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


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RATINGS: 367   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pals (17) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2005
Very dark brown, almost black with a thick white head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and liqourice. Gentle and smooth, tastes sweet but with a strong liqorice hint and a long medium bitterness in aftertaste. Perfect for the cold, winter nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours dark drown w/ a tall lasting froth. Superb lacing. Aromas of mocha and mild darkfruits. Medium nectar w/ relaxed effers that create a rich, truely creamy texture. A dry brew w/ a mild roast upon fields of mocha, dates, cherry skins, molases, coffee bean, roasted chestnuts. There is a rather defined bittering component that sets up shop early and works into the wee hours. The finish is long and flavorfull w/ perfect bittering. This brew is full flavored and very English in nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4829) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5448) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5742) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6643) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - 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)

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (1697) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: darkbrown, off-white head Aroma: dark fruits, nutmeg, orange.. Palate: medium body, creamy texture, smooth carbonation.

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