Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 160   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4492) - 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 (1842) - 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 (2248) - , 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 (1968) - 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 (557) - 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 (10655) - 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 80ís! 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 (1783) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benwhite5 (4) - - SEP 28, 2012 does not count
Bought from Maidstone Sainsburys. Strong mocha aroma. Pours clean, head dissipates quickly. Taste of coffee, high cocoa chocolate, hint of tobacco like you get in good coffees. Not over-powering. Very moreish. Masks its 6% ABV. Delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (583) - SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 A dark beer with a brownish head. An excellent coffee aroma and then a strong (but not overpowering) flavour of coffee and chocolate thatís surprisingly light. By far the best of the Sainsburyís British Beer Hunt that Iíve tried so far. UPDATE: Iíve never had this since it was in the beer hunt and enjoyed it as much. I donít know whether the beer itself has been changed or what but it just doesnít seem as distinct since then and it seems more lacking in body than I first thought too, which is a shame. Iíve had it on tap since and it was superb but either the bottled version has changed for the worse, I misjudged it or... I donít know. Itís still nice but it just doesnít seem as special (bottled) as I first thought.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Boondoggler (2) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012 does not count
This is my best ever bottled beer. Batemans, Mocha Beer 6.0% ABV, 50cl ***** The amber-coloured beer has a powerful aroma of coffee and chocolate/cocoa, underscored by a peppery hop note. In the mouth coffee and chocolate coat the tongue but thereís a powerful hop balance from the Goldings and a rich malt loaf character. The finish is dry with a continuing coffee and chocolate note but bitter hops build alongside the malt. This is a complex beer and is wonderfully refreshing. Adding unusual ingredients to conventional malt and hops is not always a success but it works brilliantly with this beer. Itís available from larger Sainsburyís at 3 for £4, until 3rd Oct 2012 normal price £2.49 each

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