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


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RATINGS: 356   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1673) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2015
500mL bottle from Dan Murphys. BB 29 SEP 16 Good looking beer - deep bronze body, holds a tight beige head. Malty nose - roast nuts, burnt caramel, golden syrup, treacle, dark plummy esters, some dried fruit and earthy leafy hop character. Medium bodied, rather dry, slight roast astringency thins it out a slight bit, it has to be said, carbonation perhaps a touch coarse. Delivers plenty on the palate - toasty malts, browned nuts, treacle, dried leafy/tobacco-like hop note, raisins, plums, earthiness lingers on a dry finish with a strong bitterness. Packed full of character, strangely alluring and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2015
It is a very malty aromatic ale with overtones of nuts and chocolate. The taste is filled with caramel and dried fruit (raisins), light tones of dark chocolate and walnut. Everything is composed in a very simple manner that at no time are confused. Hop bitterness is marking and keep the balance well in check in this well brewed ale. Towards the end, a little notes of coffee and a dry aftertaste. It is simply completed and delicate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (634) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
500ml bottle into glass, poured at room temperature. Faint smoky malt nose. Dark brown beer with towering tan-coloured head. No carbonation. Slight tingle on the tongue,sweet malt taste. Aftertaste is a bit of raisiny bitterness but quite abrupt and dry. Nice, good for a couple at least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidAust (109) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2015
We don’t get a huge range of English Ales in Australia, and what there is tends to be highly priced. Twelve days meets the market with a decent price for a solid and credible beer. Dark as you expect an ESB to be, decent head with mild aroma hinting of malts and fruits to come. Not too thick and a mild carbonation makes this a well bodied brew; with a mix of sweet malts, bitterness, alcohol and a lingering fruity and current flavour to finish. Actually the temperature you drink this at will greatly increase or decrease the fruit at the end (4-6 degrees Celsius as I like it = less fruit / 9-11 degrees Celsius as recommended by Hook Norton = more dark dried fruit that lingers longer). AS funny as it may sound, it does taste like a winter’s Christmas in England as portrayed in movies / TV. Great to sit back and sip on its own on a cold day or with a nice piece of chocolate cake or Christmas pudding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawanna (2813) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2015
0,5 l bottle chocolate, coffee, roasty, herbs, earthy, brown, clear, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Milter (512) - Nyborg, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2015 Dejlig strong ale med frisk smag, med let røget eftersmag. Flot udseende. Værd at smage igen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (5047) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle from SuperBest Ama’r Foodmarket, CPH - dark sienna/brown pour with a nice beige head. Aroma and taste is caramel malty, toffee, nutty, knækbrød, some dark fruits, some nice spicy nuances, pretty satisfying overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (5323) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
500ml bottle. Ruby red glowing, dark brown colour ith small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Malty aroma with a nuttily touch, a strange bitter, somehow alcoholic almond note. Taste is nuttily malty, slightly bitter hoppy overtones, a cautious touch of Marmite, subtle malt sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (1900) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Klar møkebrun farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av røstet malt og frukt. Smak av røstet malt, karamell og frukt. Lett bitter og minimalt karbonert. Vinmonopolet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (2511) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Lukt: Frukter, eik og noe karamell.
Utseende: Mørk fin kastanje rød/brun farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt lag skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Smak av karamell og en anelse kaffe.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Hinna, Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting med Gorm
Medium: Flaske@500ml, ABV@5,5%, Når@26.01.2015

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