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Batemans XXXB - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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87
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%


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

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2002)
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FLima

Brazil

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a two finger off-white thick head with low retention.
Nice fruity aroma from English hops and sweet malt. Hints of guaraná.
Fruity and bitter balanced flavor. Notes of spicy yeasty, earthy hops, dark fruits, sweet guaraná, caramels and biscuit malts. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant elegant bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Good exemplar of an English Bitter, very sessionable and still flavorful and pleasant. Recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 22:51:53 | More by FLima
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber colour with a thin head about a centimetre tall and slightly frothy. It settles to a fine lacing after about thirty seconds though.

Mix of sweetness and biscuit malts along with some vanilla and a hint of fruit and berries. There is an earthy hop aroma.

Some sweet malts in the taste along with some vanilla and a little honey. The beer taste quite sweet with a lot of fruits bended throughout and a bit of biscuit that is rounded of with a creamy and bitter finish.

Quite creamy with a medium to full body and some sweet and earthy notes mixed together and low carbonation.

Not a bad beer really, good and creamy with nice vanilla and even some honey in there. It is a good example of a pale ale & one that went down well.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 11:04:45 | More by flyingpig
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EPortJake

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - rusty copper with a thin clinging head
S - sweet malt biscuit. Bizzarely, I get a hint of throat lozenge
T - malt biscuit, caramel with molases. Moderately hopped, but the farewell gives a peppery hop boost.
M - medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
O - the label descibes it as a "classic premium pale ale" but I look at it as more of a premium/special bitter. A favorite english tipple of mine since first tasting. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 19:22:02 | More by EPortJake
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber. Off-white head.

S: Honey.

T: Lots of honey but very dry. A sour, dry tanginess which I don't like at all - common in northern style English ales. Faintest touch of marzipan.

O: Decent enough, but not my idea of perfection. Very British, but nothing like the best of what Britain has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 21:15:37 | More by Hoppsbabo
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy rust red amber with a small short lived beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, yeast, dates, dark fruity esters. Taste is a rich caramel malt flavor, dried fruit, yeast and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium-full body, slightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, yeast , some dates followed by some light bitterness, ending with a lingering caramel malt and dates flavor. Overall a pleasant, tasty and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 15:09:34 | More by Samp01
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: This sure is a dark pale ale. Mildly hazed deep orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and no lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Bready malts with caramel and toastiness. This is quite earthy with a noticeable mineral quality. Slight spicy and earthy hop character.

3.0 T: Again, bready malts, caramel, and toastiness. The mineral and iron components are quite strong and a bit offputting. It's not that bad, it just isn't my thing. I prefer cleaner brews. Anyway, earthy and spicy hop flavor with a moderate bitterness.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine. However, the beer lies a bit heavy on the tongue as it lacks creaminess.

3.0 D: Not a bad brew, but it could use some refinement and some water treatment.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 20:17:05 | More by DavoleBomb
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flagmantho

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says 5% ABV rather than the above-noted 4.8%.

Appearance: deep copper hue with a light haze and light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like it!

Smell: malt aroma is very heavy on the caramel and there is only a light touch of earthy hops. Not bad, but it's a bit on the sweet side.

Taste: very caramelly malt flavor with a touch of earthy hops and a mild-to-moderate bitterness. Not bad but a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mild carbonation. A bit on the watery side, sad to say.

Overall: not a bad beer at all, but it's got a boring mouthfeel and isn't my favorite flavor profile. It is moderately refreshing, though, and might not make a bad session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 19:12:12 | More by flagmantho
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with little head and not much lace. Pale malt, apple, wood, all in the nose. Taste is not as malty as I expected more dry and hoppy bitter with a touch of fruit, apple orchard. Feel was ok, medium light bodied and a heavy carbonatoin for the style. Overall a pretty good dark bitter but one I'd much rather have on cask.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:02:53 | More by thepeter
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samie85

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a coppery brown color with about a 1/4 finger of white head.

S-Fruity esters with rich caramel and some light, herbal hop notes.

T-Fruity and rich, dark caramel with a slight roasted quality and finishes with a light bitterness.

