Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England


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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle and keg: Filtered.
A fresh coffee and chocolate experience brewed with genuine arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown roasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2013
Pretty much dead on arrival. Even after a violent effort to get it to foam it still remained lifeless in the glass. Darkest ruby in colour and shimmering in the lights. Smooth, rich, cocoa butter and nutty Belgian chocolate on the nose with a hint of marzipan, rum and raisin and roasted cacao beans. Flat, gammy and soppy feel to the palate with a slick, over tempered chocolate feel to the finish that is not too pleasant. Mild, roasted malt bitterness breaks up the slick cocoa butter and soft Belgian choc notes. A hint of cola cordial lingers long amongst dark wood and roasted nuts. Just does not do a thing for me. (50cL, BB 30/09/13, Liquor Baron’s Ocean Reef)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
The color is dark as one could expect stout style beer being, and same typical way head is quite short mildly brown and disappears quickly. Taste is quite rough, bit sweet, and has charcoal. Soon chocolate kicks, and aroma turns lighter. This may be one of the very best supermarket beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (7818) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2013
Deep coffee aroma. Black with an off white head. Has a full coffee taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (5890) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury cons 2013-03-30 Uddingston yet another chocolate and coffey infused thing..... AR: thick cofey, vanilla AP: ruby/mahogny colored body, wee frothy beige deminishing head F: vanilla chocolate, cofey, rich carbonation, medium bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mighty_meadow (305) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours dark, like Coca-Cola with very little head. Aroma is malted chocolate. Taste is mainly malt and chocolate. Very little coffee. Slight floral, perfumey hint. Ends very slightly bitter but more or less the same all the way through. Not bad but not great either. Slightly disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottled 16/03/13. Edges towards black with a purple hue. Headless. Silky chocolate in the nose with hints of coffee only. Same in the mouth. Mocha for sure with chocolate dominating. A bit too sweet really but good for Batemans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a lasting head. Prominent chocolate syrup in the aroma, along with soft toasty and roasted malt and a little coffee. Chocolate is first up as a flavour as well, followed by plain roasted malt and hot alcohol. Nice creamy low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle and served in snifter: pours mahogany hued with ruby highlights, small fading fizzy beige head and minimal lace. The aroma is all about the milk chocolate and dark chocolate character, very faint notes of coffee, roast, earthy tobacco and plum esters. The taste is borderline cloy and sweet but just enough twang to cut it down a bit. Just like the nose, the palate detects a touch of dark fruit and tobacco like earthiness. The mouth feel is surprising lighter than expected, not sugary syrupy as I feared. The touch oily and nutty dry. It is okay and at least you get the flavor your would want if you opened this. (Strong Ale? Okay sure it is)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5430) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Aroma is chocolate, light coffee and has a slight cola quality. The flavor is chocolate, a background of coffee and a very acidic/mildly tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
The aroma is nicely wide with chocolate and toffee, the general intensity is mild but pleasing. The beer is coke-brown and clear, but overall looks balanced. The taste initially surprises positively with intensity and additional flavours in addition to the aroma, but quickly loses its power after a few sips. I wish this would’ve lasted longer. Palate is disappointingly weak overall, with a lightly stingy carbonation and water thin texture. Some thickness would’ve brought a lot more oomph into this one. Overall, a nice chocolatey beer with surprising elements; just wish it had more kick and the elements lasted for longer.

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