Twelve Days - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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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
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
4.03/5 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
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
4/5 rDev +5%
500 ml bottle. Body is a dark mahogany with ruby highlights. Medium tan head retains well and leaves some sheet lacing on the glass.
Aroma is mostly malty, with a lot of nuttiness going on. Hints of cocoa and roasted coffee are also prominent. Herbal and spicy hints and some vague fruit add depth.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Body is medium, barely. Low medium carbonation.
Taste is dominated by a roasty and bitter maltiness. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, herbal hops, and a hint of red apple add interest. A hint of spices, pine nuts or ginger, perhaps, elevate this above a brown ale base. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Not your typical Christmas Ale. Not very Christmassy at all, really, but enjoyable.
01-17-2010 00:16:12 | More by merlin48
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
3.8/5 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
4/5 rDev +5%
1 pint. 9 oz festive brown bottle purchased at Trader Joes. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a dark brown with some garnet highlights. There is a thickish brown head.
It has an aroma of brown bread, some caramel and a touch of tea.
The malts are dominate here. The beer is slightly sweet with grains, a bit of raisins, a trace of nuts and some brown sugar. The hops are more prevalent mid-glass and add a tea and spice quality. I think the tastes are well integrated.
The mouth is smooth with low carbonation. This is a pretty easy drinker and a Winter beer at 5.5% is always appreciated for sessions.
My first beer from this brewery and it wont be the last. I would love to visit Oxfordshire to see the source.
02-19-2011 14:03:12 | More by Redrover
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
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
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...
Poured a deep dark red / black colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer... decent amount of sticky lacing..
Aroma - Pretty strong dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, quite nutty, sweet caramel, decent vinous fruitiness (black grapes, dates, plums), earthy, roasted malts, some peppery hops, vanilla...
Taste - Again dark chocolate mixed with dark fruits (plums, dates), light spices (ginger and nutmeg), some fresh vanilla, toffee, some coffee bitterness, quite nutty, light metallic notes in the background, some liquorice...
Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... light / medium bodied... Pretty drinkable at only 5.5%...
Overall - A very nice (and quite festive) brew... recommended...
04-27-2010 08:21:40 | More by mdagnew
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
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
pours out of the stately half litre bottle a clear but very dark mahoghany colour. thin tannish head which sticks around awhile...leaving some sparse lace. sweet brown sugar aroma, some fruit and woody notes...pretty nice. boozy wooden accents, brown sugar and molasses, dark rum, some cherries and dark chocolate, a bit of x-mas spice and a good dose of flowery hops. complex for sure...all perceived nuances are subtle yet sturdy. this is a dry beer...lip puckering in fact. i like it. a nice bodied english ale with a mouthfeel kept on guard by the dryness of the profile. drinkability is great...it's only 5.5% ABV but seems a lot boozier due to the liquor like flavours imparted.
english ales are hard to judge due to the subtle and modest qualities of the flavour profiles, but this strong ale has enough to keep the drinker interested yet invoke a sense of sessionability.
a nice meat and cheese platter would be a perfect pairing for this english x-mas ale.
12-08-2007 01:31:40 | More by budgood1
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
500 ml bottle served cool into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance is a deep dark brown with redish highlights when held to the light. Clarity is good but the head is fantastic. Thick tight cap settles very slowly and leaves a perfect sheet of thin lace.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice toasted wheat and pleasant spice undertones.
The flavor is rich and roasty, more toasted than I expected, a little like a holiday-spiced porter. There is some chocolate and roasted nuts, caramel and toffee.
Mouthfeel is excellent. It's medium-plus in body and creamy smooth carbonation.
Overall a great winter warmer just like their stout.
12-16-2010 04:56:50 | More by GilGarp
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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