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Brewed by Batemans
Style: English Strong Ale
Wainfleet, England

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle and keg: Filtered.
A fresh coffee and chocolate experience brewed with genuine arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown roasted malt.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1845) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Loose tan head. No retention. Dark purple/mahogany body. Milk chocolate, fruit, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, spice, plum, black malt, hops. Smells artificial. Bittersweet. Dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys at Claypotts near Dundee. Pours black with a creamy white head. Smells of chocolate with a slight coffee bean. Tastes of dark chocolate and more chocolate! I love this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Appearance: Clear dark ruby/brown with loose, large bubbled tan head about a cm thick. Aroma: Chocolate, notes of bitter chocolate, toast and amaretto biscuit. Taste: Low sweetness, and low/medium bitterness and sourness. Palate: Smooth thick texture and medium body, slightly prickly carbonation, lingering finish sourness and bitterness at the end. Comments: Very tasty, it was a bit like a dessert, very easy to drink and left a glass lace.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hanoi (894) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle: The label makes a big play of the nose... Smells of of oak, a touch of coffee and cheap milk chocolate. There is some smoke in the mid range. Taste is... cheap milk chocolate, which seems to be the fashion for British chocolate beer who seem to think Nannys Easter egg is the height of coco tastes. There is some latte underneath. Mouthfeel is much to thin for the style. Must try harder, and unfortunately the Americans do this type of beer a million times better. Edit: Read the bottle, the idiots have added flavour rather than used the malt and hops. No wonder its rubbish. Lose another point for trying to take shortcuts.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (5070) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2013
500ml bottle from Sainsburys, Prestwick - clear dark brown with a reddish tint, moderate tan head, sweet chocolate, coffee aroma, carbonation on the high side, flavour is like mint chocolate liqueur

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (4567) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2013
500ml bottle shared with mr_h. Dark reddish chestnut brown, reasonable head. Dry grain chocolate malt aroma. Very chocolatey malt flavour. Sickly sweet aftertaste. Tastes like alcoholic cheap chocolate.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5602) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
500ml brown bottle from Sainsburys. Sainsburys do have interesting beers in their range. This is a nice idea, though, given that chocolate and coffee flavours can be naturally imparted by the malt, why add those ingredients to the beer. Feels like a gimmick - though a number of brewers like to do it. But its like buying a rose that has been sprayed with rose perfume. Anyway, this is a drinkable beer with chocolate and coffee flavours. There you go - what a surprise. Its a bit cloying and funny enough the flavours taste artificial. Drinkable, but not impressive.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bamsen78 (5168) - Snderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2013
On tap @ Setka Pub, Poznan, Poland. Pours cloudy dark copper brown with small light tan head. Clear aroma of coffee and sugar with notes of chocolate. Sourish and bitter taste of coffee with touches of caramel and dark chocolate. Sourish aftertaste. Nearly no carbonation at all. More interesting than good but drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1850) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
Rich chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown colour with no head or lacing. Rich chocolate malt flavour. Smooth flat lingering palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3147) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys in South Ruislip. A dark brown/ruby coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Rich sweet, chocolate, mocha aroma. Tastes of coffee and rich mocha chocolate. Prefer it on cask but still a decent drop.


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