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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3078) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Brown bottle, 1 pint 0.9 ounce, drank with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on October 8 2010; eye: mahogany, opaque, tiny sheet of creamy beige head, nice lacing; nose: roasted malt, molasses, light burnt malt, light caramel; mouth: roasted malt, astringency, light molasses, light acridness, light burnt, light cocoa, dark chocolate, finale in malt with light presence of burnt malt, light astringency; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 0,9 once, bue avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 8 octobre 2010; œil : acajou, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige crémeuse, bonne dentelle; nez : malt rôti, mélasse, léger malt brûlé, léger caramel; bouche : malt rôti, astringence, léger mélasse, légère âcreté, léger brûlé, léger cacao, chocolat noir, finale en malt avec légère présence de malt brûlé, légère astringence; en résumé : bien

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2011
Bottled 50cl. It pours a dark ruby beer with a creamy light beige head. Caramel, mocha and walnuts showing up in the nose. Sweet. Poor lacework. Medium to full bodied. Leafy. Moderate carbonation. Good bitterness and a lovely malt profile. Late bitterness. Caramel, asparagus and mocha in the finish which is dry. A bit cloying after a few sips outherwise a rather plesent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TET (1751) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Colabrown beer with a weak and blond head. Aroma is complex and interesting, roastiness, peanuts, fruitness and chocolate. Taste is nutty and malty, some roastiness, quite dry with balanced bitterness. Almost medium bodied to drink, quite nice. Again, personal and nice beer from Hook Norton, very interesting beer even points aren’t higher, I can recommend this beer to try.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2004
Bottled. 2003 Vintage. Auburn to brown in colour, with good condition. Bitter sweet with a sneaky alcohol lurking in the corners. Long on the palate. Has some spice but not whole nine yards of Christmas (cloves, spices, herbs, rubbish), for that I was pleased. Not sure what the Vintage is all about, this beer didn't seem like it would benefit from excessive aging.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2004
Bottle, from Fabeers in York. 2003 vintage. Deep chestnut, thin white head and moderate condition. Subdued aromas of sweet malt, roast barley and faint smoke with some caramel or butterscotch lurking in the background. Sweet and roasted in the mouth with some butteriness and a gentle hop note but it becomes a little oversweet almost cloying towards the end, reminding me of some of the Batemans beers. Finish is bettuery with hints of hop bitterness but again a little on the sweet side.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Bottle, Vintage 2004. Dark red-brown color with a small head. Sweet caramel malty aroma and taste, light roasted. Medium body and a sweet dry finish. 6-4-6-3-13. Re-Rate: CASK at Charlies. 5-3-6-3-13. Brown colour with a small beige head. Caramel malty, nutty, butter aroma and taste. Medium body with a light butter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
A Mes rate: Not the best Christmas ale I have ever had. Malty aroma with mellow hoppy notes and just a hint of toffee or something similar. Red/brown body. Poor head. A little bit too sweet and pudding like to begin with for me finishing long with some more sweet stuff then some bitterness. Erm... yeah that’s it.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
50 cl bottle. Dark reddish brown colour with a beige head. Light roasted aroma. Citrus flavour with notes of some roastedness. Ends up with a fine taste and have a little sourness to the end. Very easy-drinking ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14010) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2007
Bottled. Clear, deep ruby beer with an aroma of lightly burnt malt and some hops in the background. The flavor is a bit sweet and malty, with a balanced bitterness. Medium to full body and it feels a bit peppery in the mouth. A quite nice englishman. (070216)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
Deep brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of caramel and liqurice. A nice flavor of liqurice, dark fruits and nuts.


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