musty caramel mixed with tart apple. Initial taste is caramel, then tingly sour fruit and grain, with a turn to oak and roasted walnut. Finishes with a dry-sour note that leaves a pleasantly balanced roast malt-cocoa aftertaste. Lots of flavors in this ale. Medium body is a nice balance of sweet and dry, smooth, and slightly acidic-tingly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Handsome beer, pouring a chestnut body with slight orange tints and a firm ecru head. The lace appeared in rings, measuring the quantity of each swallow. The aroma is rich and malty with some sweet apples and a touch wood. In flavor, itís malty without being too sweet, a bit of caramel, a slice of apple, and a bit of smokey dryness. A tasty ale that even this confirmed hophead can appreciate.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Pours a fire brick red with a fizzy short lasting head. Aroma of lightly roasted caramel, coffee, and salted chestnuts. Flavors of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and spices. Maybe a hint of sweet pipe tobacco. As the bottle warms more complexities show. I like this one!


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