hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2007
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 (15132) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2003
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.
Don2711 (493) - - DEC 17, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2016 Excellent malty and almond aroma. Nutty caramel flavours with sweetness hint. Good strength and nice bite on palate. Brown ruby colour. Best Christmas drink so far this year. Year later and even better. omhper (25563) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2003
Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
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.
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 (1749) - 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. dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
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 (8751) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2009
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 3.9BeerViking (4989) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unchanged
Cask at the Moon under Water, Hounslow. Near black with a lasting beige head. Lightly plummy nose with hints of cocoa and roast coffee. Rich and creamy textured, dry-sweet and roasty-fruity. Finishes burnt-sweet and dry roasty bitter. Delicious. thewolf (12747) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
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.