Black Pepper
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
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3.55 | pDev: 7.61%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Black PepperBlack Pepper
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and on the neck is a cardboard sleeve with a pepper packet
Now I would have presumed this was to hide a very poor beer
But there is already a good dash of cracked black pepper in it and even behind that

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3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Picked up a while back as part of the 2013 Sainsbury's beer hunt. This appears to be an ale with black pepper added to it, though the guff on the label is a bit daft. Supposedly came with a sachet of pepper however mine was missing....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with a subtle hint of aromatic black pepper, fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and faint cardboard. S'OK.

Tastes of caramel malt with a faint spiciness and a dry finish. Notes of caramel, delicate aromatic pepper, fruity ale yeast, harsh stewed leaves, mild earthiness and a twinge of cardboard. A restrained, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/herbs, mild caramel and faint yeast esters.

Well, it's OK but gimmicky. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour mostly resemble an average ale with a faint hint of black pepper. So-so body; bit too fizzy. Overall the result is pretty unexciting; an interesting twist that falls flat in Bateman's hands. The bollocks on the label can go as well. Probably a one-off but no need to seek it out.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle: BBD 31 Oct 14, poured into a Batemans badged UK pint sleeve on 22 Oct 13. Comes with a sachet of pepper (mine wasn't attached to the bottle as advertised).

Clear mahogany body with a creamy head: this is XXXB at 5.1% ABV with added peppercorns. Malty nose and taste (just like XXXB).

I love XXXB and this is a mutant version without a doubt: I liked it, even though it's obviously a gimmick beer for the 2013 Sainsbury supermarket competition.

Typical Batemans feel to the brew (well it is XXXB after all), so I'm happy.

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Black Pepper from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 5 ratings