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Brewed by Batemans
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Wainfleet, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Premium bitter with black pepper.
An unmistakable aroma tickles the nose. A subtle tingle of crushed pepper with bellowing heat. A clean and beautifully balanced beer.


CJGrip's rating

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJGrip (19) - Greater London, - SEP 27, 2013
Well bodied, tasty, great colour. Has a fizz to it which suggests the pepper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (3650) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2015
500ml bottle at home, source unknown, more than 7 months beyond the best before date, spicy, toffee aroma, clear amber brown, big beige head, intermittent lacing, raisin toffee, black pepper, oily with a peppery finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1096) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2015
(Bottle) Clear amber brown with good white head. Peppery aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Taste is nice carsmel malt with some peppery spice. Overall, a nice beer but with no real significance of pepper.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (609) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear copper colour with a fizzy off white head (With obvious black pepper floating in it) Slight aroma of berries, caramel and earthy hops through the pepper. Taste of caramel, spicy, earthy hops, light peppery hints, slight flavour of berries and raisin. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A malty finish with subtle sweetness. The added pepper didn’t make much difference, a very average ESB otherwise.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stout94 (5) - - JAN 14, 2015 does not count
AROMA: Peppery APPEARANCE: Copper in appearance + clear but for the pepper granules floating in it. Frothy head. TASTE: Bitter and salty in taste, spicy due to the pepper. PALATE: Meidum body, quite lively body in terms of bubbles. OVERALL: Novel beer, not sure whether I enjoy peppery beer but it was worth a try. Just over half marks for me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (2559) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2015
50cl bbOcT14, from Mondial Mulhouse, i.e. slightly off. Soggy copper pour, smells like a wheaty ESB (peach marmelade, biscuit). Some subtle UK bitter notes (wood, fruit, tea) cancelled out by sweetish wheats. Adding the black pepper distracts from the incompatible ESB beneath rather than complements it, although it does accompany a salsify soup rather well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3032) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
New years eve beer 6. Bottle from morrisons and shared with s_hartshorne. Copper beer with medium head. Aroma of caramel, malts and fruity. Taste is light tangerine, malts and some pepper spice. Ok beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (2295) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle shared with sarkynortherner. Red ok head looks good with pepper running thru. Nice red fruits pepper in aroma taste same good sweet malts ok hop bitters. Ok body. Good extra point for the novelty aspect.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (6530) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Light toffee, crisp and bitter, light peppery spice - slightly confused about having to add the pepper myself.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (5846) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from B&M, Rochdale. Deep amber-red with no head. Tried the first half without the pepper. Like many premium ales it has a light berry sweetness in both its aroma and taste. Adding the small sachet of pepper that came with it felt like the 80’s when I had to add the salt to the salt and shake crisps in my lunchbox - certainly a novelty for a beer! With the pepper added (and wasn’t quite sure whether to stir it or not), there wasn’t a huge amount of difference (nor was there a huge amount of pepper in reality), and it didn’t make a lot of difference.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jaghana (4653) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle 50cl from Mondial de la bičre, Clear amber beer with medium head. Nose is on black pepper and toasted caramel. Aroma is dry on caramel and hops resin, body is a bit watery, again black pepper notes. Finish is on caramel, honey, still watery.


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