hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Surely the best Hooky beer. Dark brown with a beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Dark, sweet, rich, fruity taste, vinous and wonderful. Bitter finish. Totally delicious.
imdownthepub (11964) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hook Norton's Twelve Days is aimed as a winter warmer in the keg but is more generally available in bottle. It has a strong dark malt flavour and is very nutty in character. In the keg it has a fruity, plummy taste, but in the bottle the pasteurisation seems to have reduced its appeal a little. Not high on hops, but there is a fine lingering taste left in the mouth. It would benefit geatly by being bottle conditioned, when I believe it would be a classic. Overall a very enjoyable Christmas ale, this was the 2001 vintage bottling that was tasted.
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Deep ruby. Fruit and hay in the aroma. Sweet with loads of chewy malt, but still with light, soft mouthfeel. The finish is salty with notes of licorice and flowery hop bitterness.
JonMoore (2034) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Lougborough. Dark chestnut colour with a creamy white head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Sweet, fruity, roasted malty flavour. Full bodied. Very good.
tombyars (1512) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpump at The Wellington, Birmingham. Very dark brown in appearance, with a short head. A relatively strong hop/citrus scent. Flat and slightly thin, but not too bad. Reasonable bitterness and just a hint of sweetness, with a dry finish. Full of hops, slightly roasted nuts and plums and cherries. Not too rich and doesn’t taste as strong as it is.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Cask conditioned handpump Crosse Keys London. A mahogany coloured beer with a little off-white coloured head. A boozy sweetish aroma with caramel notes, as well as some nuts and raisins. The taste is similar. Nice wintery fruits and some coal. A good length and a very tasty beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unchanged
thewolf (11651) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Charlies Bar, Cph. Pours deep chestnut brown with a nice, small, creamy, beige head. Great duration. Soft aroma, light prunes and chocolate. Low carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel - lightly prickly. Nice flavour. Lots of chocolate, fruitiness, sweet malts, toffee. Finishes with a great amount of dryness with roasted malts, cloves and good, flowery hoppiness. Lovely.
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@The Ice Wharf, Camden, London. Rubyish brown colour with mediumsized beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, chocolate, some nuttyness as well as some hints of fruits and some earthy notes. Flavour is quite much the same in a nice balance. Nutty and caramelly finish.
Imaena (2128) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love Hook Norton beers and Twelve Days might be my overall favorite. Its got lots of sweet dark fruit flavor notes and richness.