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

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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.

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3.6
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Dark amber/light brown color; seemingly clear. Awesome head that recedes in a rocky fashion. Light ring lace left on the glass. A surprising sour smell. Largely chocolate aroma. Tastes like a rich brown ale. There are elements of black patent, chocolate and dark crystal malts. Good hop finish that blends well with the light coffee flavors. This is a very good Christmas beer. It has elements of a porter and a brown ale. Well balanced and flavorful.

3.5
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
A good English-style ale with a lot of malt flavor for its size. Twelve Days pours a deep ruby with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is mostly caramel malt with some earthy tones. There’s probably a touch of English hops in there but it’s light. It’s somewhere between a bock and a good English brown ale. The flavor is relatively sweet but nowhere near cloying. I can see what they’re getting at with the "nutty" descriptor, but it’s more earth to my palate. The mouthfeel gets pretty thin as I drain the glass. I imagine it’s a lot better from a cask.

3.5
BillKismet (4075) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Amber brown body with a full, bubbly caramelized cream head. Appealing wisps of brown malt, caramel, sweet nuttiness intrigue the nose. A woodiness arises in aroma and carries over to the first taste on the palate. A deep woody-brown malt flavor with some nuances of nut and aging. Easy roasting and layering of mid- to low-range crystal malts. Hints of nuts and raisins, English toffee, and dark fruit. A pleasantly nuanced brown ale.

3.5
jercraigs (10591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
2009-12-06. Dark brown body, modest foamy tan head fades. 3+ Nutty malty aroma, dark malts, modest sweet fruity touch. 6+ Flavour is similar, nutty malty character, sweet caramel and dark malt, light bitterness. Average palate suits the beer. Quaffable, a nice English brew, but just a touch mild overall. Bottle from England via Mabel’s brother

3.6
Nisse666 (7527) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2009
2008-12-17, bottle, 2008 edition! Färg: Bränd pepparkaka, härlig stabil skumkrona. Doft/Smak: Kaffe, medium beska - var är nötterna? Lång stabil eftersmak. Balanserad, välgjord- men i mitt tycke lite tråkig - druckigt den förut hos andra bryggerier. Plus dock för vacker etikett Passar bäst till: Ostkaka

3.5
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Dark brown, basically black, beige head. Roasty, fruity aroma, pears and apples. Taste is creamy, roasty with lots of different fruits and a nutty finish.

3.3
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear brown with a small but creamy beige head. The aroma is dry fruity like figs with caramel and biscuity malt. A slight nuttiness wafts in late. The flavor is heavy on the dark fruits, some caramel malts, some bread/biscuits, and a touch of hoppy bitterness. I think I was expecting a bit more spice which just wasn’t there. Worth a try once.

3.4
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2009
16.9 oz bottle 10/3/09 (Sam’s Wine & Spirits)-Pours a dark ruby brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt and caramel. Taste of chocolate, fruits, hops, and some spices. This medium bodied mouthful is very easy to drink and well balanced. A pleasant surprise.

2.8
greenmanalishi (551) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2009
Pours a dark ruby. Light, roasted malt aroma. Flavours are nutty, some raisin, caramel malt. Good sweet-bitter balance.

3.7
doubelknv3 (1093) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Chocolate, coffee, roast, and fruit aroma. Dark brown with tan frothy head. Chocolate, nuts, fruit, and balancing hop flavours. Full bodied, balanced, with lasting mild bitterness.


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