Grumbo (3978) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle bought at the Batemans brewery, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire. Golden brown colour, rather carbonated, creating a fairly large white head. Hoppy aroma, with sweet caramel malt. A little bitter in its finish. OK, but not that interesting. JohnCook101 (535) - - OCT 14, 2012
Hoppy and uncomplicated. Long bitter finish. Quite highly carbonated, large bubbles. Darkish golden with thin head. Middle of the road but not unpleasant. zacgillbanks (5506) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle from b&m Blaydon. Amber coloured with very strong malty, almond and sulphur flavours with toffee on the finish. ManVsBeer (10953) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Ale with a clean healthy bitterness that dominates through taste and texture. RichH79 (1) - Lancashire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2012 does not count
Bottled from Lidl - Plainish bitter, burnt caramel and ethanol on the nose, some real malt flavour with burnt sugar on the tounge. Drinkable if a little plain. Probably a little too heavy on the burnt toffee to be much of a session.
joe19612 (3074) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle from Aldi. Pours a light brown colour with a thin white head, malty aroma with some caramel, the taste is bitter and also slighty sour, with a dry bitter finish. tommann (3948) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a medium frothy head. Aroma is caramel and boiled sweets malt. Taste is sweet and bready to start. Caramel and fruity hops in the finish. leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
Bottle. Golden brown with an off white head. Aromas are toffee with apple and toast. Light apricot with metal and plastic. Flavours are rubber with lemon and leafy, prickly hops. Pear with cardboard. Not very good. BlackHaddock (7690) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, brewed to celebrate St George’s Day (23rd April), drank and reviewed on 14th May 2011, 12 months before it’s BBD.
Poured into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ pint vase. It was a lovely amber colour with a good thick head of off-white bubbles on top. The head showed good retension and left some heavy lacing as it followed the beer down the glass.
I prefer my beers to have slightly more malts than hops in their blend, this fitted the bill exactly. Rich (non-sweet) malts hit the nose and carried on into the taste flavours.
Full bodied and smooth, the 4.1% ABV belies it’s strength and depth of substance.
I’ve been critical of Batemans and their trend of brewing so many ’seasonal’ beers in the past, but this is really good and I’ll be looking out for this one from now on.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2012
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. Traditional Batemans sweetness and vanilla in the nose. Very bitter in the mouth yet with a flowery note. Really not keen. Not sure why Batemans seasonals are, with very little exception, quite poor.