Rosey Nosey - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Persimmon orange with edges of polished brass and a tidy looking crown of cork colored suds. Good visual character, good persistence and good enough lace. Guess that means the appearance deserves a good score. Even more impressive lace (thick and fuzzy rings) is laid down in the end.
The nose is more classic English ale than winter warmer. Then again, interpretations of this style vary widely among breweries. Toasted bready aromas combine with a bruised apple fruitiness... and no spiciness. Nothing but the four basics here.
There's nothing especially Yule-like about Rosey Nosey Holiday Ale on the palate either. This seasonal offering tastes like a caramel/crystal malted EPA or ESB with more biting hoppiness than most. 35 IBUs is up there for the English. Okay, so this stuff is pretty festive after all... from a hophead's perspective.
Maris Otter pale, crystal and wheat malts contribute at least as much flavor as the hops (Goldings, Challenger, Liberty). Bitterness supercedes sweetness, however, since this bottle is only several months old at the very most. Specifics include well-toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, overripe apples and black tea leaves.
The mouthfeel isn't too bad considering the ABV. On the other hand, a winter ale ought to be slightly more bulky than this and the hang-on could be longer. The bubbles are a little too sharp and stinging as well, which negates whatever creaminess might've been present.
Rosey Nosey is nowhere near your typical American winter warmer, which makes sense since it isn't brewed in America by Americans. It looks like slightly darker malts, abundant hops and a higher-than-a-session-ale ABV are enough to qualify for Christmas ale status in the U.K.
01-07-2011 13:54:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +3%
I know its a little early for the winter warmers but today was cold and damp so I figured this was appropriate.Poured a clear lighter bronze color with a thin quick to fade white head,faint aromas of caramel biscuit,some metallic,and a bit of dark toast.Flavors a nice and fruity with that dark dry toast and a light herbal finish.Its a lighter bodied holiday brew,not one thing stands out but its appetizing,not bad.
10-27-2009 22:01:54 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
16.9oz brown bottle with a bottle code that I can't decipher.
Quick formation of two fingers of head, crackle pop to a thin lace that is resilient enough to leave some stickage on the glass. Buttery malt sweetness, peppery earthy minty hop, faint salt and some over-ripened fruit in the nose. Smooth and slick with a creamy medium body. Buttery, hint of sulphur, white chocolate sweetness meets a bowl of ripe fruit which end up being mainly raisins. Maltiness drops toffee and toasted honey biscuits. Hop bitterness is scattered but the flavor lingers with earthy, woody, peppery notes. Hint of estery alcohol in the back, mild. Flash of salt, toasted malt and herbal hop remnant in the semi-dry finish.
A bottle of controlled chaos, a lot going on here in this averaged sized package. I dig it, English and all ... it seems to work and comes up as being a quick sipper for me.
01-22-2010 01:41:35 | More by Jason
United Kingdom (England)
2.68/5 rDev -26%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV is stated as 4.7%.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber hue with good carbonation. Forms a small off-white head that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of toffee, butterscotch and stewed hops. A hint of diacetyl and a whiff of alcohol in the background.
Tastes of caramel malt with a lingering bitter finish. Notes of toffee, brown sugar and stewed leaves, followed by a harsh bitterness. A whisper of diacetyl in the background. Mouthfeel is rather thin, with tingly carbonation and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves.
A seriously underwhelming Christmas ale with a weak and unpleasant character. Lots missing from this one; more malt and a sweeter, fruitier, spicier flavour. The harsh bitterness can go as well. Not impressed - a beer to avoid.
12-28-2011 23:52:11 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Review from notes
Pours copper/auburn with a pinky of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing
S: Apricots & leafy hops, persimmons as this warms
T: Much dark fruittyness; figs & apricots, plus breadyness & leafy hops & a touch of butterscotch up front. Figgyness & woody hops dominate as this warms, slight hints of mint as well. Finishes dry, very fruitty with more woody hops; this is not really the sum of it's parts
MF: Light bodied, light carbonation & okay balance
Drinks easy enough, but falls way short of my expectations. This brewery kicks ass with its cask offerings, this bottled offering doesn't come close to measuring up...
01-01-2011 06:13:53 | More by russpowell
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Not quite sure about the age of this beer (new to our market, but is packaged differently from the Batemans XXXB). Stamp on the neck reads "9188 198B"... oh nevermind, that clears it up....
Brought straight up from the cellar, and poured into the Two Brothers Imperial Pint glass.
A - Two fingers of tan head with an almost orange tint. The body has perfect clarity, light mahogany with orange tints as well. The foam completely disappeared after a few minutes, without leaving even a goodbye note (or thin ring/slight lacing for that matter)
S - Ginger, mild clove and nutmeg spiciness are balanced with a mild herbal quality all on a politely big British toasty-caramel-nutty(almond/peacan)-biscuty malt body. Mild sweet orange citrus and earthy hop notes barely puncture the malt and yeast aromas to complete this very British aroma.
