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Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Rwalford74, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of ADZA
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

ADZA, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +4.7%

magpieken, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KalanM, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a mahogany color with a good head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, nuts with bit of dark fruit in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some nuts and dark fruit. Mild bitterness and dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very nicely balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Well worth checking out.

soju6, May 31, 2013
Photo of Dentist666
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown beer with tan head. Good foam retention. Nice smell: dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts. Decent taste, close to porters, roasted malts in the front, some fruity roundness, rather warming with evident hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied, balanced and full-flavoured ESA.

Dentist666, May 19, 2013
Photo of PolarBear3
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PolarBear3, May 03, 2013
Photo of Seaba
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.

Chestnut with ample tan froth.
Nut, earth, roast, and toast nose.
Dark toast, buttered rum, dates, and some woody hops. Goes treacly as it warms.
Chocolate bark finish and astringent linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Definite zing of acidic black malts that's throwing off the usual sweetness from a dark winter ale. IBUs seems a bit bigger than I'd expect. Just too sharp for a winter warmer.

Rare dud for HN.

StJamesGate, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jniagar1
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jniagar1, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

dgilks, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of cammo84
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

cammo84, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of egoinski
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

egoinski, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of rjimlad
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

rjimlad, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of chel29
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

chel29, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last out of the three bottles we get in Oz. It's been sitting in the fridge since I reviewed the other ones and after taunting me for a couple weeks I've finally succumbed to reviewing it.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A delicious clear smokey topaz body with a 0.5cm fawn head.

S: Chocolate with hints of figs, prunes, raisins. There is a slight toasted malt base and whiffs of yeast in the background. Expecting a big fruit cake taste.

T: Quite heady in the flavour department, this is good, the expected fruit cake flavours are there in the chocolate, figs, prunes and raisins. Then there is a boozy sherry knock in the middle - this is like the fruit cake your grandma made while drinking sherry ala "one for me, one for you" style. The nuttiness mentioned on the bottle is a back note and the yeast adds nice bread characters. This is actually an exceptional balance.

M: Slightly heavy body with light carbonation.

D: Very impressed with this one, clearly the best out of the three Hook Norton brews I tried (others being 'Old Hooky' and 'Haymaker'). The slightly cloying alcohol note in the middle betrays it a little (sort of flavour you would expect in a much higher ABV brew), but doesn't hold back the overall flavour too much. "Grandma's Boozy Sherry Fruit Cake" would have been an apt name for this.

Food match: The bottle states 'cheese platter' and I don't disagree. Other than that a nice game bird roast would work well - Jamie Oliver's "Roast of incredible game birds with proper polenta" is a great place to start.

doktorhops, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: solid 500mL brown bottle, stylish country label.

Appearance: dark colouring with a decent, thick off-white head. Decent looking.

Aroma: not hugely strong, per the style. What's there is sweet malts and dark dry fruits. Very nice.

Taste: a combination of flavours - sweet toffee malts, dry earth and nut malts, and some hops bitterness.

Aftertaste: the bitterness lingers for a while, but other than that there isn't much in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with low-to-medium carbonation. The carbonation carries the flavour across nicely.

Overall: an interesting English Ale with a reasonably restrained flavour. The flavours that do come through, however, are well considered and bounce off each other nicely.

SmashPants, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

pin, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

heygeebee, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of shleepy
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

shleepy, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of HopHeadMerlin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

HopHeadMerlin, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DoubleJ, Jan 31, 2012
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.