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


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RATINGS: 368   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.

Gusler's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The pour is a somewhat hazy reddish brown with a modest light tan creamy head that fails quickly leaving a velum like coating of lace. Nose has a sweet rich malt aroma, caramel, and a bit of hops, spicy and pleasant. Front is quite sweet, decently malted, with a touch of the bittering hops at the back, moderate in feel. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, sweet and dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate, a quite nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 21, 2016
26-Nov-11 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 23-Dec-07 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA)
You never know for sure how a beer will cellar, and I was worried I let this one go too long, but after one sip, those concerns are dashed. This is a very malty beer, toasty, caramely, nutty, and earthy with a pleasant smokiness to the malt. The nose is equally malty and earthy, with aromas of brown toast, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, fallen leaves, and decayed logs. Medium-full in weight, light-medium in carbonation, and reasonably dry on the palate for such a malty beer. Clear, ruddy brown body is capped by a thin, light-tan head that settles quickly to a thin ring, leaving no lacing to speak of. Very nice to drink, enjoyable, a repeatable purchase.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drmet (825) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2016
L: -pours a clear brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,offwhite head -low carbonation visible S: -caramel,toffee,cherry,strawberry,plu to medium carbonation -light to medium body O: This was great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (967) - GERMANY - JUL 21, 2016
Klares rotbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, Röstaromen, dunkle Schokolade, Nüsse, schwer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Haz_1 (1) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2016 does not count
Bloody nice strong dark ale. Not that strong really, but enough to not be to weak. Would buy again for sure. Oh yeah, it’s English.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17248) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle at home, 27/05/16. Rich chestnut to mahogany brown with a decent beige cap of bubbles that retains well. Nose is rich malt, straw, grain, toffee, dark fruit esters, light spice. Taste comprises fruit loaf, dates, brown sugar, brown bread, light spice, treacle toffee. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with balanced bitterness. Decent flavoursome English Strong ... goes well with cheddar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2850) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2016
Cask. Just comments and numerals due to social interaction. Dark mixed fruits, caramel, rich complex malt for such low abv beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (599) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2016
500ml bottle. Dark brown appearance with a small dissipating tan head. Malty aroma, caramel, earthy notes, dark fruit, hint of chocolate. Taste follows the aroma, also a slight nutty flavour and light roast. Slightly sweet with a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
matstrange (107) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2016
Nice head on pouring with an almost black complexion. Very malty taste with a hint of nuttiness and a bit of a kick at 5.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Bottle 500ml. Served at cellar temperature. Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with red highlights and a lightly tanned, frothy head that lasts well. Aroma is of earthy hops, spiced cookies, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, blueberries and prunes. Flavour is a light earthy/spicy hop bitterness with toffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, sultanas, plums, a hint of coffee and a dry, earthy/roasted finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a good length finish. Very well balance and moreish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMagnet (17) - Katoomba, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2016
500ml bottle. Rich brown ale with modest head. Delightful aromas of malt, dark chocolate and caramel. Richly flavoured, multi-layered palate with nutmeg, caramel and spice, slightly sweet finish. Gosh!

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