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Dark Lord - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.73%

Brewed by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Renamed "Mr. George's Ruby Porter".

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-19-2003)
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Reviews by Daredevil:
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4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure why this is classified as 'retired', I just happened to buy a bottle, which looked pretty much 'active' ... the design of the label seems to have changed though

this is an almost impervious black liquid with a very small head (maybe however the drink was just too cold when poured) .... the smell is very malty, with some sweet liquorice notes ...
the taste is very complex, liquorice again, with anisette and lime notes, very full and very dry ...

not an easy brew and not something I would like to drink everyday, but the elegance of the (quite paradox, I must admit) balance between bitter dryness, sweetness and citric acidity is astonishing ...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:13:49 | More by Daredevil
More User Reviews:
Photo of Euan91

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An ok ruby beer. Smells good, looks fine although small head. One issue is it seems very carbonated; leads to an underlying aftertaste similar to that of fizzy water. Doesn't leave a lasting impression. Wouldn't buy again but perhaps worth trying. Still quite an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 18:36:32 | More by Euan91
Photo of Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-01-2014 16:12:29 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12-07-2013 22:39:50 | More by BillRoth
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-11-2013 21:19:51 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a porter
Midway, I must say between Ruby ale and a special bitter

A good solid bottled beer bitter tasting elements alongside rich red fruits

It's a good looking drink as well almost maroon in colour with a decent enough head and appealing aromas

it sits nicely in the mouthfeel dept. not at all flimsy but certainly not heavy going

Not world class but not all that far off (say if they did a bottle conditioned version the cask must be a marvel though) certainly way above average this is on of Bateman's

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 14:22:49 | More by EmperorBevis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-22-2013 11:16:49 | More by DerekKetelaars
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Czech Republic

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-06-2013 21:44:59 | More by rulisekmartin
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-14-2013 16:37:41 | More by Beerstorian
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-27-2012 18:53:25 | More by Pelicanrocks
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-22-2012 02:49:17 | More by fionn13
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3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee, diacetyl and soft roasted malt.
Similar flavours, more roasted presence but still showing some caramel and diacetyl. A bit plain in terms of roasted character.
Could use less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 06:53:18 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of shambeano


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a cola like very light black, with some reddish tinges to the sides. about a half inch of head that quickly subsides. not too shabby.

S- a little bit savoury, licorice and herbs. some sweeter malts, and some bitterness there to round things out. a little light on the aroma, i feel like im searching for any flavour i get.

T- sweetish malts initially, then a savouryness comes through. Licorice, and molasses, a little bit fruity, plummy and raisins. a touch herbaly to finish, with a slight bitterness at the end. pretty nice.

M- on the lighter side, but with a nice carbonation that prickles the front of the tongue, the slight bitterness hits the back of the mouth, and there is a nice drying finish that makes you want to take another sip. good length too.

O- i really liked this one, not much on the nose, but it looks alright and tastes and feels pretty good.

Note: the label refers to the beer as a dark ruby beer, so i am reviewing it as a dark ale, and not as a porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 11:23:29 | More by shambeano
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United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. Named after 'Black Tom', a figure from the English civil war.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very dark ruby hue with medium carbonation. Appears black unless held to the light. Forms a decent head of light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with notes of dried fruit, christmas pudding, plum jam, caramel, brown sugar and a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild dry finish. Notes of dried fruit, plums, brown sugar, caramel malt, grain and yeast. A hint of stewed hops in the background, but no bitterness. Solventy flavour upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with some astringency. Aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt.

A nice dark ale. Not convinced this is a porter - it's more of a mild (the label describes it as a dark ruby beer). No bitterness or roasted malt character. At any rate, it's smooth and has a well-balanced fruity flavour. Very drinkable, and well worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:47:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with foamy white head but not clear ruby in light and the head leaves few trailers. Nose is burnt toast, red currant jam, a bit of tar, citrus oil and bark.
Roasted nutty malts with some molasses and sarsaparilla root, a sour lactic hit, then orange rind hops with a woody bite.
Kola nut finish and a dry leave. Light to medium and quite fizzy.

It may be renamed because of 3F, but it still sells as Dark Lord in the UK, so that's where I'm reviewing it.

Is this a porter or a strong dark mild? Flavors are in the right place for porter, but too light and lively for that. Don't mean to be a style fascist, but an indecisive hybrid for me.

*from notes

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 15:56:01 | More by StJamesGate
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3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with lots of reddish hues. The light brown head is rahter small and soapy. Rich lacings, though.

D: Sweet light roasted malt with lots of dark dried fruits. Dark bread. Some coffee.

T: Sweet malt, light roasted. A crisp dry bitterness is present. Dark dried fruits and lots of coffee and chocolate.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is full and carbonation mild. Smooth!

O: A rather nice Mild, with a nice dryness to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 20:48:50 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Presentation: my bottle/label looked different than the one shown. The artwork depicted a medieval knight with a sinister glare.

A: dark ruby ale (similar in colour to Hobgoblin, Thwaite's Dark Mild, etc.)

