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


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RATINGS: 364   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8449) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5310) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2010
Pours a dark brown body with a ruby-coppery hue, topped with a thin, off-white head. Nose is roasted malty toffee notes with hints of toffee. Taste is burnt toast and toffee, with hints of coffee. A light-bodied and very drinkable ale, pretty decent but not really that special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1475) - ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
500 mL bottle from Beers of Europe poured into a Belgian beer goblet. Very dark, with little head. A smooth and pleasant stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3646) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2835) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TET (2496) - Kaarina, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3765) - 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.

   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.

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