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Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by rjimlad:
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rjimlad

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right up my alley, this one, so a little biased. Nice deep, dark red tan colour with thick head and some lacing on a pint handle. Aroma is a little fruitcake and roast. I'm olfactorily challenged so aroma scores are a bit sketchy. Flavour is roasted malt with plum and fruitcake as you'd expect. Good bitterness on the back palate so I didn't find it cloying at all. Boozy? according to Doktorhop. I guess it is a little but the flavour is big enough to pull it off. A bit chewy at the end but that's just lip-smackin' style and I found that all in all this is a really pleasant ale and I would like some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 07:41:22 | More by rjimlad
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endless1408

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is almost like a nut brown ale but a brown ale but also like a light dark beer. Its like trying to understand a beer after 8 tequila shots and 10 previous beers,

Simple poor with a fading head. Colour is see through but still dark

Instant coffee and chocolate waft. some freshly ground bean and crisp toffee

Coffee and chocolate are the dominant but nice features. Some dribbles on vanilla and young bean.

Simple but refreshing mouth feel. A nice lighter styled dark/brown beer with enjoyable features

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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KrisBeerndt

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-06-2014 08:06:21 | More by KrisBeerndt
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Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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mungus

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-28-2013 18:04:36 | More by Kirk
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

nothing about this beer says holidays to me, or English strong ale for that matter. more of an dark English mild, save for the still modest alcohol by volume. dark nut brown color, half inch of lazy tan head that's relatively stagnant, doesn't go anywhere. the nose is sweet and earthy English malts, chocolate malt, and a sweetness I don't all the way like. lots of stale smelling ale yeast too, give it a funny metallic ting. I don't dislike the flavor, which is all grin forward, dark but not unmalted roast barley dark. not as sweet as it smells either, which I appreciate. no holiday spice at all, somewhat of a letdown in a beer that's not particularly flavorful. it reminds me of a lower quality sam smiths product from a yeast standpoint, which some may love, but I don't favor. it lacks the properties that make a holiday beer special for me. rich and robust in body though, which helps a lot, and only gently carbonated, giving it the appearance of a much bigger ale. nothing special here overall in my eyes.

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12-11-2013 17:04:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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leitmotif

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-03-2013 19:58:27 | More by Ciocanelu
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Finite

Australia

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with amber highlights. In the light the beer is clear and red like freshly oiled mahogany. The head forms late in the glass and is a crisp off white foamy head but didn't form the quite the height I was expecting for a beer with this power. Lacing is present on the glass during consumption. Visible carbonation is low.

S - Dark toffee with prominent yet not every whelming alcohol phenolics. Heavily malted. Some sutble hop aroma, almost exclusively fruity.

T - Rich toffy-like malt profile. Medium to high sweetness with a good floral hop balance on the medium to low side. The taste certainly reflects the aroma. Finish is medium to dry, a lingering wetness and sweetness before a very late hop drying takes over.

M - Medium to full bodied. Stronger than I anticipated yet wonderfully moorish. Carbonation is medium to low and supportive of above mentioned characteristics.

O - A terrific beer. Ticks near all the boxes required for this class. A full flavored sweet yet well balanced strong English brown ale which packs a punch. A delightful beer and one of my favourites from England yet. Much credit and respect to the brewing team at Hook Norton.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 06:02:51 | More by Finite
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Norway

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-24-2013 16:47:03 | More by Florya
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Romania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-08-2013 16:55:36 | More by dcmchew
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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vinicole

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Rwalford74

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml brown bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. Shared with Rich on the 2013 Australian election evening.

Pours a solid ruby-tinged brown: quite clear, but with a true depth of colour. Head forms a solid cushion of beige, settling to a slightly pocked but still solid film. Streaky lace forms in fine patterns. Carbonation is quite fine and the body is full. Looks good.

Nose is slightly toasty, but with sweeter nuttier tones than you'd get in a stout or a porter. Slight butteriness comes through, and a solidly sweet English base malt character. There's a faint sharpness to it, perhaps a touch of phenolics, a touch of metal or even a suggestion of acidity. It's not bad though all up. Quite pleasant.

Taste is smooth and light for the most part, with a firm, clean entry that immediately imparts some nuttiness and a rounded if slightly insipid sweetness. This disappears quickly though, leaving the beer feeling slightly weaker and emptier than it should be. On the back, the sweetness sits around rather flatly, not doing much and providing a rather dull finish that doesn't go anywhere. It's fine enough for an English ale, but it doesn't have the structure which would make it really shine.

Feel is smooth enough, but the insipidness towards the back means it feels weaker than some of the better examples.

Overall, it's fine, but really not that exciting. When an English ale like this is good, it can really be phenomenal. This one is not that, however—it feels like a by-the-numbers brown, perhaps with a little more weight behind it than you'd usually get, but missing the edge that would make it something special.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 07:31:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ADZA

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours just like kola beer with a one finger head that slowly settles to a rim of lacing and leggy lacing everywhere,the smell is dried fruits,raisins,booze and cotton candy,the mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are pretty much just like any other dark English ale without the booze its basically toffee,dried fruits,raisins and finished with a herbal earthy bitterness,overall if you havnt tried it you ain't missing much cheers.

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09-01-2013 11:26:04 | More by ADZA
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

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