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

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2002)
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

pin, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Hoppsbabo
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.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of jnjander
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jnjander, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Samp01
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.

Samp01, May 25, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of BCash
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BCash, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of thepeter
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.

thepeter, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

avaldivia, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Campodog
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Campodog, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Sarunas7
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Sarunas7, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of samie85
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.

samie85, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Jasba
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jasba, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of SRossman
5/5  rDev +29.2%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
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.

TheHoppiest, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of thierrynantes
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.

thierrynantes, May 31, 2011
Photo of julian
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

julian, May 13, 2011
Batemans XXXB from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.