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

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RATINGS: 353   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (919) - 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 (1283) - 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 (8396) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Dean (63) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 9, 2013
Deep mahogany pour. Thin tan head. Sweet malty. Nutty aroma. Dark fruit, mollases, nuts on the tongue. Smooth warm finish. Low bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scottkelly (13) - Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 6, 2013
Nice dark color resembling coffee. I get mixed aromas from nutty, to banana, to licorice, and even a bit of plum. There is a bit of body and its also quite smooth. Bready with a slight nuttiness. Would definitely be a cold weather beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cuso (5690) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle from Novomestsky pivovar, Bratislava. Cola brown color with medium off-white head. very light aroma of caramel. Taste, caramel, licorice, coffee, dark malt. Burned sugar in finish. Not very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2287) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle from Tescos in Amersham, Bucks. A dark brown/red coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Malty, caramel aroma. Tastes malty, caramel, dark fruit, nutty, slight bitterness. Had this one many times before when it was sold in the stunning black bottle. Nice English strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (2726) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle from Brewdog Slovensko. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, nuts. Huge off-white head, quickly disappearing. Clear dark ruby colour. Taste is cofee and caramel, bitter has the upper hand right away. Coffee, caramel and nut flavours work very well here, good balance. Drinkability is higher. Finish is longer in duration, bitter, Finally a beer from this brewery which can receive some decent numbers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Fine winter ale, full bodied with plenty of sweet fruitiness. It also has pleasant subtle roasted flavours and coffee notes. Very dark brown with a small off-white head.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted caramel, light orange and light dried dark fruit. Flavour is roasted caramel, light orange, light coriander and dried fruit.


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