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Rosey Nosey - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-23-2003)
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bateman's Rosey Nosey

Pours a bright copper color, with a soapy white head. Aromas of toffee, butterscotch, caramel and floral, herbal hop. In the taste, toffee, buttery diacetyl, and a nice bit of noble hop bitterness. Much akin to the English ESB, this is certainly more of a bitter than a warmer. Refreshingly unspiced (though there is a vague suggestion of white pepper and cinnamon in the finish), this drinks like an English session ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and overall, this is a nice simple brew.

Stinkypuss, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer took me by surprise in a number of ways, although it wound up being fairly unexceptional in the end. First, it poured a very clear dark gold color with a modest head and lacing to match; was expecting a much darker brew. Also, carbonation was quite lively; ultimately even a bit prickly on the tongue, which I didn’t expect from this nearly 2-year old bottle.

Aroma and taste were both fairly mild; trace sweetness; bready malt, light spices, pretty much no hop presence save a little bittering at the end. As the beer warmed some little details emerged, particularly the raisin/date/general fruitcake flavor, toffee, and woody notes.

Not all that interesting overall. Easy drinking with light flavors for a winter warmer; not bad but a little bland and a touch overcarbonated for my liking.

tobelerone, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to deep amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, dark fruit, especially raisins. In the taste, dark fruit, especially raisin and a small malt backing. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry raisin like fruitiness in the aftertaste. Big raisin flavor with a lighter body, OK, but nothing exciting.

OWSLEY069, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

EmperorBevis, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of SRossman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reading the other reviews here, I have begun to wonder if I had a bad bottle. The beer I cracked open was utterly undrinkable, and I dumped the entire thing after about six sips. Was it the beer? Or just that my taste is tremendously different from everyone else's? Who can say.

But what I can say is:

The beer poured a rich copper with a thin, airy head that quickly faded to nothing. The nose was very rich with a lot of malty-sweetness, toffee, copper, prunes, and overripe fruit.

It was very, very syrupy with very little carbonation. Cloying sweet with a whallop of intense flavors. Most of the flavors centered around rotten fruit, with a bit of prune juice and cloves mixed in. As it warmed, it got sweeter, a little breadier, but really way too rotten tasting to be drinkable for my palate.

I generally love winter warmers, but this beer didn't have that full, overripe fruit flavor that can be so appealing in a beer. Rather, that fruitiness went straight to a rotten flavor that I just couldn't get past.

Drink with caution.

rinhaak, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Annesemj, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +10.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerthulhu, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a deep red color with a creamy looking white head. The lacing on the glass is pretty good. The smell of the beer was had some nice sweet malt aromas with a touch of spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty nice. Wasn't able to pick up too much of the Christmasy flavors. The malts were good and there was a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and really drinkable. Overall it's not bad, I would drink it again.

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer form Blackhaddock on the Christmas beerfestival in Essen, Belgium. Thanks Jeremy!

Poured out this beer in a La Trappe tasting glass today. It should be a winterwarming beer but today with sunny weather this beer tasted OK.

Darkred fluid and light foamy head. Neutral smell, some cherries. In the taste you can get some cherrie in the first sip, after that this cherrie taste is gone. Light somewhat sweettasting beer.

Brabander, May 01, 2011
Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

ProfessorHomer, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

eric5bellies, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Sigmund
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sigmund, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

AEK, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug. It pours a clear, copper-colored body under a small, beige head. Bready nose with some fruity hops, just as expected from a low ABV English old ale. The flavor is much the same, sweet, bready and with dried fruits. Bready finish as well. Dryish mouthfeel, even though it's rather sweet. Sure, it's drinkable and quite tasteful, but too boring to make it very interesting. Not impressed for the winter concept category.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

russpowell, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with a tight creamy eggshell head with ample trailers. Nose is citrus and spice hops with some buttered batch loaf maltiness. Hazelnut, caramel and crusty bread malts, diacetyl Werther's Original hit in the middle, nutmeg, wood oil and dried orange rind (holiday punch?) hops. Tinny finish, mild golden raisin and spice linger. Round and smooth, medium, with some chew.

Does a great job of tasting holiday-ish without added spice, and is dead on with the body - not too heavy or light. Maple, as another review says - combines wood, sweet, and spice. Wheat smooths out the feel. I could see staying on this all Christmas day.

StJamesGate, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

claspada, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours an off white finger sized head that quickly fades, but leaves a thin layer on top of the brew with some residual lacing. The brew is a nice clear, deep copper color.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, raisins, toffee and some fresh baked bread along with some earthy hop.

Tastes very much as it smells - sweet caramel maltiness, raisins and maybe figs. Nicely balanced earthy herbal hop flavor that almost lends a tea quality.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Mildly carbonated.

Drinkability is high on this one, easily a sessionable brew.

A winter warmer, albeit lighter in abv that I would expect in a winter warmer, but having said that - it is worthy of a try.

ujsplace, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bluejacket74, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, let me start out by saying I got a case of this for FREE in a raffle so no matter how I thought this beer would taste I'd feel like a winner.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that this seasonal ale that the pub was giving away was actually quite tasty!

The beer pours a dark amber color with a decent head. The smell isn't particularly strong, though it has a sweet and pleasant aroma.

The first tasting notes is that it is very sweet - with a heavy maple flavor with some carmel notes. It strikes me as quite similar to bourbon! The beer is a bit of a contradiction to me because the flavor is robust and sweet, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin and even a little chewy.

This beer was quite a pleasant surprise, and though I wouldn't order it often it works quite well as a pleasant seasonal ale during the cold winter months.

ManuelHerrera, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear nice copper color. Light spicy, malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light spices and hints of caramel. $7.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Feb 20, 2010
Rosey Nosey from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.