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


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter.
"A strong, dark brown beer, offering a dominantly malty palate with nutty overtones. The finish is lyrically sweet that speaks for its strength. A fine partner to the Cheese Board."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4786) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Cask by hand-pump at Society Room, Glasgow (5.5% abv on the badge) - clear very dark brown, good creamy beige head, berry fruits aroma, excellent film of lacing, smooth creamy, berry fruits flavour, nicely balanced

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Live@The Felix, Nuneaton, 06/12/13. Sulphured nose easing into conifer, sprout and aniseed blandness. Syrup body with generic Bateman’s brown bitter aniseed and cooked dark sugar. An especially drain-like nose. Heady and drab.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (9536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Cask at the White Lady. Surprisingly pale red-brown pour, expected a darker beer. Some chocolate on the nose, otherwise just "malty". Taste is sweet, finish is sweet. I wouldn’t go so far as to say "lyrically". I would say it was "watery" instead. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2848) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2013
For the sake of the social interaction just numeral ratings and/or some highlighted attributes. Quite dull strong ale from a decent brewery. Nothing worth of highlighting, but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2911) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 13, 2013
On cask at Porterhouse. Appearance: dark cloudy plum/raisin with a medium dirty white head. Aroma: Sour, rhubarb & cherry, a little lactose with grass and dark fruits and chocolate . Flavour: dark chocolate, a little of the tartness I got in the aroma present, cherry and chocolate, hint of chicory, coffee, good bitterness and tartness in the finish. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlhooker (28) - Dublin, Ireland, IRELAND - JAN 9, 2013
Cask at Black Sheep Dublin. Dark brown slight beige head. Balanced malt nutty caramel fruits taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2229) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 2, 2013
I love Hook Norton beers and Twelve Days might be my overall favorite. Its got lots of sweet dark fruit flavor notes and richness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1595) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2012
Tried this at the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in December 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark ruby red in colour with a thick creamy buff head - has the appearance of Sarah Hughes Ruby Red Mild. Strong roast malt in the long intense aroma. Thick creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing throughout. Dark malts give a maltloaf base with strong mocha coffee, rich Belgian chocolate, sweet molasses and strong fruit notes of overipe plums. Hardly any note of hop resins in the aftertaste as malt returns in the smooth vinous finish with creamy vanilla and oak cask flavours. This is a superb Strong Ale and worth seeking out, highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9939) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Cask, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are very vinous with burnt toast and toffee with black currants and strawberry. Molasses with bready cookie dough. Flavours are fruity and sweet with dry and spicy red wine notes. Viscous with a warming palate. A proper winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2011
Cask at JDW Holloway. Dark red brown with bubbly off white head. Aroma yeast, very fruity, bit of pear, quite vinous. Taste is sweet, raspberry jam. Medium bodied with sweet finish. Nice.

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