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Batemans Vintage Ale

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Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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


2.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1411) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1770) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2036) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (1531) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10374) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (1850) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle a amber copper brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel spicy some yeast and hops flavor malts spicy some caramel citrus and hops

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4254) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle from Malt Traders 061214. Quite a boozy beer this one. Lots of plum and dried fruit in both aroma and flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15190) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. A clear, amber colored beer topped by a dense, beige head of moderate size. There’s maltyness dominating the aroma, with caramel and toffee, some higher alcohols and a fruity touch. Bready hints. The flavor has coffee hints, with bread and toffee. Warming alcohol and a decent bitterness. Full body and a soft carbonation level. Lasting finish. Way to malty this one, but sure drinkable. Not impressive in any way. 141228

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4040) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle at home, vintage 2013. Clear golden with a beige head. Aroma medium+ malty (caramel, roasted, wood, dark fruit). Flavor medium sweet, light spicy, woody, bitter. Medium to full body.


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