Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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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
4/5 rDev +5%
a: nice dark brown/mahogany with some minor maroon highlights; 1/4 inch of creamy beige head that fades but leaves a covering on the top
s: chocolate, biscuit; light hay in the back; light nuttiness; sort of a little like ovaltine actually
t: chocolate; dry grain; a little watery-mild; very light coffee; light nuttiness; some abv; sort of smokiness; very interesting
m: creamy and smooth; very mild carb and very english
d: a good brew with some interesting tastes but could definitely be a bit more festive
12-26-2009 04:56:04 | More by hoegaardenhero
3.85/5 rDev +1%
A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger tan head that was very bubbly.
S - It smelled of chocolate notes and roasted malt. Some floral/grassy notes.
T - It tasted very roasty with a good malty flavor. It was earthy with mild chocolate flavors.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This was a pretty tasty christmas ale. It isn't very strong (as it's classfied), but it is very good and easy drinking.
12-19-2009 04:14:58 | More by zeff80
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
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear, humble brown body with some amber-tinted hues around the edges and topped with a frothy, lasting, light beige head.
Smell: Why, it smells of toasted bread and toasted nuts, it does. Slighter, lesser notes of powderized chocolate and dark fruits.
Taste: Toasty, nutty brown maltiness with lightly sweet hints of brown sugar and cocoa powder. Though agreeable, the various flavors remain mild, though that nutty kick lasts from start to finish for me. Small amount of dark fruitiness. Earthy, herbaceous hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes nicely dry, smooth, and with that lingering nuttiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: It's fairly decent and delightfully nutty, like many of my ex-girlfriends. While nothing beyond the label and name inspires any Christmastime imagery, it is a decent, well-balanced ale regardless of season.
12-14-2009 19:10:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
A good English-style ale with a lot of malt flavor for its size. Twelve Days pours a deep ruby with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is mostly caramel malt with some earthy tones. There's probably a touch of English hops in there but it's light. It's somewhere between a bock and a good English brown ale. The flavor is relatively sweet but nowhere near cloying. I can see what they're getting at with the "nutty" descriptor, but it's more earth to my palate. The mouthfeel gets pretty thin as I drain the glass. I imagine it's a lot better from a cask.
12-11-2009 05:08:55 | More by popery
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
3.6/5 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
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours out a real clear amber reddish dark brown hue with less than one finger of brown suds. Very little lacing but when you aggitate the glass it tends to accumulate small bubbles around the rim.
Smell is a malty raisin and plum skin with a slight aroma of alcohol and a very slight hop burn.
Taste is very caramel and malt with a sweet creaminess that lasts till the bitter takes over at the end. Drys the mouth out quite well.
Mouthfeel is a little dry but still nice.
Drinkability is just OK as this is a bit one sided on the sugary maltyness.
11-29-2009 20:22:32 | More by peabody
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Tasty, drinkable bottle obtained recently from Premiere Gourmet. Pours reddish brown with spicey nose. Nicely integrated spiciness, though not thick mouthfeel, caramel makes it a breeze to drink. Reports in nicely with its a.b.v. you can still function. Satisfying aftertaste. A bit of ginger and cinammon.
05-31-2009 04:38:21 | More by Sammy
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
4.4/5 rDev +15.5%
I've had this bottle sitting in my cellar since middle of last year. After reading some of the other reviews I was expecting this to be lacking in body and flavour, but I was surprised. Maybe this needs to age? Overall, great malt, nice but not overwhelming fruity hops (I'm not big on super-hopped stuff) and a great full flavour. Typically I'm drinking stuff in the higher alcohol range so I wasn't expecting as solid a beer in an ale that's (only) 5.5%.
04-28-2009 04:14:55 | More by aeroguy
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Pint+0.9. A pretty dark amber pour, limited white head arises. Very nice malty aroma, some caramel and rainin. Maltiness is not quite a prominent, there are some piney hops and spice that balance out the sweet malt. A little peaty, roast nut with some very limited red fruits. A little thin, but exteamly drinkable. Somewhat smokey or roast finish that lingers a bit. Not bad and quite sessionable if available in that capacity.
03-06-2009 04:19:09 | More by Bung
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
This was a Christmas leftover at the Brickskellar in Washington.
Pours a nice deep amber with light carbonation and a fleeting head.
The bouquet had nice sweet malt, allspice, walnuts and a hint of cinnamon.
The malts were pleasant on the tongue as the sweetness complimented the nutty undertones. Nice smooth, clean finish leaving a warming aftertaste.
This is, like most english beers, a medium bodied beer that is smooth on the palate and easy to drink. This is a friendly drinkable ale that should make any holiday festival a bit more jolly.
