Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-31-2013 03:51:35 | More by soju6
4.19/5 rDev +10%
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.
05-19-2013 10:32:23 | More by Dentist666
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
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-25-2013 13:07:31 | More by StJamesGate
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
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-08-2012 07:41:22 | More by rjimlad
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
07-28-2012 09:55:30 | More by doktorhops
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
07-27-2012 01:41:29 | More by SmashPants
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
3.1/5 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
3.93/5 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
4.5/5 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
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
4.4/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.
Deep, deep brown which appears black until backlit. Thin creamy sandstone head which leaves magnificent lacing.
Aroma of baked brown bread spread with Nutella.
Mouthfeel: slippery and smooth
Taste: Rich, dark bread like pumpernickel but without rye. A distinct cocoa flavor which is distinctly cocoa and not chocolate and a slight English Hop bitterness on the fade.
Notes: Magnificent! Tasty! A Brown Ale with richness and malty goodness.
12-28-2011 02:49:57 | More by fx20736
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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