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: 142 |  Reviews: 100
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while before I a tually got a hold of some. I was always really interested in how the bottle looked. Anyway, this brew poured out as a golden color with a thin white colored head on top. The head fades and doesn't really lace the glass at all. The smell of the beer had a slightly earthy aroma and some sweet grainy malts in there too. The taste of the beer was pretty good. It reminded me of a Fuller's ESB a little bit. The flavored were moderately bitter and it had a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected it to be. Overall this ale wasn't too bad, but I was really that into it either. I would probably drink it again but I wouldn't pay a whole lot to had it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a decent head. Smells a bit coppery at that, with some breadiness, some yeasty notes, and some earthy hops. Pretty solid. The taste is pretty similar- classic English Pale Ale with the breadiness that is not overdone, the leafy, earthy hops, and the slight metallic twang of copper. Smooth in the mouth with an almost creamy finish, and a touch buttery, but that doesn't detract from the beer. Quite nice, if not the best I've had of the style.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an attractive 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky light brown, like the color of iced tea, with an off-white head that reduces to a thin lid after a couple of minutes.

Has a fruity aroma, like apple juice or pears, with hints of honey. There's an underlying biscuity malt that grows in prevalence as the beer sits.

Starts mildly bitter, with a tannic quality that hints at grapes or currants. A toffee malt kicks in mid-tongue, with hints of molasses. The biscuity aroma does not really carry through to the taste. Ends dry and clean, but not especially bitter.

Medium bodied, with a dry finish that leaves the tongue needing more.

A nice, pleasant ale, mildly fruity, and very easy drinking. Lacking the hoppiness of it's American cousin, this pale ale is worth a try.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : copper red color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity with hints of spicy, bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the English style Extra Strong Bitter.

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Photo of julian
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this might be one of my first reviews of an actual English style ESB / Pale.

A: Coppery amber in color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with decent clarity, though still a bit of haze. Thick and creamy off white head coats the surface and has no intention of leaving the party early.

S: Smells of sweet dark fruit, brown sugary malty goodness. Feels like it's going to be sweet. Not much in the way of hop aroma, although perhaps some of the fruity esters I'm picking up were facilitated by the cascade hops.

T&M: Taste is sweet, fruity, malty, and a slight bittering in the background to balance it out. This beer is definitely all about the malt though. Mouthfeel is full, very smooth almost creamy. Probably a relatively high mash temp. Lots of dark fruit on the palate, mostly raisin, some plum. Very reminiscent of a Belgian abbey ale that regard. I wonder what yeast they used.

O: Given I don't really have much to base this off of, I think it's a good beer, if not great for the style and country of origin. Not sure I could drink more than one at a time though...the sweet/fruityness is too much for my lupulin coated American palate :p

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The color of the head is an off white that is foamy and creamy. The color of the beer is dark reddish copper color and a very nice amber hue. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with a touch of clouding. The head left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: The hops are up front but they seem tainted. The hops are fruity ester, lemons, grapefruit, and pine. There is subtle solvent toasted malt, biscuit, and bread. Other notes are yeast and a sweetness.

Taste: A very muted beer that is a bit watery. The hops are floral bouquet, pine, lemon, and grapefruit. The malt is toasted, biscuit, and bread. Other notes are solvents, yeast, and sweetness.

The mouth feel the beer is watery, carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. The beer is just okay there is a good bitterness in the with a nice malt backbone. There is a good balance, just a bit old would like a fresher bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent beginning to the head but it dies out quickly. The liquid is deep amber color with a touch of haze.

Strong sweet caramel aroma; light hop in the background.

Good blend of sweeter crystal malts and bitter, peppery hops. The broth is quite thin. The swallow starts well balanced but gives way to bitter hop in the aftertaste. More bitter than the smell indicates.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice deep coppery red. Good, creamy caramel head, average retention. Good lacing.

S: Malty, sugary sweet, wee toffee aromas. Raisiny & appley notes. This is poised to be rather exciting!

T: Malty, caramelly, sweet toffee, sugar. Some (little) hops. This is a true English ESB at its best. Not an American Pale Ale, for sure - waaay too well balanced. Brought me right back to the pubs of the Northern Lake District & Dales.

MF: Full, creamy smooth. Good English carbonation level.

D: I really, really enjoyed this one. A great pint to have with the chaps at the bar. Sooo English!

Overall: A real enjoyable pleasure! Got this "on clearance" for $2.49, wish I had bought a case, Really a taste of Northern England in a bottle. Excellent!

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No way this will be as good as it was on cask, but worth a try for old times sake. Drank many pints of this in a pub near in Hinton in the Hedges in Oxfordshire...

Pours brown/copper with a finger of of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & nice head retention as well

S: Figgyness, woody hops & raisins

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops present as well up front. Figs & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus raisins, even a touch of boozeyness. Finishes with fruittyness & leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, smooth carbonation, alright balance. Needs more malt to pull this together

Drinks alright, no where as good as the old cask version I remember

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

The copper hued body shows the slightest haze. A small, fleeting head forms and quickly settles to a film.

There's a lot of Maris Otter breadiness on the nose, along with a touch of butterscotch and fruit. A leafy hop note is barely present beneath.

Light on the tongue, but plenty flavorful. Bready and caramelized malt flavors are complemented by a buttery and fruity English yeast profile. The light body and low carbonation make the beer easy to drink, and not very filling. Drying in the finish with lingering earthy hops and toasted malt. Bitterness remains low throughout. Very balanced and quaffable, this is quite good.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an Ivory coloured head that lasts and laces.

