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

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RATINGS: 352   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3735) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2002
2001 Vintage. Dark brown/amber color, quickly dissipating head of cola-like carbonation. Metallic aroma, leading to a bitter flavor with more complex flavors of malt, and caramel. Slightly syrupy consistency, not as much carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2005
Bottle 500ml.Dark brown,small head.Malt bread flavours,some coffee.A smooth easy going ale.Hot ears at the ready.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10594) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Dark beige head. Aroma of malts, light hops and spices. Fruity and hoppy flavour. Quite pleasant and refreshing. Is light bitter and fruity in the end . Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a mediumthick longlasting tan head. Malty aroma with some nutty hints. Malty flavor with some hints of caramel and chocolate. Long bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette & Janis. (The Odense people is on their way to India). Dark brown - offwhite head. High malty, berries, caramel, bread, ligh thopped. Nice smooth !!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Dark copper, umber orange color with a tall, stable ecru head. LIght caramel and spice aromas. Some hints of dark fruit as well. A light aroma, that has a slight resemblance of fruit cake, not bad, just king of weak. Nice smooth feel. Toasted malt and toffee in the start. Light fruit, with hints of bananas, peaches, prunes and plums follow. Some pecans in the finish round out this light fruit cake of a brew. Drinkable enough, but to stick with the fruit cake theme, not one that I would be that thrilled with when the holidays come around.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (1998) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle (thanks rlgk & larsniclas) Red / Brown colour, with a nice head. Aroma of fruits and citrus,caramel, dust and a nice hopy ending. Flavor is almost the same, thin body, dominated of a nice smouth caramelynes. medium finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Dark reddish amber brown with a thin white head. Pineapple-like aroma. Mild hazelnuts to the scent as well. The first taste is fairly medicinal. Lots of caramel and butter brickle toffee. It’s just too thin in body to be a great beer. Finishes with a mild roasted coffee flavor, but little else.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6399) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear brown with a small but creamy beige head. The aroma is dry fruity like figs with caramel and biscuity malt. A slight nuttiness wafts in late. The flavor is heavy on the dark fruits, some caramel malts, some bread/biscuits, and a touch of hoppy bitterness. I think I was expecting a bit more spice which just wasn’t there. Worth a try once.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Two finger frothy off-white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Slightly toasty sweet malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel and rye as well as a prominent hazelnut character and very subtle earthy hops. Slightly toasty medium body with a lot of silky chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, roasted coffee and burnt toast. There’s a nice balance of sweet chocolate and deep roasted flavor that somewhat dominates the palate. Slightly bitter with a subtle lactic creaminess. With all of the dark roasted malts the body is still slightly thin and the nut profile and roasted bitter notes are a bit much. I wish the sweetness was a little more prominent creating more balance. Pretty complex for a British brown ale but still kind of underwhelming


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