M-Slick and medium-full bodied with pretty low carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking... I really like the ESB style and wish I had more accessible local options that were close to what this is.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:54:30 | More by samie85
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while before I a tually got a hold of some. I was always really interested in how the bottle looked. Anyway, this brew poured out as a golden color with a thin white colored head on top. The head fades and doesn't really lace the glass at all. The smell of the beer had a slightly earthy aroma and some sweet grainy malts in there too. The taste of the beer was pretty good. It reminded me of a Fuller's ESB a little bit. The flavored were moderately bitter and it had a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected it to be. Overall this ale wasn't too bad, but I was really that into it either. I would probably drink it again but I wouldn't pay a whole lot to had it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:54:54 | More by Knapp85
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a decent head. Smells a bit coppery at that, with some breadiness, some yeasty notes, and some earthy hops. Pretty solid. The taste is pretty similar- classic English Pale Ale with the breadiness that is not overdone, the leafy, earthy hops, and the slight metallic twang of copper. Smooth in the mouth with an almost creamy finish, and a touch buttery, but that doesn't detract from the beer. Quite nice, if not the best I've had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:36:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an attractive 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky light brown, like the color of iced tea, with an off-white head that reduces to a thin lid after a couple of minutes.

Has a fruity aroma, like apple juice or pears, with hints of honey. There's an underlying biscuity malt that grows in prevalence as the beer sits.

Starts mildly bitter, with a tannic quality that hints at grapes or currants. A toffee malt kicks in mid-tongue, with hints of molasses. The biscuity aroma does not really carry through to the taste. Ends dry and clean, but not especially bitter.

Medium bodied, with a dry finish that leaves the tongue needing more.

A nice, pleasant ale, mildly fruity, and very easy drinking. Lacking the hoppiness of it's American cousin, this pale ale is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:01:04 | More by TheHoppiest
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thierrynantes

France

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : copper red color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity with hints of spicy, bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the English style Extra Strong Bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 17:57:24 | More by thierrynantes
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julian

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this might be one of my first reviews of an actual English style ESB / Pale.

A: Coppery amber in color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with decent clarity, though still a bit of haze. Thick and creamy off white head coats the surface and has no intention of leaving the party early.

S: Smells of sweet dark fruit, brown sugary malty goodness. Feels like it's going to be sweet. Not much in the way of hop aroma, although perhaps some of the fruity esters I'm picking up were facilitated by the cascade hops.

T&M: Taste is sweet, fruity, malty, and a slight bittering in the background to balance it out. This beer is definitely all about the malt though. Mouthfeel is full, very smooth almost creamy. Probably a relatively high mash temp. Lots of dark fruit on the palate, mostly raisin, some plum. Very reminiscent of a Belgian abbey ale that regard. I wonder what yeast they used.

O: Given I don't really have much to base this off of, I think it's a good beer, if not great for the style and country of origin. Not sure I could drink more than one at a time though...the sweet/fruityness is too much for my lupulin coated American palate :p

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 05:39:36 | More by julian
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colts9016

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The color of the head is an off white that is foamy and creamy. The color of the beer is dark reddish copper color and a very nice amber hue. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with a touch of clouding. The head left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: The hops are up front but they seem tainted. The hops are fruity ester, lemons, grapefruit, and pine. There is subtle solvent toasted malt, biscuit, and bread. Other notes are yeast and a sweetness.

Taste: A very muted beer that is a bit watery. The hops are floral bouquet, pine, lemon, and grapefruit. The malt is toasted, biscuit, and bread. Other notes are solvents, yeast, and sweetness.

The mouth feel the beer is watery, carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. The beer is just okay there is a good bitterness in the with a nice malt backbone. There is a good balance, just a bit old would like a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:49:04 | More by colts9016
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent beginning to the head but it dies out quickly. The liquid is deep amber color with a touch of haze.

Strong sweet caramel aroma; light hop in the background.

Good blend of sweeter crystal malts and bitter, peppery hops. The broth is quite thin. The swallow starts well balanced but gives way to bitter hop in the aftertaste. More bitter than the smell indicates.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:33:00 | More by smcolw
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ProfessorHomer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice deep coppery red. Good, creamy caramel head, average retention. Good lacing.

S: Malty, sugary sweet, wee toffee aromas. Raisiny & appley notes. This is poised to be rather exciting!

T: Malty, caramelly, sweet toffee, sugar. Some (little) hops. This is a true English ESB at its best. Not an American Pale Ale, for sure - waaay too well balanced. Brought me right back to the pubs of the Northern Lake District & Dales.

MF: Full, creamy smooth. Good English carbonation level.

D: I really, really enjoyed this one. A great pint to have with the chaps at the bar. Sooo English!