S - Biscuit and malt on the nose, with a little toffee.

T - Quite spicey up front with a nice nutty malt flavour to follow we then get some toffee flavours before a prolonged bitter finish.

M - Very smooth indeed and medium body and low carbonation.

D - This has long been one of my favourite english ales and continues to be. It has a little of everything.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber/burnt orange, 1 finger head, nice lacing.

S: malt, grain, slight pine, whiff of citrus

T: sweet malt + grain up front, smooth bitter finish

M: medium body, average carbonation

D: This is a nice ESB, great session beer for the pub or any old time. Not too heavy, worth trying.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the perfect note of honey malted lemon zest that only a good esb has. dark amber with a head of two fingers that doesn't leave any lace. nose of pollen honey and lemon hints. palate is that but with a distinct bitter of black tea... lemon zest, bit-o-honey malt but subtly so, and a distinct earth bark quality of a bitter finish. quite a lean body feel. but not much alcohol to make it a heavy drink.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1Pint .09oz bottle. 5% alc, From Capital Market, Salem.$4.49 Pale brown ale with a nice half inch eggshell white coloured head. LOvelly English malt nose..delightful as usual..caramel, fresh cut hay..nice. Smooth caramel, slightly toasty taste, the hops are underneath the chewy malts until near the end of the mouthful when they appear for a pleasing bitter end. Rather nice on the palate. Smooth and not too complex!( somethimes that is good in a beer). Overall a very nice English ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Unfortunately as I later found out this is classified as a English brown rather a pale ale as indicated on label.

A: Old coppery-penny color with a bubbly and froamy sandy-beige had of average retention. A spacious macro-bubbly carbonation is stead-fast as it rises providing a fair and average coverage for lace.

S: Biscuity and dry maltiness on the opening aroma. A hint of peppery flower and dry fruit along with a leafy green hopping, vague in distinction that is followed by a trailing dry malt sweetness.

T: Spicy with a dry nutty and malty residue. Silty maltiness with a light peppery nature along with some green leafy character of fennel, tea leafs, and basil. A light fruity nature moves in with a warm holiday spicing. Nice malt-base more so then the hop level (I originally thought this was a pale from the label) with a fruitiness of green melon lying buried beneath the residual malting.

M: Milky feel with a nice tingle of carbonation. Malty lace with a spicy touch on the close.

D: Average enjoyment factor, malty, making for a nice fall style beer but in limited quantities.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy copper with light carbonation from fine bubbles. A rocky cream cap slowly falls to a patchwork quilt of foam. Leaves lots of lace.

S: I picked up a healthy dose of anise and black tea right out of the gate. Some bittersweet toffee and a hint of lemon sit behind them.

T: Starts out with bittersweet toffee and an almost leathery flavor. Bitterness is sharp and packs an acidic black tea bite. The beer gets a bit sour toward the end.

M: The light body is doughy and a bit too tingly.

D: This is a nice beer that felt like it would be much better fresh in a pub than out of a bottle shipped across the Atlantic.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a dark gold/light brown. Other reviews describe this beer's colour as copper. I suppose that applies. Three finger thick, creamy head. Quite nice.

Sm: Light clean scent - the usual suspects: barley, hops, some malt.

T: Balanced body. Hint of nut. Bitter finish typical of pale ales.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. A bit coarser at the finish but this doesn't save it.

Dr: Too costly for its quality. Look elsewhere. Advertised as a pale ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky tea color with a very nice, foamy head that leaves clumps of lace

Smell: Fruity, with apple and pear dominant; undertones of fig and tea-like earthy hops

Taste: Fruity, up front, with the apple, pear and fig elements quickly pairing off with the herbal hops; after the swallow, the tea-like element balances out some of the sweeter flavors in the malt profile; mineral flavors linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation - cask in a bottle?

Drinkability: Much better than the Combined Harvest, but still suffers from a bit too much sweetness relative to the hops

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Photo of charlatan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere between brick and ruby red in colour with a head which rapidly dissipates to a thin ring around the rim and a small island. The nose is dominated by dried fruit, probably fig.

This is less sweet and more biscuity than i had imagined with enough hop bite to give it a clean and refreshing herbal finish. Definitely a well balanced beer with much to recommend it.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle 4,8% Abv

Appearance: Batemans XXXB pours a beautiful shade of copper red and has a good sized and fairly creamy caramel coloured head that has pretty good retention and leaves some decent lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Smell: Surprisingly the nose is malt dominated, but who said that was a bad thing? Toasted malt is well appreciated with biscuity, caramelized sugar and toffee aromas, there is some fruitiness - over-ripe red apples - and some spicy, almost tea-like hops (hop aroma becomes stronger as the beer warms) that round out the nose

Taste: As with the nose, the taste is malt dominated. Caramel (with a hint of candy sugar), toasted bread and bruised/over-ripe apples are all present and are followed by a pretty good English hop flavour that has hints of high quality tea and is fairly spicy. The finish is fairly bitter, but a little more bitterness could only improve the beer.

Mouthfeel: A tad fuller than medium bodied with perfect, understated and gently smooth carbonation, a real pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: I wish my local served this one, I could see it being one of my choice ales when having a pint with friends. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that I will be sure to have again.

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Batemans XXXB from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 142 ratings