T - If I was ever going to make ginger snap cookies, I imagine that they would taste very similar to this beer, complete with the lingering sweet spice finish. Sweet caramel malt, evergreen gum-esque herbs, mild clove spice in the mid-palate, ginger throughout, all scream "Cookie!" to me... The only departure from the cookie impersonation is the earthy, almost mushroom like flavor I seem to be picking up from the hops along with the mild citrus and spice, along with lingering minerals in the finish.
M - Very soft mouthfeel, with the low carbonation that one would expect from Batemans. I was hoping for a little more viscosity in the body, however.
D - A very mild winter warmer, yet still screams "Holidays!" Malty, English in every way, with a nice balance between spices and malts. The hops, while very mild, did add extra complexity to the ale. In a season full of breweries using spices with reckless abandon, a milder brew like this has it's place, particularly to liven up a dry Thanksgiving meal.
My one concern is again with the age of this bottle. This is a new brewery to my market, so if the bottle is old, it's been sitting at the brewery or importer's warehouse, but I can not ever imagine referring to this beer as having a "generous hop flavour" as Bateman's website states. I know it's not going to be Hop Slam, but still at 35 IBUs, I would predict a little more hop presence.
11-23-2009 05:34:46 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
A: Dark coppery-orange from the bottle with a pie crust colored head that was soapy and weak. A beautiful ruby-burgundy when backlighted shows a crystal clarity and a slow lazy rising effervesce centered within.
S: Fruity nose mixes with cherry wood and sweet toasted grains. Dried apple peels with a light spicy hopping. Light and refrained.
T: The flavor was toasted sweet of crystal malts, with strong raisiny hints, perhaps from a darker variety. Light rum alcohol notes with some figs add some support and holiday cheer much like a dried fruit cake. Touches of fennel and rosewood while it finishes dry with some dark crystal malt raisiny notes.
M: Tight and bubbly mouthful, malty and syrupy of medium weight.
O: Overall not your typical overly spiced holiday beer, has a more subtle, maltier variety with a dark raisiny finish. The more it warms up, the more evident the dark crystal malts and raisiny tones become.
09-29-2011 22:37:21 | More by beerthulhu
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. However, there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, caramel, raisins and some butterscotch. It's a mostly sweet malty aroma. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some toasted malt and figs. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it certainly goes down easy enough. I think it's a decent brew, it's definitely worth a try.
11-14-2010 00:16:46 | More by bluejacket74
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
500ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.
A. Copper/autumnal red beer with a slightly off white, bubbly head.
S. Some Maris Otter malt, apart from that not a lot detected.
T. Juicy malt, a nice hop presence, a touch of red fruit - maybe cherry or strawberry.
M. Medium, slightly carbonated.
D. A very good Christmas beer from the Wainfleet brewery. Not the strongest Christmas beer but will certainly give the higher abv's a run for their money. Also suitable for vegans.
02-11-2011 15:18:07 | More by AEK
3.73/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a half liter bottle into a mug. ABV of 5.0%.
Appearance: Off-white head. Clear dark orange body. I was expecting this to be much darker.
Smell: A little bit of raisin in the aroma. Otherwise not alot going on.
Taste: More raisins and some fig in the taste. But it isn't really fruity. Appropriate level of hop bitterness.
11-14-2009 05:42:21 | More by BierFan
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
Brown 500ml bottle.
Poured into a Gordon's thistle glass (twice).
Looks a picture, clear, dark terracota with a fine slightly off-white head.
Aroma is sweet and Christmas pudding smelling, caramel and cinnamon come to mind.
Tastes of hops and malted biscuits, fairly bitter, but the fruitiness in the aroma tempers the flavour to produce a very good beer.
The mixture of flavours stay in the mouth, 4.9% isn't heavy, the mouthfeel reflects that.
All in all, a very good beer. I had three pints of this beer with my Christmas dinner in 2006, I don't choose any old beer to have on that day!
04-20-2007 21:34:30 | More by BlackHaddock
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
Drank from my Bombardier conisc pint glass.
A - Pours a red copper colour with an off white creamy head that reduces to a film and laces the glass.
S - Sweet caramel, dark fruit, toffee and some yeast.
T - Grain and some fruity type malts with caramel. Finishes with some bitterness.
M - Low carbonation but medium to full bodied.
D - Decent sessionable ale
02-19-2011 14:32:33 | More by eric5bellies
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from a (500ml??) bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.
Stunningly clear copper/ amber supports a thick meringue of vanilla caramel khaki, Excellent lacing.
aroma of toffee, lightly toasted pale malt and a herbal hoppiness.
taste: huge malt presence followed by some plums and an old oaky sort of tea like bitterness.
notes: Calls itself a Holiday Ale. Kind of an Old Ale to me but it is good, a malt bomb with accompanying bitterness and some vinous, fruity flavor and a touch of oak. Good stuff.
