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

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87
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2002)
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Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. No freshness info. is given on the label.
A: in a straight pint glass it pours a pale-copperish hue, with a thick and fluffy foamy head which slowly settles, leaving uneven sheets of lacing along the way; gentle streams of big bubbles.
S: as hoppy as malty upfront--semi-sweetish, almost candyish, biscuity malts with light touches of caramel are supported solidly by pronounced floral hops and beautifully tuned appleish aroma. A harmony in front of my nose, I must say.
T&M: delicious biscuity maltiness is intertwined with a slightly spicy, leafy hoppyness followed by lots of dried fruits, marmalade/ tangeine peel, licorice, a hint of (not sweet) caramel, and a profound black-tea like bitter-sweet aftertaste lingering towards the very last minute of tasting. The nectar on the palate is so tender and caressing, while a lively texture is retained throughout.
D: medium-bodied and very flavoursome, this is a truly lovely premium bitter. The bottled one I'm tasting now seems to be more pronounced in hoppyness than my last pint on cask which was predominantly malty. But as both versions are at 4.8%abv., I presume them to be of the same recipe? Both are very good though. Go, Go, Bateman's!!

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).

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Batemans XXXB from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.