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

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RATINGS: 344   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Dark brown with highlights that are more brown than amber. Aroma is delicious. It is full of fruit and sweet malt. Raisin is prominent. Flavor is also full of dark fruit and is not as sweet as the aroma and is moderately bitter. It is roasted nut with coffee. This is a wonderful beer that one could spend an evening with.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4615) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2008
500 ml bottle. Beautiful dark red body with a dense brown head. Sweet, roasty malt aroma. Flavor is fresh, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel and some dry fruit. Light body with a gentle bitter finish. Balanced and nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3504) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Aroma is strong and richly malty with a strong overtone of brown sugar. It pours a clear dark brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, off-white head that stays around. Flavor is malty with ribbons of brown sugar or molasses and smoky and nutty hints. Aftertaste is rather sweet but not cloying; there is just a whisper of hop bitterness. A delightful ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1903) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
1 pint bottle, Fargo. Deep red amber colour, spicy malt aroma. Smooth & velvety, very mellow, with a warm spicy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquours, Chicago. Dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is doughy with caramel, brown sugar and red fruit. Flavor is caramel with some nuttieness, fresh brown sugar (if brown sugar can seem fresh), red fruit, sweet, some hop bitterness in the finish. Medium to full creamy body. A solid mix between a brown ale and a winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours mahogny with a thick yellowish head. Fruity aroma with prominant plums and even prunes.A little chocolate makes it through, too. Chocolate tastes move to the forefront with fruity flavours in the background. Some earthy notes. Medium body. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - 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 doesn’t suffer at all for the pasteurization, but then the maltier beers don’t.

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 (1115) - 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 doesn’t 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 (6155) - 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.


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