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Batemans Vintage Ale

Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bursprak (1378) - 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 (948) - 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 (4752) - 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 (606) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oelbas (237) - DENMARK - JUN 14, 2015
2013-tapning. Klar rødbrun med et ikke særlig holdbart cremefarvet skum. Svag duft af figner, lidt blomst og mørk maltsødme. Smagen fyldig med tørret frugt, alkohol og mørke malte. Let bitterhed der vokser lidt mod slutningen af den sødlige eftersmag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1468) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Tap. Pours a transparent amber with a ring of fizzy off white head. Aroma and taste of hops, biscuit malts, and some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1809) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, gift from Mum & Dad- cheers! Red with a moderate cream head and a light fizz. Warming and fruity up front, then a lot of straw in the dry finish. OK, but lacks depth- not a patch on the Fullers ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2015
Tasted in excellent company. Nutty caramel colours with a thick collar of white head. Surprisingly bright mahogany. The aroma here is an absolute star - nuts, strawberries... malt and yeast are the stars and this beer does well for its complexity. There’s sweetness and banana prevalent and this translates into flavour. What a treat. It’s got beautiful length and character and drinks like a young beer, considering it has two years on the clock. Probably a truly memorable representative of the Bateman’s character., it drinks quite freshly for a 2013 vintage that has done well for being well looked after.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (1620) - Haderslev, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2015
Clear, dark amber. Unstable, airy, offwhite head. Aroma has sweet berries, dried fruit but also metallic notes. Malty, caramelly flavour, cherries and plums. Hops in the finish together with metallic and slightly boozy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10562) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2015
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - dark red-amber beer with a poor head retention; aroma of vanilla and caramel; full-bodied, light umami, some sweetness lasting in the finish, more caramel and notes of hazelnut

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