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Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Skegness, England

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle and keg: Filtered.
A fresh coffee and chocolate experience brewed with genuine arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown roasted malt.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1707) - WALES - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown to form a black beer with a ring of foam. Smells like chocolate syrup, reminding me of Samuel Smithsí Chocolate Stout, which Iím not the biggest fan of. Mocha taste, as described. Coffee and chocolate, spice, sweet, slightly sharp and yeasty finish. Taste is better than the smell suggested it would be, but itís still not blown me away.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Pours the color of old European woods with leanings toward chestnut with mahogany highlights. Fluffy khaki head is mostly cream with a few scattered bubbles. Claret hues glint along the bottom of the glass. Swirls with a bit of lace.
Nose: Delicate and soft are my initial impressions. Chocolate cake and chocolate truffle powder. Chocolate dusted almonds and pecans. Soft plump pumpernickel breads and plums in the back. Chocolate crips. Chocolate covered prunes. Pocky.
Palate: Creamy and smooth all the way through. Tart and meaty in the back with plums, prunes then bready and soft with pumpernickel. Chocolate dust and chocolate covered almonds and pecans. Pleasant tart cherry and apple skin finish. Plump plums and grapes are crisp and tannic then juicy and sweet along the sides. Chocolate powder in the breath.
Final Thoughts: A classic English ale that is on-point and doesnít veer from its mission of providing me with a wonderful Mocha Beer experience. I thoroughly loved this beer and found it to meet and go beyond my expectations. Delicious. A beer Iíd be happy to quaff any day, every day.
(An original written work by Beer Ambassador, LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (823) - HONG KONG - MAY 25, 2013


500 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin.

Clear, deep blackish brown colour; Razor-thin head and residual off-white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Minimal lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant aroma of Belgian chocolate, waffles, sugar, cream, and light coffee; Quite savory sweet taste of roasty malt, with strong Belgian chocolate, cream, coffee, nuts, light liquorices, yeast, hint of citrus, and light grass; Light body, reminds me of some macro German dunkels, with watery palate with creamy feeling; Taste profile is strong sweet Belgian chocolate all over the otherwise pretty roasty but thin malt, with coffee taste took a back seat; Hoppiness is focused on the moderate liquorice and light citrus and grass taste, which in this case complement the chocolate sweetness quite nicely, leads to an okayish astringent finish; Slightly dry after taste, very easy and chocolatey to mouth.

Comments: Very few brews managed to be sweet and tasty, this is one of them. Its Bel-chocolate aroma and taste somewhat reminds me of Floris Chocolat, with a lot less artificiality than the latter. Unfortunately, it has virtually no head, and its body is too thin and watery like a cheapo macro Dunkel to be truly likeable. With so many good mocha brews available out there, I donít think Iíll look for this one again. Thatís the reality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gowdy (730) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle at home. Fairly dark brown, and as might of been expected, tastes of chocolate. Come with a normal head, which is off white, nearing brown.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2099) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 25, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburyís [230413]
Dark chestnut brown, tan frothy head that dissipates to a thin froth, little lacing, cola-like appearance
Aroma - sweet dark chocolate syrup, soft instant coffee, sweet dark malts, slightly artificial but itís fine, not complex
Taste as aroma, getting some Batemanís yeast in there, touch of minerals, soft instant coffee, and chocolate syrup again...yeah the coffee and chocolate doesnít taste high quality but itís ok overall
Palate - Moderate carb, thin to medium body, fairly smooth texture, but is over carbonated. Finish as main flavour, soft coffee and chocolate linger
Overall - The cask was better at Spoonís and was smoother, seemed to have more body too. Despite the bit artificial coffee and chocolate itís one of their best beers.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2410) - 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 Baronís Ocean Reef)

3.9
   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 Iíve ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (3900) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2013
Deep coffee aroma. Black with an off white head. Has a full coffee taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4208) - GŲteborg, 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

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mighty_meadow (203) - 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.


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