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

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-25-2005

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by ivanwatling:
Photo of ivanwatling
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2011, so it's a few months out of date.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.

Photo of JohnW
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

B'ham UK Oct 2008

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Linalmeemow
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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...

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.


Photo of Zimbo
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium-light clear brown, light fizzy head, bubbles rise from the bottom. Caramel-coloured and pleasant.

S: Caramel malts, some hops.

T: Malty crisp. Nicely balanced. Some citrus notes before the hopped-dry aftertaste.

M: Very nice. Exciting, biscuity, fun.

D: Exceedingly drinkable. A bit strong for a session, but consuming several seems an enjoyable endeavour.

Photo of Brabander
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle Victory ale from Blackhaddock when we met at the Christmas beer festival in Essen, Belgium. Had it all the time in my fridge and today, on my birthday, opened it for a UK beer tasting.

Poured in my La Trappe small tasting glass the beer has an ambercoloured fluid. Not too big head which was gone very fast.

Not the highlight of the day but a normal ale with a good mouthfeel.

Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to light copper colour with a nice, thin white head that disappears quite quickly.

Big biscuity malts, nice mild hops. Caramel and fruits in the nose. This comes through in the taste - nice, biscuity and caramely malts. Mild hops, decent bitterness.

Carbonation is a bit high - this seems really "bright" on the tongue. Not a bad beer though, a good beer to sit and sip.

Photo of seedyone
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

07/02/13 At Rattle N Hum on cask in a key keg. Not sure what that all means but the lacing looks like a nitro. Has a slight sourness that adds to the enjoyment.

Photo of FLima
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of earthy hops, biscuit malt, caramels, blueberries and spices.
Smooth operator, it has a unique flavor that is hard to describe with notes of tangerine peel, nutmeg, sweet plums, pear, blueberries, English hops and apple puree. Dry aftertaste with a nice medium bitterness and a light tartness.
Light body with low carbonation.
Very easy and fun to drink English Pale Ale, but not really trivial as it looks like. It is quite fruity with a nice bitterness and some spices, but all very velvety.

Photo of kmacphail
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I happily accepted a bottle of this at my mate's house recently, I must admit I was worried I would be given a bottle of lager.

The beer poured a dark bronze colour with a decent white head that displayed solid retention throughout the drink.

The nose was completely bland, slight hint of malts and nothing else a very disappointing start.

However this was rectified in the taste. Malts mainly dominate the taste buds with a strong fruity after-taste, a medium - light bodied beer which left a dry taste and also a delayed after-taste of spices.

A good beer, at 6% it may be a bit too strong for a session beer, however it was very drinkable.

Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange copper colour with a still body and a thin, bubbly head that is slightly off-white in colour and stays consistently for a few minutes.

Not as strong on the nose as I would have expected from a 6% abv. beer but I can detect some light malts and a very mild mix of fruit, possibly some orange along with a hint of caramel. There is some biscuit and a touch of spice towards the end of this one but like I say, the aroma was fairly weak on this one.

Earthy malts and a blend of toffee, caramel and background fruity flavours along with a good, bitter base. There was some good spicy notes throughout along with a little bit of sweetness and some sugar from the fruits.

Medium to well carbonated with a medium body and a fair amount of spice to the beer. Quite a wet feel to the beer and as expected, plenty of bitterness as well.

Quite a nice pale ale and one that I enjoyed although had the aroma been a stronger one then I could have easily rated this one higher, it wasn't a bad smell just a fairly weak one that was a struggle to detect. The alcohol content was pretty well hidden until the very end of the drink when it started to make itself known.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Getting harder to try EPA after EPA since they taste so similar. This is an above-average, but unremarkable rendition. The higher ABV helps this out quite a bit, allowing for more flavor and mouthfeel than all the 4% EPAs here. Typical malt and biscuit on the nose with very muted English hops. Flavor is same. Good, but not memorable.

Photo of shambeano
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear copper, with about 1cm of bubbly head that quickly subsides to a whisper. looks pretty good.

S- malty, caramel and toffee straight up. a touch of a peppery herbal hop, and some bitterness. everything is pleasant, but a little underwhelming.

T- malty to begin with, toffee and caramel again, there is a very slight touch of alcohol heat at the back which adds a spicy character. also some peppery spicy hops near the finish, the bitterness seems underwhelming at first, but builds as you go along. i enjoyed the taste.

M- lighter to mid bodied, not much carbonation happening, the bitterness gets the back of the mouth going.

O- a tasty beer, nothing exceptional, but on an mild autumns day i could easily enjoy a couple.

Photo of woosterbill
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Handpump half-pint at the Southwark Tavern.

A: Hazy reddish-amber body with a thin cap of off-whtie foam. Mediocre retention, very light lace. Meh.

S: Fruity, boozy, sweet. Toffee, caramel, candied apple. Intense, but more than a little unbalanced.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Rotten fruit, melted caramel, toffee, creme brulee, and tons of candy apple. Rather oppressive.

M: Soft, sticky, well-carbonated. Good for what it is.

O: This beer was simply not enjoyable, but I have to give it some credit for at least being forcefully flavorful. At least it wasn't boring.


Photo of Dentist666
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of charlatan
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this in Morrisons in Glasgow, well away from its source in Lincolnshire so I'm surprised there aren't more reviews. It pours a dark amber with a reasonable head and has a sweet figgy smell.

The taste isn't at all what I was expecting, but it is interesting. Apricot hits me almost immediately and just as I start to ponder whether this is supposed to be some kind of wheat beer rather than pale ale understated but rather herbal hops take over very, very slowly and leave an aftertaste. The feel becomes rather grainy. Good stuff: definitely more interesting than the average pale ale. There is a slight hint of alcohol.

Photo of brendan13
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange/light copper colour with a 3cm slightly off white head that falls quite fast.
S - Floral, marmalade, light spice hops with some light sweet malt hints.
T - The hop flavours come through in the taste; floral and marmalade with some light sweetish malt with subtle biscuit and light toffee hints.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, low carbonation, noticeable bitterness.
O - A wonderful English Pale Ale. A touch less sweetness could make it fantastic.

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Victory Ale from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.