02-27-2009 22:50:12 | More by garcia2a
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.
A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Pours with a large buff head - almost moussy. Dissipates slowly. Opaque. Sticky lacing.
S: As the label says a nutty malty sweet aroma wafts out of the glass. Faint dark fruity esters noticeable. Some cola.
T: Predominantly nutty malt flavor. There is a nice pronounced bitterness that works well with the sweet malt.
MF: Moderate mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.
D, notes: I would not define this as a strong ale...maybe a kicked up brown. Still good though.
02-19-2009 00:48:39 | More by Nipitato
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Brown to very deep red in colour with a strong beige head and a good amount of lace.
The smell is very malty in a rather roasted and dryish fashion, accompanied by some big fruity overtones, a delicate touch of refreshing (somewhat minty) hops and a soft whiff of alcohol. A smell that is quite powerful and saturated.
The taste starts of bittersweet with a strong hoppy note and some sour fruitiness. It then very slowly becomes predominantly bitter and roasted, ending very porter-like, with the slightest bit of fruitiness remaining in the background. This beer goes through a major development taste-wise and has a long-lasting aftertaste.
Carbonation is about medium (bordering on soft) and so is the body.
A bold beer this is, 'dark and strong'as the label states.
02-08-2009 21:11:20 | More by TKempe
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Some lacing.
S: Dark bread, Roasted malt, Dried fruit (pear!), Chocolate.
T: Roasted malts, Coffee, Chocolate, Nuts, Fruit, Dark caramel.
M: Quite heavy on the roasted side with some pleasant bitterness at the end. Body is somewhat thin. Carbonation is just the way i like it (medium).
Very drinkable english-style beer. Might need to buy this again if i can get my hands on it.
01-21-2009 19:28:15 | More by baggio
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 rDev +5%
Bottle from River's Bend.
Pours a hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Good drinkable beer.
12-19-2008 13:49:38 | More by tmoneyba
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
3.5/5 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
4.15/5 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
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Nice chestnut brown color. No real carbonation to speak of. Malty enough aroma with a somewhat spicy tinge to it-hard to pin down exaclty what you are smelling. Somewhat cinnamon/orange like. Solid malt flavor-rather earthy and nutty. Again a faint spice flavor though nothing stands out. Decent body-rather dry in the finish. A decent effort for sure. Gotta love how the Brits pack a lot of flavor in a lower abv.
11-14-2008 01:23:31 | More by lackenhauser
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
A- Reddish brown beer with an off-white head. Carbonation appears light.
S- Sweet caramelly malt; some dried fruit aroma.
T- Roasted malt, a bit of coffee bitterness; nice flavor, but lack the expected richness in a strong ale
MF- Smooth feel, with light carbonation
D- Good beer; a bit lighter than expected, but would be good when I want an English Strong Ale with a lower abv.
10-24-2008 03:23:36 | More by tangentrider
4/5 rDev +5%
Burnt orange with reddish bronze undertones when backlit with sunshine. The sandstone colored crown is a good match for the beer. It's firmly creamy to start, melts in appealing fashion, and is beginning to deposit a thick band of BB-shot lace just above the nonic bulge.
The aroma is primarily earthy and brown malty. I detect no added herbs or spices. It's darker than a bock and lighter than a brown, with olfactory characteristics of each. Not bad, but I'm not in a holiday mood yet.
Twelve Days is on the subtle side. That isn't surprising given what's considered strong ale in this country in 2008. My palate hasn't been completely recalibrated, though, because I like what I'm tasting. After nothing but 3.5% bitters all year long, I'd probably consider this some pretty substantial beer. And it is, in it's own way.
Since it's tough to pick a style that this offering most closely resembles, let's stick with nut brown ale. The 'English Christmas Ale' seen on the label works as well. The malt isn't quite as dark as most browns, but the beer is pleasingly pecan nutty and delivers plenty of medium-dark fruit.
Specifics include lightly toasted brown bread, English toffee, cocoa powder, unsweet figs, a dash of vanilla and a handful of shredded hop leaves. Sweet is easily countered by tea leafy bitter, especially on the surprisingly tight, drying finish. A faint spiciness must be hop-related. This stuff is proving to be nicely drinkable.
The mouthfeel, while far from massive, works in concert with the beer's other attributes. It's impressively smooth and has just enough substance to lend a featherlight creaminess to the proceedings. Drinking it on cask... in Oxfordshire... in winter... must be a near religious experience.
Twelve Days English Christmas Ale is both delicious and highly drinkable. Bombastic Big Beer is all well and good, but restraint is sometimes the way to go. For what it's worth, I've had this bottle for more than a year and it has held up beautifully. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good nap.
07-16-2008 13:25:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.