Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A fresh coffee and chocolate experience brewed with genuine arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown roasted malt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
Oddly this was very fizzy when first poured into the glass. Mid-brown in colour, it didn’t have a lot of discernible aroma. However it’s ‘lightness’ in comparison perhaps made it a little more gluggable, if not particularly outstanding flavour-wise. But if you wanted a lighter-style beer with hints of coffee rather than something heavy, this would fit the bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3635) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle at home from M&S shared with fiance and (future) father in law. Dark brown-black with cola head and deep cocoa nose. A touch of coffee bitterness up front followed by powdery cocoa. Quite dry with low carbonation. Nice enough but doesn’t bode well for other beer hunt entries if this was deemed best of the bunch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porkpie (7) - - OCT 15, 2012 does not count
Chocolate and coffee on the nose, a bit like the coffee chocolates from a roses tin. Thin, slightly greasy in the mouth, but light, refreshing and inoffensive given it has enough flavour. Could have taken one or two more flavour notes, but enjoyable to drink. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4573) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
500ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a finger of light beige head which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with some mild coffee and roasted grainy bitterness, Smooth and tasty brew. Medium bodied with modest carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluffy (1893) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
amazing aroma of cocoa powder and coffee, but not much else. pours dark brown with a fizzy head. flavor is similar to aroma, strong on espresso and cocoa powder, a little bit of whiskey and leather and dark brown sugars. palette is a little oily but otherwise very very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2309) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle from Sainsburys. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Coffee, dark chocolate and raisin aroma. Light chocolate and coffee flavour. Sweet. Reasonably pleasant. Long chocolate linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1984) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Brown pour with little to no head. aroma is pleasant dusty chocolate and coffee. Body is a little light and watery, though flavour has decent nutty roasted malt/coffee and semi sweet chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
bottle on promo at Sainsburys £1 a bottle - bargain ! pours clear coppery brown with transient beige head . aroma is cheap chocolate and faint coffee . Initial taste reflects the aroma becoming more bittersweet at the finish . alcohol well hidden but mouthfeel is a bit watery - a little too carbonated as well but good value for a quid

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (11550) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle on train poured into plastic glass - 30/09/12. Dark mahogony brown with a decent coffee head. Roast malts on the nose, cheap smelling milk chocolate like the eastern european stuff you had as a kid in the 80’s! Barley, trace of coffee and a little smoke. Taste is a little pasticy, cheap chocolate once more,grain, minerals, not much coffee doing, faint hint. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth finish with a little sourness. The 6% alcohol is well disguised. Not great, seemingly done on the cheap, goes to show you how it really is worth paying big bucks for well done coffee/chocolate beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1792) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2012
500ml bottle. Poured a deep, ruddy chestnut with a slowly fading one-finger beige head. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas with some gently roasted malt tones. Again, quite one-track-minded on the palate with plenty of sweet coffee and chocolate in evidence with some pasteurised maltiness beneath. Light to medium body, soft to medium carbonation with a short to medium length, bittersweet finish.

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