Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours deep chestnut brown with a thin head that eventually becomes a lasting, swirling patch.
The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of chocolate and dark cherry fruitiness. Roasted nuts mixes in.
The taste is malty - caramel/toffee, some chocolate. A balancing subtle, fruity bitter presence takes some edge off sweetness while keeping maltiness in the forefront. Fruitiness is of dark cherries with some pear. Roasted chestnuts suggested by nuttiness. A balanced sweetness finishes it off.
Medium-to full-bodied with a creamy touch.
A tasty, very drinkable, smooth, malt-accented with a nice, spicy hop touch, English ale.
01-13-2008 20:53:59 | More by jwc215
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-07-2008 22:46:27 | More by smcolw
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
3.45/5 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
3.34/5 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
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 28/03/08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: dark reddish-brown in colour, topped with a well-lasting, beige-hued, scottish-pancake-like foamy head; carbonation is constant but mild.
S: mixed aroma of sticky caramelised sugar, sour-bitter nuts, (Bramling-Cross like) apply fruitiness, overripe sour-sweet berry fruits, and a light touch of citric sourness as of Goldings hops. Malty as well as autumny fruity, just what a premium bitter should be like, IMO.
T: bitter-sweet brown tea and caramelised dates lead towards an intensifying flow of tea-leafy bitterness and a lovely roastnutty+autumny fruity+raisiny flavour that both linger in the bitter-sweet finish with a very sound tart edge. The sour edge is esp. crucial for the overall balance.
M&D: softly-carbonated for a bottled ale, and the body is just medium for its alc. strength. Overall this is a quality nut-malty as well as fruity premium bitter, and the ideal body and balanced flavour make it a more-ish pint to enjoy.
09-22-2007 19:28:25 | More by wl0307
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours chestnut with a thin head that fades to a ring. Caramel aromas as well as a nuttiness, and slightly spicy. Tastes of hazlenuts and cream with a slight sweetness. Round and mild.Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. This is a very mild Christmas brew, but a nice change of pace.
01-05-2008 23:10:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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
3.43/5 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
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
A 500 ml bottle purcahsed from the Pizza Port bottle Shop. It isn't too late for a Christmas beer, is it? On to the beer:
Despite a small head, this beer leaves lots of stringly lacing around the glass at it descends down. It's got a dark ruby brown color with red hues. A great first impression. And the impression leaks into the aroma, which is also great. There's soft English yeast, pudding, semi-sweet chocolate, butterscotch, and raisins.
Two senses have been overwhelmed in joy, and now tastes gets to experience the same. This is simply delicious. The flavors tootsie rools, powdery chocolate, complimentary sweet doughy yeast, raisins, and nuts form a complete beer that's not too sweet. The body is medium with a little buzz of carbonationn, and it has a little chew to it. Another sense in delight.
I came in with moderate expectations, and they were blown off the hinges. This is one of the better English beers that I've had in a long, long time.
01-31-2012 01:45:41 | More by DoubleJ
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Poured into a Squatters true pint glass, and it still was left short of a true pint, nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a good dose of toffee/caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some vanilla, toffee/caramel, a slight nutty note. Medium body, a nice smooth/creamy brew. Drinkable, a nice one.
12-27-2009 20:44:44 | More by Wasatch
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
3.93/5 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
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured from a unique-looking bottle into a pint glass. The beer was dark brown, clear, with a thin head. The aroma was mostly toasted malt, biscuity and nutty. Same with the flavor, toasted and burnt malts and a hint of some light fruits. The beer was full-bodied and filling, nicely complex but not really my style.
12-18-2007 02:20:00 | More by TurdFurgison
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
3.6/5 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
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
This pours a clear amber brown with a 1 finger head of foam.
The smell is big sweet malty tones with a touch of some nuttiness. I like.
The taste is chock full of caramel malt sweetness with a nice touch of some nutty tones and chocolate that seems to grow with every sip. Yum. Now tasting some toffee and some very light hoppiness that kind of shines near the finish. Oh my, this is a tasty son of a gun.
Medium bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation, the last taste I can sense in the finish is chocolate.
Drinkability? Low in the abv for an English Strong Ale, high when it comes to taste, this is a really delicious example of the style. I wish I had bought more than 1 bottle!!
It seems Hook Norton can do no wrong in my book and..I got this pint bottle on sale for US$2.99!!
The regular price of US$4.99 would be money well spent!
05-10-2009 20:20:50 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev +5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright ruby color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A nice malty aroma, with some nuttiness about it.
T: Tasted of malt more than anything, with nutty hints, as well as a bit of caramel. Like many British beers, this one has a somewhat subdued flavor, but it's still pretty decent.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: On the whole, a solid, drinkable beer.
12-09-2010 14:29:44 | More by avalon07
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a deep amber/ brown-ish color with a small tan head. In the aroma, small roastiness, nutty, and small citrus like hops. In the taste, sweet roastiness, dry nuttiness, citrus like hops but not too bitter. A faint bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry piney/ citrus hops in the aftertaste. A step above from a standard English warmer with nice hop presence, quite nice.
12-09-2008 14:28:34 | More by OWSLEY069
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
Aroma is strong and richly malty with a strong overtone of brown sugar. It pours a clear dark brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, off-white head that stays around. Flavor is malty with ribbons of brown sugar or molasses and smoky and nutty hints. Aftertaste is rather sweet but not cloying; there is just a whisper of hop bitterness. A delightful ale.
02-29-2008 03:17:43 | More by Cyberkedi
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
3.45/5 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
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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