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

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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Body-almost opaque brown with a thick ring of bubbles. Nose-wet cardboard, muted hops, strong malt backbone, almost corny/husky, a really good balance of sweet/husk/hops, cereal, good clean taste. Very good beer that just screams “ENGLISH”.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2009
500 ml bottle, $4 at Binny’s. Sweet ale smell, some coffee hidden in the nose, too. Dark brown color, few bubbles, clear highlights, big foamy tan head. Taste is straight ahead brown ale, but then those coffee roast notes appear again. Despite being only 5.5% abv, it’s very warming. Melted brown sugar or treacle appear, and earthy, peppery English hops. Carbonation may seem low, but not flat, a little more bubbly than an English cask ale or than yesterday’s St. Peter’s Winter Ale. Yet another fine fireside ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (3670) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Clear dark brown with a fading head with no lacing. Gorgeous aroma of slightly earthy cocoa notes, figs, peaches, vanilla, and a nuttiness not unlike pecans. Taste is fruity and malty, with notes of toffee, raisin, some faint oak with vanilla, and toasted nuttiness with some cocoa on the back end. Smooth, and with a bigger body than its session-able ABV would predict.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2012
500ml bottle. A strong deep brown colour bordering on copper. Loads of pleasant malt and biscuity aromas. Full flavoured with a nice lingering fruitiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
I like the way that Hook does beer. Steam powered brewery with a gravity feed system that lets the wort flow from the mash tuns at the top of the brewery on down through the brew cycle till the beer reaches the ground floor. That same attention to detail can be found in their beers - i like twelve days best of all for its warmth, sweet raisin flavors, and heavy winter ale persona.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (1841) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle from b&m Chester-le-Street. A deep dark ruby, almost black beer. It has a rich chocolate and spiced flavour, liquorice and cinnamon notes and slight warming red fruity and roasted chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (194) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
500 nil bottle from bed Lilydale deep brown in colour malty aroma strong malty taste good ale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (275) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown/ruby. Frothy head that dissipates quickly to a thin white covering. Mid level lacing. Muted, but enjoyable aromas of chocolate malt. Nice malt flavour up front with a long smooth mouthfeel filled with chocolate and a touch of coffee. A complex hop bitterness tempers any sweetness in the mid palate, begging you to take the next sip. Perfect carbonation allowing a delicious mouthfeel. I love this style. Subtle and so typically understated English, but still full of wonderful flavour.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: A nice Christmas gift. It was like some sort of Christmas dessert. The carbonation was a bit overpowering. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark red, that looked brown in the glass with red highlights and a small, white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was nice but weak. There was light to moderate toasted, nutty, caramel and milk chocolate malts; light hops; raisin, plum and toffee. The initial flavor was sweet and acidic; while the finish was rather sweet, lightly bitter and acidic with and average to long duration. There was caramel and nutty malts, toffee, hints of cocoa, raisins, some dark cherries, plum a little apple, toast, cookies, molasses and a little earthy and herbal hops. The notch above medium body was somewhat syrupy and then dry with highly fizzy carbonation and a dry, slightly metallic and lightly astringent finish.


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