Overall: A real enjoyable pleasure! Got this "on clearance" for $2.49, wish I had bought a case, Really a taste of Northern England in a bottle. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:58:23 | More by ProfessorHomer
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No way this will be as good as it was on cask, but worth a try for old times sake. Drank many pints of this in a pub near in Hinton in the Hedges in Oxfordshire...

Pours brown/copper with a finger of of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & nice head retention as well

S: Figgyness, woody hops & raisins

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops present as well up front. Figs & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus raisins, even a touch of boozeyness. Finishes with fruittyness & leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, smooth carbonation, alright balance. Needs more malt to pull this together

Drinks alright, no where as good as the old cask version I remember

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 05:20:09 | More by russpowell
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

The copper hued body shows the slightest haze. A small, fleeting head forms and quickly settles to a film.

There's a lot of Maris Otter breadiness on the nose, along with a touch of butterscotch and fruit. A leafy hop note is barely present beneath.

Light on the tongue, but plenty flavorful. Bready and caramelized malt flavors are complemented by a buttery and fruity English yeast profile. The light body and low carbonation make the beer easy to drink, and not very filling. Drying in the finish with lingering earthy hops and toasted malt. Bitterness remains low throughout. Very balanced and quaffable, this is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 05:54:01 | More by largadeer
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an Ivory coloured head that lasts and laces.

S - Biscuit and malt on the nose, with a little toffee.

T - Quite spicey up front with a nice nutty malt flavour to follow we then get some toffee flavours before a prolonged bitter finish.

M - Very smooth indeed and medium body and low carbonation.

D - This has long been one of my favourite english ales and continues to be. It has a little of everything.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 13:40:32 | More by eric5bellies
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber/burnt orange, 1 finger head, nice lacing.

S: malt, grain, slight pine, whiff of citrus

T: sweet malt + grain up front, smooth bitter finish

M: medium body, average carbonation

D: This is a nice ESB, great session beer for the pub or any old time. Not too heavy, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 18:11:06 | More by BeerLover99
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rtepiak

Poland

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the perfect note of honey malted lemon zest that only a good esb has. dark amber with a head of two fingers that doesn't leave any lace. nose of pollen honey and lemon hints. palate is that but with a distinct bitter of black tea... lemon zest, bit-o-honey malt but subtly so, and a distinct earth bark quality of a bitter finish. quite a lean body feel. but not much alcohol to make it a heavy drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:41:37 | More by rtepiak
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1Pint .09oz bottle. 5% alc, From Capital Market, Salem.$4.49 Pale brown ale with a nice half inch eggshell white coloured head. LOvelly English malt nose..delightful as usual..caramel, fresh cut hay..nice. Smooth caramel, slightly toasty taste, the hops are underneath the chewy malts until near the end of the mouthful when they appear for a pleasing bitter end. Rather nice on the palate. Smooth and not too complex!( somethimes that is good in a beer). Overall a very nice English ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 07:12:17 | More by Reidrover
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

- Unfortunately as I later found out this is classified as a English brown rather a pale ale as indicated on label.

A: Old coppery-penny color with a bubbly and froamy sandy-beige had of average retention. A spacious macro-bubbly carbonation is stead-fast as it rises providing a fair and average coverage for lace.

S: Biscuity and dry maltiness on the opening aroma. A hint of peppery flower and dry fruit along with a leafy green hopping, vague in distinction that is followed by a trailing dry malt sweetness.

T: Spicy with a dry nutty and malty residue. Silty maltiness with a light peppery nature along with some green leafy character of fennel, tea leafs, and basil. A light fruity nature moves in with a warm holiday spicing. Nice malt-base more so then the hop level (I originally thought this was a pale from the label) with a fruitiness of green melon lying buried beneath the residual malting.

M: Milky feel with a nice tingle of carbonation. Malty lace with a spicy touch on the close.

D: Average enjoyment factor, malty, making for a nice fall style beer but in limited quantities.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:34:17 | More by beerthulhu
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Rayek

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy copper with light carbonation from fine bubbles. A rocky cream cap slowly falls to a patchwork quilt of foam. Leaves lots of lace.

S: I picked up a healthy dose of anise and black tea right out of the gate. Some bittersweet toffee and a hint of lemon sit behind them.

T: Starts out with bittersweet toffee and an almost leathery flavor. Bitterness is sharp and packs an acidic black tea bite. The beer gets a bit sour toward the end.

M: The light body is doughy and a bit too tingly.

D: This is a nice beer that felt like it would be much better fresh in a pub than out of a bottle shipped across the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:37:59 | More by Rayek
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Batemans XXXB from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
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