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

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe (4345) - 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 (4083) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle 50cl from Mondial de la bière, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (375) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Ive mislaid the sachet of black pepper!, it does smell of pepper anyway, nice dark red body with a foamy white head, flavour of caramel with black pepper, its alright actually, very smooth. bit annoyed of lost the sachet as i dont happen to have any pepper.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (11686) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2014
DØE. Clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and pepper. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 240514

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014

Bottle 500ml.

[ As Batemans Black Pepper Ale ].
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, pepper - sweet pepper - black pepper. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration, black pepper, caramel. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140524]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Bottled 05/07/14. The sachet of black pepper was missing so I ground my own in. This then becomes a malty beer with delicious black pepper. Freshly milled black pepper is gorgeous of course but I don;t drink it and it really was the dominsnt thing here - the beer itself being fairly bland. I guess it’s a good idea to use pepper but it should be a subtle addition not the main event.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle from Hinckley B&M. Was getting a bit excited about this thinking it wouldn’t taste of Bateman’s. But it does. Irredeemably, ineffably Batemans. With some pepper and twigs stirred in. Tedious house aniseed and Dolly Mixtures. Smell of marzipan, sticky Germanic muscavado and malt loaf malt, Chocolate Eclairs (the sweets). Ruby fringed briefly with white. Pepper’s pretty good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty peppery caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty peppery caramel finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1561) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from B&M. Deep amber body with a thin whiteish head. Nose is malt, hint of sulphur and eggs, black pepper, some red fruit, some oak, alcohol, candied fruit. Bittersweet with a little fire and some sourness. Dry finish. Decent standard British bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (1379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from B&M. Pours deep copper with a cream froth. Plenty of black pepper notes both in the aroma and taste. There are notes of biscuit malt, some citrus, spice and something a little metallic. Fair play to Bateman’s for trying to make something a little different. unfortunately this one just doesn’t taste all the great. Not terrible either though.


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