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

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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (964) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2013
Tummy bug brown, with no mentionable head. I had it too cold, so there isn’t much I can say about the aroma. Flavour is woody, with plenty of alcohol, actually quite interesting, with a hoppy bitterness that lingers for a long time in the mouth. Medium bodied, it has plenty of carbonation. Must be consumed at a proper temperature, much higher than straight from the fridge.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (553) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown/ruby. Frothy head that dissipates quickly to a thin white covering. Mid level lacing. Muted, but enjoyable aromas of chocolate malt. Nice malt flavour up front with a long smooth mouthfeel filled with chocolate and a touch of coffee. A complex hop bitterness tempers any sweetness in the mid palate, begging you to take the next sip. Perfect carbonation allowing a delicious mouthfeel. I love this style. Subtle and so typically understated English, but still full of wonderful flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (733) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2013
Brown with short lived head. Choc And caramel malt, raisins and nuts aroma. Sweetness with an underlying bitterness. Surprisingly prickly carbonation given no head.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
varanid99 (834) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2013
Dark brown, cola coloured pour with very little head, just a little "slick" on top. Aroma is malty, caramel, dried fruits. Taste is malt, caramel, nuts, dried fruit, pretty smooth, very little bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (344) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
500 nil bottle from bed Lilydale deep brown in colour malty aroma strong malty taste good ale

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2013
Not a bad beer. Slightly above average. Probably won’t get it again because there are better beers out there.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
Not real crash hot i could think of better ways to pass the time like drinking my own urine

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (1248) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
Dark with quite a mixed bag of flavours and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Could drink a couple

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (1571) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
500ml bottle. pours a dark brown with very small head. just noticed that this is brewed for xmas. I had it in the height of summer on one of the hottest days - still went down well! aroma is rich of malts and spice. taste is much the same and as per the deScription, a very smooth after taste. some spices right at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Beautifully detailed malts develop toasted nuts, caramel and fruit jam before salient leafy hop bitterness balances out this pleasant Strong Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam ruby-hued dark brown.
-Malts in this one are multifaceted. I would have loved to find it on cask...
-The hop bitterness is more important than I had expected. That green, leafy finish is enduring. It tends to take away from the beauty of the malts though...
-The mouthfeel is rather lean and carbonation is prickly yet soft.
-Drinkability is pretty high.

Bottle.


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