Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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2.93/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
09-01-2013 11:26:04 | More by ADZA
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -19.9%
A: Dark cola brown with a small head that recedes in a few moments, leaving but a faint trace of lacing.
S: The aroma is earthy, fruity, malty.
T: The beer is sweet and fruity, with notes of pears, apples, raisins, malt, toast, toffee, and alcohol. As I make my way through the glass, the sweetness becomes overwhelming. A few ounces was plenty.
M: Medium-thin in body with a fairly low level of carbonation.
D: Not something I would repeat. It was fun for a while, but this beer becomes quite cloying after just a small glass.
12-26-2010 03:55:05 | More by Huhzubendah
3.08/5 rDev -19.2%
Poured 16.9oz of this brew into a stemmed tulip. It has a ruby red body and the head was a medium tan. Head falls to a skim layer on top and its loose.
The aroma doesn't jump out at ya. Very subtle nose on this. Roasted malts and a touch of dark fruits come to the surface. Carbonation is laid back. Some astringency and watered towards the middle and then drys up ok in the finish. Not much spice or much of anything to write home about. Tobacco aftertaste. Its a rather boring ale.
Notes: I wouldn't classify this as approachable even with its laid back style. It has some issues with the bitter side that doesn't translate well on the palate. Malt bill is the best part of this and would make it worthy if they can figure out the other side. Pass.
01-18-2008 02:10:25 | More by DogFood11
3.08/5 rDev -19.2%
A strong porter - chesnuts, caramel, woodsmoke, dried fruit like raisins, fits in perfectly with the holidays as a warming, thick brew -I'm not much of a porter lover, but this was quite drinkable. Bottle tasted only. Color is bread crust brown, texture is very smooth
09-20-2007 19:48:54 | More by dalri
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
Served from bottle into tulip glasses. Writing based on 2-week-old notes.
A: Dark brown, fluffy head. So far, so good.
S: Toffee, caramel. Not too interesting.
T: Burned caramel. Very toasty, to the point of bitterness, but balanced by sweetness. Leather, prunes.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
O: It's alright for a UK beer, but not spectacular.
04-29-2012 03:48:29 | More by shleepy
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
3.2/5 rDev -16%
BB Nov 12
Pours dark brown. Fluffy dirty-off-white head crackles and bubbles. Spotty lace.
Malt driven aromas. Moderate. More figs dates prunes than toffees and caramels.
Taste is much more roast malt driven. Almost burnt malt / toast. Didn't see that one coming. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel medium bodied, low carbonation.
Overall, a bit one dimensional, and dry. Add 0.5 for the Aus price point.
06-24-2012 08:49:13 | More by heygeebee
3.24/5 rDev -15%
A - Pours a darkish mahogany colour with an tanned head that retains fairly well
S - nutty aromas with some dark sweet malts and a hint of chocolate
T - Roasted malt, nutty , earthy flavours with a a hint of coffee and dark chocolate coffee together a little bitterness at the finish
M - medium bodied and medium carbonation
O - Promised alot at first with pleasant aromas upfront. I was slightly disappointed with the taste which lacks a little intensity and complex flavours to that of a good dark ale. But nonetheless very drinkable on a cold winters evening.
05-03-2013 09:39:54 | More by PolarBear3
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
The beer poured out as a nice brownish red color with a tan head. The head sinks down to a thin white film that lays over the top of the beer. This beer Wasn't really a holiday beer to me, I suppose there were some spices in it but it wasn't very pronounced. This brew get a little better tasting once it warms up a bit. This beer might be ideal having it from a cask.
04-04-2011 03:20:03 | More by Knapp85
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
A: Big, 4 finger brown head on a dark black/brown beer. Lots of bubbles in this one and alright lace. Seems a little weak.
S: Roasted, carmelized nuts, a lot of peanut in particular. No hops, no spices, and nothing to strong.
T: Again, slightly nutty, but I get a slight burnt grain, though it's very hidden. More nuttyness, though in the taste it seems more walnut than peanut. Still no hops, and less sweet than I had hoped from the smell. This just doesn't fit a style for me. Not the flavor of a winter warmer, somewhere awkward between a brown and a strong ale.
M: Too light for an x-mas beer by a hair.
D: It's drinkable, but not in the good way.
01-30-2010 04:33:32 | More by mdwalsh
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
The colour is deep brown; the finger thick head is pale brown and firm. Some lacing occurs.
The smell is generous and very malty with roasted notes (nuts, chocolate). Some dry notes of dried fruits, dark bread and caramel.
The taste is powerful with roasted notes of nuts and black coffee. Very dry notes with bitter hints, some rye bread, dried apricots and green apples. The body is quite weak. The aftertaste is dominated by dry roasted flavours too; coffee, earthy fruity malts and a hint of dark chocolate and toffee. The finish is fresh with a somewhat metallic bitterness.
The carbonation is mild; the bubbles very small. The liquid is smooth.
Some more body and a little less metal in the aftertaste, this would be a very fine winter ale.
12-13-2008 19:51:04 | More by bark
3.34/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
09-07-2013 07:31:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.41/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
12-11-2013 17:04:53 | More by StonedTrippin
3.43/5 rDev -10%
Aromas are primarily earthy with brown maltiness. Mild spiciness as it warms. Nothing too mind-blowing or inviting here.
The taste begins fairly muted as well Brown maltiness with some slight hop character (spice and earthiness again). As it warms you get a little nuttiness and mild fruitness from the English yeast strain. Lesser notes of toffee and cocoa as it further comes to room temperature.
The mouthfeel works well for the style and matches what you would expect for this ABV level. It's impressively smooth and has just enough substance to lend a light creaminess to the proceedings. Carbonation is average as well.
Overall this is an average offering but it lacks the depth and complexity for the Strong Ale category and the foreign pricepoint/small bottle size also detracts from needing to revisit this anytime soon.
05-31-2011 14:16:58 | More by claspada
3.43/5 rDev -10%
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Opaque mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty/roasted coffee. Slight bitterness at finish. $6.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
Labeled as a Christmas ale.
01-08-2009 23:59:04 | More by jdhilt
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Two finger frothy off-white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.
Slightly toasty sweet malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel and rye as well as a prominent hazelnut character and very subtle earthy hops.
Slightly toasty medium body with a lot of silky chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, roasted coffee and burnt toast. There's a nice balance of sweet chocolate and deep roasted flavor that somewhat dominates the palate. Slightly bitter with a subtle lactic creaminess. With all of the dark roasted malts the body is still slightly thin and the nut profile and roasted bitter notes are a bit much. I wish the sweetness was a little more prominent creating more balance. Pretty complex for a British brown ale but still kind of underwhelming.
12-15-2009 07:32:19 | More by corby112
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
Clear mahogany colour with a small, smooth, light tan head. Fair head retention.
Lovely dark fruity esters. Some toffee and almost chocolate. Raisins. Nicely balanced.
Moderately sweet but not overly so. Decent malt character and nice dried fruit. Some light bitterness but it doesn't dominate. Good.
Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.
A decent English Ale. Full of flavour but not overly complex. Good.
10-31-2012 07:11:17 | More by dgilks
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
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Clear, deep red-brown pour with quickly fading head and nice lacing. The nose is very malty with hints of hazelnut, vanilla, figs, and caramel. The taste is much the same but more of a roasty, almost burnt chocolate comes out as it warms. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability but nothing special. A little disappointing.
07-23-2010 01:41:54 | More by beerdrifter
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.