The name, ‘Twelve Days’, and label (with a partridge in a pear tree) suggest a Christmas brew. ‘No shit Sherlock!’ I hear you say.
Well, Christmas or no Christmas, you could deck the halls with this ‘strong, dark & rich ale’ from the Cotswold’s Hook Norton brewery. With the evening sun shining through it, it’s a deep ruby red in colour, not black like a stout. Malt on the nose is followed by malt on the tongue, mild fruit (Russet apples?), nuts with quite a sweet finish. A yummy Yuletide ale.
This is probably the most extreme photo that I’ve taken for this blog. As I crouched in our chicken pen to take this shot, I was blissfully unaware that 2 minutes later a massive branch from our Ponsiana would come crashing down where I was. Who’d have thought beer-blogging was so dangerous?
Sticking with the Partridge theme, here’s XTC with ‘Senses Working Overtime”