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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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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11653) - 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 (148) - 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 (3847) - 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 (5552) - 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, it’s 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 (356) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2007
Small head on a reddish body. Dark fruit hints, very good combination of bitterness ans sweetness, very drinkable. A pleasure at dinner!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle. Mild swet fruit with some malted caramel and nuts. Red body held tio light with decent head. Sweet fruit at start then as you progress into beer the caramel malt is there. At the finish a stronger bitter acidic flavor is there. A roasted nutty aftertaste on the palate. Good Brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Vintage 2004 - tasted May 05. It’s a dark brown reddish mahogany color and a small head. The aroma has notes of dark fruit and the mouthfeel is full, and the flavour is rather complex and delicious. It has notes of roasted malts, light sweetness, dark fruit and hints of licorice and spice. These words might lead the thoughts in direction of Belgian beers, but this is lighter and more refreshing. I like a beer with so few %, when it has this very nice and full-bodied taste. Vintage 05 - tasted November 05. It’s not yet as smooth as the 04, but the notes are pretty much the same. I do however also find nuts in the flavour in this one though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The pour is a somewhat hazy reddish brown with a modest light tan creamy head that fails quickly leaving a velum like coating of lace. Nose has a sweet rich malt aroma, caramel, and a bit of hops, spicy and pleasant. Front is quite sweet, decently malted, with a touch of the bittering hops at the back, moderate in feel. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, sweet and dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate, a quite nice beer.


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