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


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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2002
Dark red in colour. Flavours comprise of chocolate, liquorice and brandy infused Xmas pud. Bitter at the back of the throat and a long finish. I had the 2002 vintage and it was good enough for any time of the year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
2009-12-06. Dark brown body, modest foamy tan head fades. 3+ Nutty malty aroma, dark malts, modest sweet fruity touch. 6+ Flavour is similar, nutty malty character, sweet caramel and dark malt, light bitterness. Average palate suits the beer. Quaffable, a nice English brew, but just a touch mild overall. Bottle from England via Mabel’s brother

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled, Case purchased at Majestic, Bicester, 02-10-06. Wonderful dark brown with a nice creamy head. Pleasant warming flavoursome beer that had plenty of rich malts and fruits swishing around. The bottle describes it as having a strong nutty flavour, I’m not quite sure it was a strong nutty flavour but there was some nuttiness there. Very smooth good full bodied beer that will be even more pleasing as the nights continue to draw in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2012
16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color, thin khaki grayish head. Fades a bit. Some lace. Nice nutty and chocolate nose. Good earthy hops complement the rich aroma well. Mostly bitter taste. Light spice. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Solid british Christmas bitter. Flavorful and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle. Murky brown mahogany pour with a nice creamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, nut, malt. Creamy. Taste is similar to aroma just not quite as pronounced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 First rating
(Bottle, thanks to larsniclas and rlgk!)
Clear dark brown color, tan head. Acidic fruity juniper almost sour to lambic scent, still a bit subtle. Sweet but subtle taste. Medium mouthfeel and bitterness.

50 cl bottle on Ocotber 13, 2009
Clear dark copper to dark brown color, tan head. Fruity, sweet, roasted, salty, alcohol scent. Smooth, grainy, salty, malty taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Grainy aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2013
500ml bottle at home. Pours dark reddish brown, decent off-white head and lacing. Slightly metallic aromas, toffee malt and dark sugar. Taste is sweet, finishes sweet and strangely thin. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2010
(bottle) Clear, ruby brown colour with a big and beige foamy head. Toasty malty aroma with earthy notes, caramel and liquorice, accompanied by subtle fruity and herbal spicy hops. Moderately bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a calm carbonation. Toast-malty, slightly earthy taste with liquorice, a tinge of chocolate and subtle fruity notes in the background; roasty bitter finish with lingering notes of dark chocolate. Very pleasant dark and strong Ale. 10.XII.10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
500 ml bottle. Deep dark brown beer, creamy tan head. Swwet and toasty malts, dried fruit, pear/plums, dried cherry, raspberry and some soft malty molasses. A bit of ginger of light nutty candied flavour. Softly sweet on the finish. Warming brew, perfect for cooler days. Lovely beer.

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