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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours dark plum into an English pint. Nice off-white head recedes leaving sheet lacing. Malty caramel aromas. Dry and earthy with caramel upfront and a lasting sour bitter finish. Similar to an HSA...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
500ml bottle. Chestnut brown color with stained glass red edges. Seawater choco toffee aroma. Rich and roasty, with lots of chocolaty dark malt flavor. Not unlike a Porter or a Dunkel, but with a sandy hop balance and richness that really makes this a great beer. Another stellar beer from Hook Norton.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2009
Bottle from utobeer. Pours a dark chocolate with tan head rich dark fruit flavours are followed by a malty slightly smokey nose. Fruityness is then cleaned away by a surprising bitter finish great stuff!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5309) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
500 ml bottle, from Selfridge’s food store, London. ABV is 5.5%. Very dark brown colour, large to moderate beige head. Nice malty aroma and flavour, notes of caramel, dark dried fruits and nuts, hints of chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. Moderate but noticeable hops in the finish. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2467) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2012
Just on cool and into a Hooky pint. That hue of deepest ruby that shimmers and sparkles when held up to the light. Drabby, flabby dollop of dirty cream holds on well above and manages little legs. There is dry roasted nuts and carob beans, cola beer, nutmeg, mace, leather and an earthy, musty ol’ fell fruit note on the nose - delicious. Short burst of sweetest cola and molasses upfront dwindles to open up to a textured, malt driven palate. Good body (considering it is pasteurised and filtered) with a light dash carbonation upfront smoothing out and becoming smoky and pasty in back. Very woody with roasted nuts, smoke, aniseed, bitter dark chocolate and subtle earthy spices. Hops play a part too; an almost subliminal, earthy and weeded spiciness pokes out on the odd sip. Alcohol is strangely evident in the smooth, malty bitter and ashen finish. Better as it warms opening up a little more in the aftertaste to add a hint of Dutch cocoa and vanilla bean. It is miserably cold here in Perth at the minute and this one works a treat in warming the cockles even at such a modest ABV. A very enjoyable Dark ale! (50cL, BB 28/11/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crippledbrewer (45) - - JAN 1, 2014
Poured a nice dark brown with a dense off white head. Aroma was sweet,spicy with light wood and nuts. The palate was soft and it seemed to embrace the tongue. The flavour is quite sweet with notes of caramel and fruitcake with a dry bitter roasted malt finish. This is the first Christmas beer I have had that is light bodied enough to work in Australian summer conditions yet still have a respectable amount of flavour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porschemad911 (3) - - MAY 8, 2014 does not count
Very nice dark beer. Tastes like a Guinness stepped up a notch in complexity and intensity - delicious for those cold winter nights.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (302) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
500 nil bottle from bed Lilydale deep brown in colour malty aroma strong malty taste good ale

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eusou9 (67) - - JAN 22, 2014
Hoppy and flower aroma from a brown body and tan creamy head. Bitter sweet balanced, and works perfectly with salty cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1506) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.


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