Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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Reviews by TKempe:
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Brown to very deep red in colour with a strong beige head and a good amount of lace.
The smell is very malty in a rather roasted and dryish fashion, accompanied by some big fruity overtones, a delicate touch of refreshing (somewhat minty) hops and a soft whiff of alcohol. A smell that is quite powerful and saturated.
The taste starts of bittersweet with a strong hoppy note and some sour fruitiness. It then very slowly becomes predominantly bitter and roasted, ending very porter-like, with the slightest bit of fruitiness remaining in the background. This beer goes through a major development taste-wise and has a long-lasting aftertaste.
Carbonation is about medium (bordering on soft) and so is the body.
A bold beer this is, 'dark and strong'as the label states.
02-08-2009 21:11:20 | More by TKempe
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +5%
Another chesnut colored winter warmer into a imperial nonic,a well formed creamy-like tan colored head atop.Big juicy fruit malt in the nose mixed with caramel/biscuit malt,the fruit really jumped in your face and was nice.Flavors are of fruit cakes with a tinge of nuttiness,very fruit forward.Its a nice winter beer thats not hot or overly sweet,a very nice winter beer in my opinion.
11-17-2010 23:06:07 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +5%
500 ml bottle. Body is a dark mahogany with ruby highlights. Medium tan head retains well and leaves some sheet lacing on the glass.
Aroma is mostly malty, with a lot of nuttiness going on. Hints of cocoa and roasted coffee are also prominent. Herbal and spicy hints and some vague fruit add depth.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Body is medium, barely. Low medium carbonation.
Taste is dominated by a roasty and bitter maltiness. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, herbal hops, and a hint of red apple add interest. A hint of spices, pine nuts or ginger, perhaps, elevate this above a brown ale base. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Not your typical Christmas Ale. Not very Christmassy at all, really, but enjoyable.
01-17-2010 00:16:12 | More by merlin48
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. Features a partridge in a pear tree on the front label - along with the name this hints at a Christmas ale (though this is not explicitly stated). Purchased at the Grog shop in Oxford.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark ruby hue with low carbonation. Produces a small head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. A subtle aroma of caramel malt with hints of cocoa, chocolate syrup, dried fruit, brown sugar and alcohol.
Tastes of dark malt with a subtle fruity character and a mild bitter finish. Faint notes of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, vanilla, caramel and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation and slight astringency. Aftertaste of sweet dark malt and chocolate.
An interesting Christmas ale with a restrained character. All the aromas and flavours are subtle, yet this beer achieves a nuanced complexity. No spice, but a definite chocolate note makes itself known. Lovely body. Rewards the perceptive beer drinker. Well worth sampling if you come across it.
01-03-2012 00:16:39 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.58/5 rDev -6%
(Served in a nonic)
A- The dense black body supports a thick tan head that soon fades to a rocky spotty patch on the side of the glass.
S- The fruity malt aroma has some dark notes and some softer berry qualities to it. There is a slight sweaty note from the black malt as it warms.
T- The roasted black malt has a watery taste to it with some fruity pea berry coffee notes that lead to the bitterness in the finish. The bitterness takes on a slight fish oil note when it warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat. D- A little fruity i the dark malts but thin until the bitter finish.
12-10-2009 22:16:30 | More by rhoadsrage
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
The color is a red-tinted dark brown showing clarity in the light. There's enough substance to maintain a hefty tan head for awhile. A ring of chunky lacing tops the glass and drops more lacing behind it.
Malty and nutty, yes, but what this beer offers primarily in its aroma is fig and plum with a whiff of alcohol and spiciness. Malts lay down a strong foundation, but the full spectrum isn't permitted to shine beneath the dark fruits.
In the flavor, however, the full effect can be appreciated. Hops bitterness comes out strong but gentle and obviously British, and I assume from which comes a steadying earthiness and peppery nip along with leafy floral notes. The nutty flavor is also more effective. Alcohol still comes through despite a reasonable 5.5% and avoids the fusel taint. Dark fruits still play a major role and the sweetness is appreciated.
The body is medium and has a bit of smoothness but opts for crispness in the overall feel from a carbonation that's just right for this beer.
02-09-2012 17:01:05 | More by Brenden
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
500 ml bottle served cool into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance is a deep dark brown with redish highlights when held to the light. Clarity is good but the head is fantastic. Thick tight cap settles very slowly and leaves a perfect sheet of thin lace.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice toasted wheat and pleasant spice undertones.
The flavor is rich and roasty, more toasted than I expected, a little like a holiday-spiced porter. There is some chocolate and roasted nuts, caramel and toffee.
Mouthfeel is excellent. It's medium-plus in body and creamy smooth carbonation.
Overall a great winter warmer just like their stout.
12-16-2010 04:56:50 | More by GilGarp
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Tasty, drinkable bottle obtained recently from Premiere Gourmet. Pours reddish brown with spicey nose. Nicely integrated spiciness, though not thick mouthfeel, caramel makes it a breeze to drink. Reports in nicely with its a.b.v. you can still function. Satisfying aftertaste. A bit of ginger and cinammon.
05-31-2009 04:38:21 | More by Sammy
4.6/5 rDev +20.7%
Was very pleased to see this offering from my old local brewery back in England!
Pours chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Nice fruittyness, plus loads of bready notes & brown sugar
T: Rich malt sweetness, brown sugar & plummy fruit notes up front. I get more fruittyness & some spices (cinnamon mostly) as this warms. Finishes with chocolate, plus peppery & herbal hops
MF: Chewy, especially for the abv, great balance & minimal carbonation
Drinks really nice, shame this was about $6 a pint. One of the best winter beers I've had this year (so far)!
