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Batemans XXXB | George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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Brewed by:
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2002

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of danmouer
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Take two parts best bitter plus two parts dark mild and add a little extra dash of sugar and you get Batemans xxxb. The label describes it as a strong bitter (abv 5%), but deeper-than-usual color and chocolate nose suggest something a little sweeter and softer. This one pours from the bottle with only minimal liveliness in the head (yay for true English ale!). The nose fills with sweet, very bisquity malt laced with milk chocolate and caramel: candy in a glass.

In the mouth, the sweet promise is delivered, but it is nowhere near cloying. Soft-water sensations, rich malty flavors, and a gentle, but perfectly sufficient balance of bitter makes this a wonderful beer of the sort you would never find in the tasting room of an American craft-beer brewer. My kind of beer, in fact.

Nothing is overdone, but everything is pumped up to just right. The finish is clean, dry and leaves just a pleasant bitter-sweet residue that goes on snd on. What a nice beer! I'm sure my ratng will be higher than average, but that's just because I have not yet wrecked my palate and nose on tongue-wringing American IPAs.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Macamah
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Town Hall, into a shaker. 1 finger off white head on top of a fairly clear sienna..great lacing. Mild nose of almost burnt toffee, banana...fairly minimal. Not finding the biscuity notes I love in the style. Fuller flavors once i start drinking, but consistent with the nose. The mouthful is pretty good-- smooth, almost creamy, but a little too watery to be ideal.

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Photo of jonb5
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pint at the JDW in Whitehall.

A: Bronze, thin small head, hazy.

S: Only a very faint aroma, but it was malty.

T: Slightly watery, toffee, malt, cranberry, increased bitterness towards the end.

M: Smooth, watery texture.

O: Middle of the road, a bit too strong to session, not too much depth.

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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown copper with a moderate amount of carbonation, 2 fingers of beige head. Snow frosted window lacing.

Caramel, a hint of banana, hard water, slightly burnt sugar.

Malt, caramel, dry, creamy, a hint of banana, a solid amount of dull toasted bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Found in Bangkok, drank in Loei, Thailand on Aug 25th, 2015. Great, solid British bitter.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Based on cask offering via handpump
Pours an amber body with slight reddish hues and thick tight microscopic bubbled head that curtains down the glass and stays to the end

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Johnq1964
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a two finger off-white thick head with low retention.
Nice fruity aroma from English hops and sweet malt. Hints of guaraná.
Fruity and bitter balanced flavor. Notes of spicy yeasty, earthy hops, dark fruits, sweet guaraná, caramels and biscuit malts. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant elegant bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Good exemplar of an English Bitter, very sessionable and still flavorful and pleasant. Recommendable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Batemans XXXB from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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