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Victory Ale - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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Victory AleVictory Ale

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BA SCORE
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-25-2005)
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Reviews by Dentist666:
Photo of Dentist666
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with decent tan head, lingering for a long time. Sediment is detected. Hops, dried fruits and caramel in aroma. Rather sweet and well-balanced body, hidden alcohol, moderate carbonation, fruity (prunes definitely) malt transforms into excellent bitter finish. Positively drinkable beer.

Dentist666, Nov 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2011, so it's a few months out of date. It's been quietly maturing in my garage and hopefully hasn't suffered too much.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy coppery-amber colour with good carbonation, though this slackens off after a while. Yields a large frothy head of tan foam that disappears rapidly. Complex, sweetish aroma of malt with notes of yeast, fruit esters, caramel, toffee, bread and faint stewed leaves. Also a whiff of solvent/alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, fruity finish. Notes of caramel, yeast, esters and bread. A mild flavour of stewed hops but no hoppy aroma and little bitterness to speak of. The alcohol is discernible and adds a warming note. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and slightly dry on the palate. Aftertaste of rich, fruity malt and yeast esters.

A well-crafted strong ale with a complex blend of flavours. A bit too sweet for my liking and lacking in hop character, but the yeasty notes are pretty good. I wonder if the age of the bottle impacted on the hop flavours, but it didn't seem to deteriorate too badly. Worth seeking out to try.

jazzyjeff13, May 31, 2011
Photo of ivanwatling
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious, smooth strong ale

Appearance: No much of a head, very clear amber colour

Smell: Slightly hoppy aroma, but really not much going on

Taste: This is where it gets good. Wonderful balance of hops and malt, smoothly blending together in a delicious dance.

Mouthfeel: Warming from the highish alcohol content, lingering delicate bitterness and a coating of sweetness. Restrained carbonation

ivanwatling, May 29, 2011
Photo of JohnW
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured medium dark bronze, not very much head but crystal clear and attractive appearance.
Aroma was malty, slightly sweet and hints of dried fruit.
Taste reflected this, initially very malty and fairly rich, but not heavy, some sweetness on the tongue, but never excessive or cloying. Hints of dried fruit and spices, very little hop bitterness at all, but well balanced for the style. Would not have guessed at its 6% alc, seemed more like 4.5% to me - thus making it easy to drink.

I enjoyed this and whilst its easy to drink, I think the sweetness would count against it becoming a session beer!

JohnW
B'ham UK Oct 2008

JohnW, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +7.8%

woodchip, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two hand-pulled pints at The Elephant & Castle, Dawley on 27th Oct 2012.

5.9%ABV in cask form: light amber in body colour with a good head of white bubbles on top.

The nose isn't strong but you can find fruity notes and malty molasses easy enough.

The taste follows the aroma nicely, with a smooth caramel maltiness and a mixed fruit bowl sort of flavour. Fairly sweet and very easy to drink with a mild bitterness never far from the surface.

The body depth was fine and suited the alcohol content and flavours well: first time I've had this in cask form: hope we meet again one day.

BlackHaddock, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours an Amber colour with a white fluffy head that reduces to a film.

S - Caramel and small hop aromas present.

T - Nice crisp flavours of hopps and citrus and a dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Very drinkable ale and recommended.

eric5bellies, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

vinicole, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -19.1%

tbone64, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -19.1%

pin, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Manxguy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Manxguy, May 22, 2012
Photo of DerekKetelaars
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DerekKetelaars, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass while Ziggy played guitar.

Not much of an aroma, had to stick my nose right into the foamy sporadic white big bubbled head but when it hit the notes were of orange peel, mango and candy floss.

High carbonisation fuels a bitter sweet caramel apple and potato peel mix taste with hops bringing up the rear.

Not quite the victory of Trafalgar mixed but heroic like the raid on St. Nazaire, plucky and defiant but still a long way to go.

EmperorBevis, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Linalmeemow
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good, for such a reasonably priced and readily available beer.

Doesn't look or smell particularly special, but is a deep, rich, sweet ale that is very drinkable indeed. Carbonation is noticeable but not overpowering and there's a warming alcohol feel as it goes down.

I drink this regularly, if that's an indication of whether it's any good...

Linalmeemow, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Dark copper or amber appearance. Small head with mild but acceptable level of lacing.

A muted aroma gives floral hop notes and sweet malt aromas. A good but unremarkable English ale aroma.

The taste is full bodied and malty with a medium amount of bitterness and pleasant peppery English hops in evidence.

Overall, this is a very tasty English Pale Ale. The 6.3% abv is higher than most English Pale ales and seems to give a more full bodied and satisfying depth of flavour.
This is a bit like an amped up Timothy Taylor's Landlord and that is no bad thing.

86/100

LagerCognoscenti, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of gloveman
3/5  rDev -19.1%

gloveman, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of BobAshton
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BobAshton, Nov 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

windypete, Yesterday at 04:24 PM
Photo of Zimbo
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really have a soft spot for cask Batemans and it was nice to find this again when I least expected it.

Split between and ISO tasting glass and a straight high tumbler this had a light copper colour and not much more than a couple of whips of head.

Quite smooth and spritzy on the edge it starts malty and devlops some apple fruit, light spice and sulphury elements. Sadly lacks definition and individuality though.

Victory? Really not much more than a skirmish.

Zimbo, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty gold with loose white foam of big bubbles that fades but clings and rings. Nose English hops - wood and orange - with white bread dough, mango, bark and spice.
Malts of toffee, poached pear, golden syrup, and apricot, then cedar oil, citronella, ginger and nutmeg hops.
Medium to full, round and creamy, a bit of chew.

Big ale! Very sweet, but some aggressive hops to balance. A solid entry from a good brewer.

*from notes

StJamesGate, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Amber body with a small and frothy off-white head.

S: Slightly metallic. That wheatgerm fish food graininess, but overall not a lot of smell.

T: Wow. Has a sharp bitterness and it's very crisp. Plums maybe? Almost no aftertaste though. Sharp, bitter and balances the sweetness just right. Has some alcoholic lacquer flavour further down the glass. To reiterate, no aftertaste. Very good though. Slightly fruity toffee in there. Nothing stands out, there is no centrepiece, it's just nice and balanced with a very clean finish.

M: Tingly effervescenve.

O: Hard to describe this one but I liked it.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 26, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished copper colour with big bubbled head that doesn't hang around. Fair bead, decent lace. Bit fizzy, nice colour though.

Smells malty more than anything. Sweet, with English toffee, vanilla, creme brulée and a touch of grass and phenol lingering behind. Pleasant, malty and nice and mild otherwise.

Tastes very English, but without a lot of that toffee. Mild malty undertones quickly develops bitterness from the mid with grassy notes, and medicinal touches from black tea and some Asian greens. Mellows out nicely by the finish, in an English malty kind of way. Ultimately very mild for 6% and enjoyable enough.

Full body, with a slight sharp top to it, with a bit of fizz. Warm enough, not hot.

Pleasant English ale; there's a slight sour edge to the palate which is quite likeable. Mild bitterness, nice malty balance.

laituegonflable, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of petluo
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

petluo, May 08, 2012
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Victory Ale from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.