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
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours lighter brown with near-white head that thins out quickly.
Nose is soft, light baked goods spices and faint chocolate.
Palate - some maple, roasted malt, light chocolate, and a hop dryness at the end to round it out. Very light in character overall. Nothing leaps out.
Easily a session beer as it is somewhat thin bodied and lighter in flavors.
12-07-2007 06:30:07 | More by yemenmocha
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Dark copper with a decent, if somewhat porous white head. Earthy malts, raisin, hints of spice and christmas pudding. Nice earthy malts, light buttery character, raisin and even a bit of brandy. Quite pleasant, but a little rough on the finish. At first, this is a little too carbonated, but it eases off as the beer breathes. Good dessert beer, but a bit rough and high in alcohol to be a true session ale.
11-08-2011 19:21:42 | More by BDTyre
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
3.65/5 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
3.2/5 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
5/5 rDev +31.2%
One reviewer referred to this as a "porter" and if we can use that in the historical sense -- an opportunistic blend of pub ales, some dark, some pale, some roasty, some (slightly) hoppy -- then that works for me. Apparently 5.5% is considered "strong" by brewery.
I wonder to what degree the apparent perfection of this beer depends on its freshness. (It just arrived from England by way of normal state distribution.) The aromas of this reddish brown liquid are an alluring mixture of caramel malts, vanilla, cream, butter, baked red apples, red currants, sweet strawberries, brown bread crust, mashed hazelnuts and almonds, coffee and straw. Voluptuous creamy texture with a biscuity crumb lifts the bread and fruit flavors until they meet with oozing bitter tannins. The resolution is bright and fresh, bittersweet, and fascinating. Irresistable texture and organization. Astonishing drinkability.
12-11-2007 19:18:01 | More by putnam
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
$5.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in December, 2007, shortly beofre Christmas.
Pours a brown-ale looking medium brown, clear with ruby highlights. Minimal head and almost no carbonation.
Aromas of toasty malts, a light smokiness, and some herbs. Not sure what, but they are there. Flavor is moderatley rich and full biscuity malts with nutty and herbal notes- some garden leaves and stems baked right into the bread. Slight sweetness, quite pleasant. Full mouthfeel, decently drinkable, but not something I want more than one.
I like this English ale, but one is enough at a time.
12-22-2007 02:37:47 | More by Dukeofearl
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Given as a gift for completing my Master's degree. Thanks Eric!
A: dark copper, brown color with nice small-bubbled head
S: a bit mild, but very good roasted (almost burnt) malt overtones
T: well-balanced with a dominant malt presence, roasty, toasty, and a good drinker
M: great mouthfeel, well-balanced and smooth
D: very drinkable
One additional note. I really like the bottle design with the label and back panel description of the brewery. Extra kudos.
01-14-2010 01:31:21 | More by wisrarebeer
4/5 rDev +5%
Dark chestnut amber with a pock marked sand colored head that lasts awhile and sticks to the glass. This beer smells of roasted malt, cocoa powder and black licorice with mild minty hops. Roasty dark chocolate and toasted nuts with cocoa and herbal hop notes balance nicely and finish fairly dry. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. I'm not sure about the style but make no mistake, Twelve days is indeed a good ale. The bottle says "English Christmas ale" the BA description is "English strong ale" but I think it tastes more like a nut brown ale.
01-12-2010 04:15:19 | More by biggred1
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Presentation: Classy, holiday-themed 16.9oz raised-letter bottle; no date to be seen; nice label
Appearance: Beautiful dark walnut beer, nice clarity, capped by a big fluffy head of light tan foam; shows nice retention and a bit of lacing as well
Smell: Lots of warm chocolatey tones right off the bat, backed with rich dark malt and a dark fruitiness. Very English, very nice.
Taste: Lovely rich, warm dark caramel and chocolate malts. Light fruit and yeast notes. No spices present/perceived. Just enough bittering hops to keep it from becoming unbalanced. Warming, simple, well-constructed. Shows a bit of coffee, and dry and lightly-roasted bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth
Conclusion: A wonderful, tasty winter warmer in classic English style. Went wonderfully with a Grilled Red Leicester and Tomato sandwich.
08-10-2010 22:53:16 | More by BedetheVenerable
4/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a mahogany red with an ivory colored head that quietly dissipates.
Has a malty, bready smell with a pleasant underlying aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Has a spicy, hoppy taste, ending bitter and peppery. Hints of toffee, orange peel, and grain.
Medium bodied, with a pleasant sweet/bitter finish.
Very enjoyable, one of the better Christmas Ales I've had this year.
12-27-2010 02:19:44 | More by TheHoppiest
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured from 1pt .9oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a large, creamy head that is the color of a scoop of vanilla ice cream after it's been dunked in root beer- in fact, this almost looks like a root beer float! The head dissipates very slowly and leaves behind thin, bubbly rings of lace.
Smell: Sweet caramel with a slight nuttiness and some sugary plum notes.
Taste: Begins with caramel and overall sweet malt, rounding out to sweet fruits and finishing nutty and with a balanced hop profile.
Mouthfeel: Thinner body with light carbonation, and a smooth finish that dries out.
Drinkability: I was having a hankering for a beer with a distictive English flavor and a winter beer- this is both wrapped into one and is definitely recommended.
12-20-2010 02:08:13 | More by Mosstrooper
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Clear, deep red-brown pour with quickly fading head and nice lacing. The nose is very malty with hints of hazelnut, vanilla, figs, and caramel. The taste is much the same but more of a roasty, almost burnt chocolate comes out as it warms. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability but nothing special. A little disappointing.
07-23-2010 01:41:54 | More by beerdrifter
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
500ml bottle poured into 2 half pint glasses
A - Poured aggressively provides thick creamy 3 finger solid head, that produces great lacing. Body is a dark mahogany brown, some ruby qualities when held up to the light.
S - Some dark fruit notes, with a little citrus grapfruit, some slight hints of sickly sweet caramel malts.
T- Not a harsh citric taste like some ales, some nice fresh bread malts, well balanced with a soft hop bitterness in the finish.Slight alcohol kick in aftertaste.
M - Medium carbonation, full bodied,
D- A very sessionable ale, however nothing that suggests its something out of the ordinary.
02-05-2007 19:20:24 | More by seanyfo
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
A: Big, 4 finger brown head on a dark black/brown beer. Lots of bubbles in this one and alright lace. Seems a little weak.
S: Roasted, carmelized nuts, a lot of peanut in particular. No hops, no spices, and nothing to strong.
T: Again, slightly nutty, but I get a slight burnt grain, though it's very hidden. More nuttyness, though in the taste it seems more walnut than peanut. Still no hops, and less sweet than I had hoped from the smell. This just doesn't fit a style for me. Not the flavor of a winter warmer, somewhere awkward between a brown and a strong ale.
M: Too light for an x-mas beer by a hair.
D: It's drinkable, but not in the good way.
01-30-2010 04:33:32 | More by mdwalsh
Twelve Days from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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