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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
83
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
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 shambeano:
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shambeano

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

02-08-2012 11:11:35 | More by shambeano
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2011, so it's a few months out of date.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.

05-31-2011 01:08:57 | More by jazzyjeff13
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ivanwatling

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

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

05-29-2011 16:55:07 | More by ivanwatling
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

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

10-29-2008 21:54:14 | More by JohnW
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

11-19-2012 15:58:19 | More by BlackHaddock
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eric5bellies

Australia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

02-21-2011 04:27:27 | More by eric5bellies
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-12-2013 17:49:59 | More by vinicole
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-30-2014 15:01:08 | More by tbone64
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-15-2012 03:03:56 | More by pin
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Manxguy

Isle of Man

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-22-2012 20:02:17 | More by Manxguy
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DerekKetelaars

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-22-2013 11:17:20 | More by DerekKetelaars
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

10-13-2011 23:46:59 | More by EmperorBevis
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Linalmeemow

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

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...

08-29-2009 19:57:35 | More by Linalmeemow
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mtrain237

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-30-2012 22:27:27 | More by mtrain237
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-29-2011 17:32:42 | More by cdwil
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gloveman

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-02-2012 21:08:52 | More by gloveman
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

01-21-2011 20:18:55 | More by Zimbo
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

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

10-04-2011 16:02:32 | More by StJamesGate
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

08-26-2013 03:39:13 | More by Hoppsbabo
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

07-19-2011 01:46:34 | More by laituegonflable
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petluo

Finland

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

05-08-2012 10:29:42 | More by petluo
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-24-2012 12:58:11 | More by harpus
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AgentMunky

California

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

11-08-2010 19:46:28 | More by AgentMunky
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

05-01-2011 21:28:11 | More by Brabander
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

11-20-2011 19:27:37 | More by BDTyre
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Victory Ale from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
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