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

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very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2002)
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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grainy and gristy as it says on the label, caramel nuts, with a dry tea-like citrus hop finish, none of the ingredients are too well noticed, they're just there and pretty well balanced, if a bit predictable and boring, would probably benefit from cask conditioning (had it from bottle).

rastaman, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of Doiv
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a delightful golden ruby colour with a nice thick tan head, which lasts forever. The lacing left is easily noticeable.

The nose is hoppy, fruity, slightly bready, and has a little cinnamon backbite to tweak the olfactories into gear.

The taste is also somewhat spicy, with fruity and hoppy tones to compliment. It is also quite bready in taste, almost akin to scones.

The mouthfeel is excellent and the clean refreshment this pint provides makes it drinkable.

Top stuff Bateman's!

Doiv, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of downes51
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bateman's beers can be an acquired taste. Well, I've paid my dues, I've worked hard at it and at the end I have to say it's all been worth the effort... this XXXB (pronounced tripple-ex-bee) is an outstanding English Strong Ale. Hoppy, slightly water-hard (a Batemans characteristic) strong and full-flavoured. Reccommended, but not a session beer.

downes51, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of koolk
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong orange-burgundy in colour with firm carbonation and a tough thick head.

Top aromas of fruits, spicy malt and leafy hops mingle together seemlessly and very very plesantly.

Palate is long, thick, full and not overly bitter. Strong darkish fruit flavours come through (dried fruits perhaps?) with a decent spicy bitter kick, but again, nothing out of control.

A wonderfully balanced beer that is worth the asking price.

koolk, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of diablo14
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

XXXB is without doubt the best English ale i've ever had. There just aren't enough good things I can say about it. If I was only able to drink this beer for the rest of my life i'd be more than happy.

Gorgeous deep amber color with a thick golden head that never quits. Big aromas of dried fruits, malt and a wonderful hoppy scent. Biscuity malt flavors with raisins, plums and a little orange. Traces of toasted nuts also. The finish has a little hint of anise spice. Spectacular hops bitterness that is dry but incredibly smooth. Rolls over the tongue like magic, and really awakens the senses. Firm in body, full in flavor and for all of its character its still highly drinkable.

There's plenty of English ales I love out there, and XXXB heads the list. It's everything you want the style to be, only better. This beer is so good, its one of those that you can remember vividly even if you haven't had one for months. The mere thought of it brings memories of the wonderful flavors and aromas, complex yet subtle. Absolutely brilliant.

diablo14, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of John
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This became one of a number of favorites during a relatively short stay in London. Classic English ale displaying superb malt/hop balance.

John, Jan 23, 2002
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Batemans XXXB from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.