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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: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7479) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at the August THT, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark copper colour with a thin off white head. The aroma is toffee caramel, woody resin hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a sweet malt, light floral hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjogro (2504) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Sampled at THT August. Bottle. Near clear dark amber white head. Sweet malts, raisans, dusty cardboard, tea. Light sweet and little more bitter. Over medium big malty body, bittersweet finish and low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4248) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at THT tasting. Hazy amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of fruits, malty and some spices. Flavor is quite malty, English and quite smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (3632) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at THT. Clear amber with small off white head. Sweet malts, cardboard, toffee, old wood, green leaves. Medium sweet and almost medium bitter. Medium bodied with slick feel and low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (8681) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
50cl bottle shared at August THT. thin white head. Hazy amber pour. A decent barley wine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mariuspoenari (1426) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle shared at August THT. Clear dark caramel pour with a thin offwhite head. Notes of dried fruit, boiled malts, sugar.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lamfrenze (12) - HONG KONG - AUG 1, 2016
Purchased from a supermarket in Hong Kong. 500ml bottle, 2013 Vintage, Bottle No. 052598. A strong smell of brandy and malt when open the cap. Reddish brown colour, off-white foam head. With a taste of brown sugar, almonds, and a little bit spice. Smooth mouthfeel. With 7.5% alcohol but the rase of alcohol is well hid.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6238) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2016
22nd July 2016: 500ml bottle number 062400 of 2013 has been chosen by me to be my 6,000th rate on this site. Poured slowly into a Batemans Pint Sleeve glass at home and shared with no one! Chestnut red body with a fast fading off-white head. Mild red wine traces in the malt led aroma and taste. I love these ’British old school, winter coal fire, type of brews’. Pull up an armchair, put your slippers on and sip this while listening to the wind whistling past the windows. Rich, smooth and Port like on the palate, mini-wood notes and a nutty hint within a proper, well made beer. Loved it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2492) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2016
500ml bottle, 2013 Vintage, Bottle No. 040303. Reddish tinged amber brown colour, off-white foam head and aroma of malt, toffee, dried fruits, light spice. Taste is sweet malty, brown sugar, fruit cake, raisins, honey, vanilla, almonds, some spice and woody earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry tangy nutty finish. Quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (8035) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
Bottle split with the Mrs, acquired from Gottschalch Antiques, Læderstræde, Copenhagen (03/04/2017) - fuzzy reddish amber pour with off-white head. Prominent sweet malty aroma and taste, cake like with lots of sweetness with an abundance of treacle, caramel, some dried fruit nuance, light burnt icing sugar, enjoyable brew. Quite a find this from an old antique shop :)


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