12-30-2012 10:07:57 | More by fx20736
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
A: mahogony reddish/brown, very thin, tiny head that lasts, minimal lacing.
S: malty, yeasty.
T: quite hoppier than expected, adequate carbonation; bread, caramel & walnut notes. Some slight fruit note of raisin and/or cherries. Malty sweet taste throughout. Bitter lingertaste.
M: full, creamy, solid carbonation.
Overall: an interesting beer - lots of subtle things in this one. Not your typical winter warmer at all, certainly not one of those overspiced/high ABV creations. Try one!
03-27-2011 16:15:45 | More by ProfessorHomer
2.88/5 rDev -20.4%
Aromas of rum-spiked Christmas cookies, light biscuity malt, almonds and some herbal hops.
The tastes are mainly dry grainy malts with a slight roasty finish, herbal tea, a bit woody, finishes as dry as it starts with a vegetal and slightly bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation and the typical English minerally texture.
Overall this is an average Winter Warmer at best; nothing "bad" bu nothing memorable or thoroughly enjoyable. Very sessionable but no need to repeat anytime soon.
12-05-2010 01:27:50 | More by claspada
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Ruddy amber plum color. One and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention was lacking, but a decent amount of lacing was left behind.
3.5 S: Malt heavy featuring caramel, toffee, and raisin and plum fruitiness. A few doses of mineral as well. Breadiness from the yeast. Quite earthy without much of a hop presence.
3.5 T: Bready foremost with caramel, light toffee, plum and raisin fruitiness and possibly some dates. Again a good bit of mineral. Yeasty.
3.5 M: Medium body. Mellow carbonation, but appropriate. Lightly creamy.
3.5 D: Decent beer, but not very exciting overall.
05-18-2012 00:29:47 | More by DavoleBomb
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Clear dark amber colored ale with a wispy white head.
Smell is sweet and herbal with the scent of English style hops. Butter, leather, leaf tobacco and toffee candy. Little bit of cinnamon and ginger.
Starts out much drier than it smells. Butter and toffee with a little lemon, not very spiced though. Little bit of cinnamon and that is about it. Mostly this tastes like an English Pale Ale.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall this is OK. Nothing special here, I can take it or leave it.
12-29-2011 03:03:10 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot to produce a rich dark brown body with reddish hues and a thin big bubbled head.
The aroma given off by this beer is malty biscuit, hops and all spice.
The taste is nice but not really enough with bitter notes red fruits and hints of cinnamon but it finish with a nasty artificial metallic taste.
worth a try but really left me cold for a winter warmer.
12-06-2011 21:47:46 | More by EmperorBevis
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
Dark amber body topped by a thick tan head, lacing was thick but on the bottom third of the glass only. Mouthfeel was substantial and taste had a sweet malty profile with some cherry like fruitiness. Another nice cask offering. Enjoyed this ale with dinner at one of my favorite London pubs. Good match with food.
01-23-2003 15:53:41 | More by Mark
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 4.9%. Copper coloured beer, moderate off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, hints of grassy hops too. Malty flavour, medium sweet, caramel and a hint of fruit (preserved cherries?). A dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Okay.
02-13-2011 16:36:13 | More by Sigmund
4.16/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured into a balloon glass.
The beer is a beautiful dark ruby red color with a cream colored head that recedes to a bubbly film. Light lacing sticks to the glass initially.
The aroma is subdued with notes of caramel and cherry coming out.
The taste starts out with a good warm caramel note before easing into cherry tartness and a subdued cinnamon spice in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium to light in weight and very smooth.
Overall, this is just really delicious and easy to drink. A nice holiday ale from the UK.
12-01-2013 01:39:56 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a medium to light bronze with little head that fades quickly away. faint aroma of winter-ish spices (nutmeg, cloves and the like) and a bready note to it.
Flavor is that of a deep spicy malt characteristic. with a finish of hops at the end of the flavor. well balanced, but fairly mild.
medium carbonation to the beer with a medium body to it.
Overall, it is very enjoyable. Makes for a good cool day beer to warm you up and get you in the mood for the winter months.
11-09-2009 00:33:18 | More by Twitchsey
2.9/5 rDev -19.9%
Appearance: light brown, good clarity, medium layer of frothy tan foam, good head retention, lace
Aroma: rum-spiked Christmas cookies, malt, almonds, herbally hops
Flavor: dry grainy malt backbone with a roasty edge, slight acidity, hint of peppery alcohol, a bit woody, finishes as dry as it starts with a vegetal and slightly bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, minerally texture
Other comments: The label states that this beer "will really complement your turkey" (Ooh, what crispy skin you have!). Well, I don't have any turkey here, but it goes pretty well with peanuts!
01-18-2005 18:23:04 | More by GreenCard
Rosey Nosey from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.