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Batemans Vintage Ale

Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This beer is from the Batemans 30 year old Barley Wine recipe and the flavour has been matched with bottles which had been left undiscovered for 31 years only to be found in 2007. The 2012 Vintage was brewed with barleys from a set of unique growing conditions including a prolonged dry period followed by very wet weather, producing grains which impart crisp, dry, rich flavours. It is packed full of succulent malt and after maturing in oak, has flavours of plums, port, malt, brandy, vanilla and almonds

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pdubyah (569) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2016
Has the bones of a great beer, but seems to be missing that little bit that would get them there, daily disjointed and uneven drinking really.. Disappointing. On the positives, nice aroma, fruity, chocolate and has a nice lingering mouthfeel, bit the middle bit is lacking and I was tempted to say ’thin’

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. Nice deep reddy amber coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is nutty toffee, light apple, grainy, slightly dirty on the nose. Flavour is composed nutty grains, toffee, light apple, slightly apple tangy, granny Smith. Palate is medium sweet, highish carbonation. Semi dry grainy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4854) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle share thanks to Leighton, 2013 vintage at 7.5%. Very dark reddy orange, clear, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet and bready with spice, seeded bread. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is bready, liquorice, sweet sugar syrup, soft finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (14958) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle split in the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Lando himself, 20/10/15. Chestnut brown / amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is toffee, malt, light honey infuse, biscuit, dark fruit rinds. Taste comprises malt loaf, fruit cake, brown bread, toffee, light spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok but doesn’t pack a lot of depth for the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (16261) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared in London - picked up at Kris Wines. Vintage 2013. Pours clear ruby with a slight, foamy off-white head. Toasted malts in the nose, toffee, some ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with more toffee, brown bread, a little alcohol. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with toasty sugars, caramel and toffee, dried fruits. Perhaps a little simplistic, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours clear deep amber with a decent beige head. The nose is soft, sweet, toffee, stewed orange, peach, oily action, must, damp wood, dried fruits and leather. The taste is sweet, oily, sticky, orange, tangerine, candied peel, wood, dried fruits and white sugars with a dry, orangey finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bursprak (1712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle split a few ways, ’13 vintage. Clear brownish pour with a light head. Notes of caramel, alcohol, light plastic and sweet malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vestergaard (1293) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to Erik. Pours a clear, dark amber with a small, off white head. Aroma has caramel, toasted malts, old hops, slight dark fruits. Taste is sweet, boozy with a slight metallic tartness. Low carbonation and an oily body. Fine but boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Pours a hazy amber-hued orange body with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, almonds, biscuits, red fruits and hints of vanilla and toffee. Taste is caramel, sherry, red fruits, toffee, alcohol and hints of toast, burnt sugar and mild herbs. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Pretty decent. Seems a bit oxidized, but works pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukasmh (776) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber brown with small beige head. Aroma is malty, bread, yeast, candy, toasty malts. Taste is sweet malty, dark fruits, toasty malts. Toasty finish with slight dryness. Light body. Not impressive vintage.

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