English B Bock
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #75
Ranked #50,633
3.52 | pDev: 7.67%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BlackHaddock:
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3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed for the Sainsbury Supermarket 2013 bottled beer competition.

Brown 500ml bottle: BBD 31 Oct 14, poured into a Batemans badged UK pint sleeve @ home on 22 Oct 13.

Rich mahogany body with a good off-white to beige head that lasted.

Sweet malt molasses in both the nose and mouth: an English twist to a German Double Bock style flavour. I really took to this, but I like sweet malty beers and my favourite style is 'Doppelbock' so this was right up my street.

Too sweet for many maybe, but it's toffee apple and caramel notes touched my taste buds nicely.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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 last year as part of the Sainsbury's 2013 Beer Hunt. The label calls it a 'Bavarian-style Strong Ale' - an hommage to dopplebock.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep, clear reddish-brown colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of sweet caramel, raisins, dried fruit, mild brown sugar, ale yeast, vague breadiness and a twinge of stewed leaves. OK but quite fruity.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel and fruity yeast with a lingering finish. Notes of caramel malt, dried fruit, a hint of fruitcake, faint brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, a twinge of banana and subtle stewed leaves. Perhaps a touch of cardboard lurking in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a mild, yeasty character upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a slightly insubstantial body for the strength. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, caramel malt and stewed leaves.

O: Hmm - OK but not brilliant. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are fruity and sweet, with plenty of caramel in evidence. So-so body. It comes across as fermented with ale yeast, which probably makes it fruitier than a true doppelbock would be. I can't shake the impression that this is a subpar imitation. Drinkable enough if you like sweet, malty brews, but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Originating in Einbeck, Germany, the Bavarian pronunciation of the now world famous town is ’billy goat’! Maltier, stronger and darker than you dare!

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber with a small off-white head.
S: Very strong chemical smell, like detergent or something.
T: Not a Bock. It's a strong ale with a bit of Bock nuttiness. A bit of bubblegum. It tastes like two perfectly good beers mixed together.
O: Not a great offering from Bateman's.

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of patre_tim
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, loads of champagne carbonation, and half a finger of beige head.

Caramelized to near burnt sugar, light fruitiness, alcohol, a hint of ripe banana.

Caramelized sugar, esters, light fruitiness, a strange middle weakness of taste, then a barrage of muted burnt and alcohol notes on the end.

Light body, little carbonation.

Found at Villa Market in Bangkok, drank in Chiang Mai Oct 24th, 2015. I was expecting a bock or double bock, so surprised to see it listed as an English Strong Ale. It has the qualities of both.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of interzen
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

English B Bock from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 10 ratings