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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2149) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2009
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Clear. Tall light beige head that clings to the glass. Strong raisiny toffee aroma. Hints of cacao and dark chocolate. Powdery dry texture. Strong flavours of licorice and dark chocolate. Dark burnt caramel. Dry bitterness from roasted malts and clean English hops. Wonderful dark complexity. Raisins and caramel. Excellent beer for those dark and cold days at the end of the year.

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4470) - 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 (3640) - 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 (1868) - 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 (2450) - 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 (289) - 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 (403) - Sydney, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1455) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.


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