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Batemans Vintage Ale

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Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Skegness, England

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (942) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Bread, fruit cake, liquorice, dried fruit, toffee, marzipan. Taste: Low bitterness, low/medium sweet and sourness. Palate: Light/medium grainy texture, light body, average carbonation, abrupt fairly dry, fruity, marzipan, liquorice toffee finish with malty, yeasty notes. Comments: Very good and glass lace. Rating is for 2013 vintage.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13266) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais and drunk at home. Clear russet colour with thick lasting beige head. Fruity malty aroma. Yes malty. Some intensity. English peppery hop finish. Is it as good as a Fullers Vintage which I guess is the closest thing to which to compare? No, not quite as good. Not as hoppy or characterful. It’s fine. The malts are fruity and a lot like Soreen malt loaf. Some character some interest. I mean I quite like it. Some yeast character. Chewy malts. Nothing wrong, it just doesn’t kick on or have an extra depth. Fine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Reddish bronze beer with a strong off white head. The aroma is roasted and malty, and the flavour is strongly malty with bitter and roastedness. Overall a nice strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sharkydodson (159) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUN 7, 2014
the aroma of grain, fruits and lollipop... the taste is caramel and fruity with shades of wine, apple, plum and flowers... dry wine aftertaste...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (536) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
2013 vintage in a 500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Ruby chestnut with little or no head. Aroma is sweet fruity. The flavour is also sweet with dried fruit and burnt treacle. The alcohol has a big hit.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (2161) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2014
Beer sphere sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. I don’t really have tasting notes on this one, except a score and that I would probably not enjoy a full pint of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Årgang 2012. Flaske 0,5l - #05725. Gave fra Fin&Loz. Delt med Rune under avskjedsrating i H9 - 3 Des 13. Kastanjebrun. Høyt luftig skum som varer. Litt lacing. God aroma av nøtter med innslag av sherry. Avrundet smak. Syrlig tre & nøtter. Lett drikkelig. Ettersmak av eik & sherry. Litt tørr. Thanks to Fin&Loz. Deltok med denne i Mass Online Tasting.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (652) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Cask @ Wellington Arms, Bedford. Appearance is chestnut brown. What little head there is scampers darn quick. Cloying aroma of malt, hazelnut and treacle. I was not prepared for the intensity of the taste: as intense and rounded as a good port. Maybe a bit too sweet but this is tempered by a drier woody aftertaste. Best strong real ale I’ve had in quite a while.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weark (282) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Vintage 2013 / Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge / Clear amber color, small head fast disappearing, no lacing / Aroma is dried raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak, plums / Caramel, oak, vanilla, malty flavor / Medium Body, decent bitterness, oily, soft carbo, medium long dried raisin and caramel finish / not the best vintage ale but a good one

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrold (1119) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Aldi. It’s all very well having a sample, then giving a rating. Try supping a bottle full...


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