01-03-2008 16:11:07 | More by russpowell
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
1 pint, 9 fluid ounce narrow brown bottle. No apparent freshness dating.
Pours clear reddish-brown with a slim finger of head and light lacing. Smells of nutty toasted malts and gentle herbal hops. Flavor is more malt-forward. A base of toasted caramel malt develops nutty and doughy notes in the center and slightly bitter herbal hop and hard water tones in the finish. Faintly smoky aftertaste lingers. Body is creamy and medium-light, with only slight carbonation. Pleasant but not particularly noteworthy.
12-22-2007 05:36:59 | More by dgallina
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Pint+0.9. A pretty dark amber pour, limited white head arises. Very nice malty aroma, some caramel and rainin. Maltiness is not quite a prominent, there are some piney hops and spice that balance out the sweet malt. A little peaty, roast nut with some very limited red fruits. A little thin, but exteamly drinkable. Somewhat smokey or roast finish that lingers a bit. Not bad and quite sessionable if available in that capacity.
03-06-2009 04:19:09 | More by Bung
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Dark, brown, inviting. Two inch head that settles into a thin white line.
S: sweet dark and lovely, malty with something else, hazelnuts?
T: Sweet buttery toffe malts, sweet initally with a dry finish coaxing you back for another sip.
M: Silky smooth as Bryan Ferry.
D: Terrific, silky, buttery malty nutty goodness, all in a 5.5% package. It's much more than a Xmas enjoyment, I'll be sipping this all summer, found a supply for $3.99 a bottle on sale. One of my few repeat purchases.
05-18-2010 00:45:34 | More by CaptFrothy
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
550 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 5.5% ABV, no date. Brought over by my cousin. Very cool.
A - Clear dark brown with a foamy, off-white head. Great retention and chunky lacing on the way down too.
S - Grassy smelling hops on the nose with a light malty backbone of toasted, medium-brown-like malts. A bit of caramel in there too.
T - Smooth and mild toasted malts with a grassy hop finish. I wouldn't guess this to be a Christmas beer but it's a good English brew.
M - Creamy and smooth with a light body. A hint at dry bitterness towards the end too.
D - A very easy drinking beer that has decent flavor and drinkability. A typical English ale really. I don't get why it's Christmas, but it's decent nonetheless.
12-04-2009 02:33:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
$5.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in December, 2007, shortly beofre Christmas.
Pours a brown-ale looking medium brown, clear with ruby highlights. Minimal head and almost no carbonation.
Aromas of toasty malts, a light smokiness, and some herbs. Not sure what, but they are there. Flavor is moderatley rich and full biscuity malts with nutty and herbal notes- some garden leaves and stems baked right into the bread. Slight sweetness, quite pleasant. Full mouthfeel, decently drinkable, but not something I want more than one.
I like this English ale, but one is enough at a time.
12-22-2007 02:37:47 | More by Dukeofearl
3.2/5 rDev -16%
Appearance- The body is a clear, dark reddish-brown in color. No effervescence, and very little head. Looks like a flat Coke. What little head it had was a beige, slightly foamy head with absolutely no retention at all.
Aroma- Mostly malty with some caramelized sugar. Just enough bittering hops in the nose to let you know it's a beer.
Taste- Nice balance of maltiness, malt sweetness and bittering hops. Doesn't have the dark fruits and powerful esters you might expect from a strong ale, but pleasant all the same.
Mouthfeel-: A bit over-carbonated for the style. The body is light for the style, but it seems to work.
Drinkability- Not a great example of the style, but quite drinkable.
12-12-2007 06:42:52 | More by theopholis
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours out a real clear amber reddish dark brown hue with less than one finger of brown suds. Very little lacing but when you aggitate the glass it tends to accumulate small bubbles around the rim.
Smell is a malty raisin and plum skin with a slight aroma of alcohol and a very slight hop burn.
Taste is very caramel and malt with a sweet creaminess that lasts till the bitter takes over at the end. Drys the mouth out quite well.
Mouthfeel is a little dry but still nice.
Drinkability is just OK as this is a bit one sided on the sugary maltyness.
11-29-2009 20:22:32 | More by peabody
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-13-2007 19:35:26 | More by Gusler
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Just got in from fronting a Christmas Quiz for the local Medical Centre (my wife volunteers me each year to organise, prepare and conduct it). I am therefore ready to have a Christmas beer: too sink slowly and review at leasure.
The tall brown 500ml bottle was best before 28 Jan 2011, I opened it on 4 Dec 2010. Poured into a 'La Chouffe' tulip and a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice (because I fancied seeing what it looked like in different glasses).
Lovely ruby red body, dark and clear, with a full tan coloured foaming head.
The smells were of roasted/toasted/burnt malts and thick semi-sweet molasses, nutty brown bread sort of thing too.
The taste is all malts, drying as the mouth gets used to the flavours, the hops giving a bitter feel from the initial sip to the end of the tasting. Strangely however the beer ends up sweeter in the mouthfeel than it did when first sampled.
I was expecting/hopeful of, a rich and creamy Winter Warmer, reminding me of Chritmas's past: roaring fires, smoking jackets, cigars and my childhood. Sadly, it didn't produce those sort of memories.
An OK beer, lacked that X Factor which I hoped for.
12-04-2010 23:53:04 | More by BlackHaddock
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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