S: sweet, mildly spicy

T: very good, but not as much flavour as I was hoping for--this was a bit milder than expected

M: again a very solid beer but nothing spectacular in the mouthfeel

O: would definitely like a repeat of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 21:00:37 | More by fullsweep
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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby mahogany color where a minimal amount of light will pass in front of bulb. Beige head with a blend of large and tight bubbles. Recedes quickly. Leaves spotty lace.

Rich smell of overcooked caramel--sweet with a tinge of burnt sugar.

Seems closer to a dark English pale ale than a porter. Features the "round" flavor of the British ales. Lots of brown sugar with a good dollop of hop in the finish. I like the taste, but wouldn't describe it as a porter. Despite the sugar level the body is quite thin; the carbonation is good. The aftertaste is hoppy bitterness but fades too soon.

I'm torn: For me, this is a decent beer, one I would enjoy greatly in an English Pub. That said, it falls short of the profile I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 23:17:18 | More by smcolw
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3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a nonic. Pours a clear dark brown, nothing particularly ruby looking about it. The head is thin and quickly settles to a collar.

Decent nose of English yeast and toasted and roasted malt. Dark fruit, mild diacetyl and mineral, slightly vinous.

Tastes pretty good, alebit a bit boring. Fruity, vinous, quite a bit of raisin flavor above a mildly roasty malt base. Medium bodied, rather dry on the tongue. Carob comes out toward the finish, with a mild earthy hop bite and a lingering note of licorice. This is pretty good, but nothing special. The XXXB from this brewery is quite a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:42:45 | More by largadeer
Photo of Offa


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice, lighter but fairly complex, characterful porter. It is a bit subdued but has some nice complexity and depth of character.

Extremely deep red-brown, almost black with small dark tan head shrinking very slowly to a foamy ring and wisps, leaving some weak hints of lace.

Aroma is very nice caramelized prunes and dark bread, leaves, earth, spices, very toasty and fruity.

Taste is light zesty-spicy fruity sweetness and caramelized dried fruit up front, then roasty-spicy-earthy light bitterness and roasted barley. It has hints of licorice and rootbeer. It is nicely balanced, light but firm and lively of body and feel. It's not super complex or rich, and the elements I detect are generally light and a bit subdued, but it is very tasty and has good balance with enough character and complexity to both make it very enjoyable and keep it interesting. It's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:42:35 | More by Offa
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown. Smallish head, some lacing.

S - Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate. Was expecting more.

T - I concur with one of the existing reviews -tastes like a brown ale with some port wine. Some bitter coffee/chocolate notes (but not enough). Was expecting more.

M - Medium, mildly carbonated. Eh.

D - This is a porter? An English porter? Really?

Overall, this was a one-time experience. Being a "porter guy" this was rather disapointing, especially since Bateman's XXXB was so outstanding. When it some to choosing a porter - don't choose this one. I got my bottle for $2.49 "on clearance", so what can one truly expect? Waaay better to pay the $3.99 for a Sam Smith's Taddy Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 20:45:18 | More by ProfessorHomer
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1pt,0.9oz bottle given to me by my brother for Christmas. Thanks, Bro! No freshness date, though some sort of code that appears to have been stamped at 10:23 is on the neck of the bottle. According to the label, "This is a VEGAN BEER."

Poured a dark brown with a slight, tan head. It takes on a dark, rubyish tinge when held up to light (hence the name ruby porter, I suppose).

Roasted malt and mollasses in the nose. Smells like a straightforward, no frills porter.

Roasted malt provides a coffeeish flavor, there's also some nuttiness and some restrained brown sugar. Slightly acidic tasting. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, slightly prickly.

This is a no frills English porter. Not a bad beer, but there are better ones out there. I'd definitely choose a Fullers' London Porter or a Taddy over this, but it hit the spot paired up with some scrambled eggs and toast.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:33:39 | More by woemad
Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown almost black with no head

smell: caramel, malts,

taste: toffee, roasted malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body

drinkability: due to the smooth texture it's easy to drink.


The CpJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 16:36:16 | More by THECPJ
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4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass

A - Pours a Porter like appearance of very dark Brown almost Ebony colour with a tanned head that stays around.

S - Sweet dark fruits and bread,

T - Nice roasted flavours come through with caramel and dark fruits and coffee also present.

M - Medium to full body and low carbonation and very smooth.

D - I like this brew a lot and if offers a pretty solid beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 16:16:04 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a slight head that leaves a little lacing.

Some coffee and nuts in the nose. The toasted malt reminds me of brown bread toast.

Light flavors here. Some bready edges, some toasted malt notes, a little nuttiness, more coffee than fruit here, pleasant bitterness, decent finish. A middle of the road porter. It's ok.

Medium bodied, fair carbonation.

Unremarkable, but much better than the thrashing this is receiving in this forum. Missing some traditional elements, but that which works actually works quite well. About $5/bottle, and a bit steep for the quality of this brew. I'd never refuse this but it was a real "food washer" beer for me. I won't seek this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:20:56 | More by OtherShoe2
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Dark Lord from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.