Lincolnshire Best Bitter
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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3.59 | pDev: 3.06%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a half inch of tan head. Smell is richly biscuity with some honey sweetness.

Bitter is right: solid biscuit maltiness stand up to the astringent hops and makes me crave another sip. Alcohol at 4.9 is a wee heavy for a British session, but when it tastes like this I won't complain.

Finish is bitter with tea astringency and drying. Mouthfeel is fairly light but appropriate. Overall, a fine bitter ale in the English style. Worth pulling off the shelf.

A solid bitter based in crystal malt and maris otter and golding hops. I don't think I'd go very far out of my way for it, but certainly a step above average.

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3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Marks & Spencer, this filtered-bottled beer seems to be a new product as I've never seen it before, and is "brewed exclusively" for M&S; coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, BB 11/2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: brewed with "a blend of English Golding Hops & Maris Otter Pale & Crystal Malts", as indicated on the front label.

A: the colour comes in dark-tea-ish amber, coupled with an abundant input of fizziness (full of large bubbles ascending in the liquid as well as attached to the glass...); the off-white beer head is fluffy and settles fast to a thin cap. Looking very fizzy indeed.
S: the nose is staunchly traditional - Golding's orangey-citric aroma almost storms out of the bottle as soon as the beer is cracked open, while biscuity+caramely hints indeed ring a bell of Maris Otter and Crystal malts, serving as an aromatic malt background; a swirl gives rise to sweet pear-ish+grapey fruitiness and some grassiness. Overall, pleasant and not complex.
T: not as fizzy as the appearance worried me, the foretaste comes only lightly carbonated, packed of dried-current & grapes like fruitiness with a decent level of sourness, then followed by an assertively aromatic biscuity malts, peppery undertones (of hops?), and bitter-sweet hints of lightly-burned caramel. The finish is moderately bitter, lightly peppery hoppy and remotely sour-fruity, while a mildly chewy feel down the wings of the tongue serves as witness to a good amount of hops used in the brew.
M&D: lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, this is a reasonably flavoursome Best Bitter that demonstrates pale malts, crystal malts and good quality Goldings hops balanced in a skilful way. Very drinkable!

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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle: brewed purely for Marks & Spencers but I obtained mine at the brewery shop. Best before the end of Jan 2013: poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard @ home on 21 Nov 2012.

The beer reminded me of the original Batemans XXXB and isn't very far from the look, smell or taste and is the 4.9% strength that XXXB used to be.

Good looking beer: dark amber or deep copper body, white head that produced some heavy lacing on the tankard.

The smell is malty: caramel and toffee with some fruit notes.

Taste wise it is semi-sweet and has a caramel front and like the nose hints of toffee and fruitiness. The regular Batemans yeast and Burtonised water base ensures I like it, as I'm a Batemans babe at heart.

Easy to drink and flavoursome: body depth fits the beer nicely and overall this is a fine beer (and it might be XXXB).

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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich brown body thick tan head lovely.

Aroma of molasses brewers mash and funnily enough beer.

Hoppy malty nicely well rounded with the tiniest of bitter kicks on the way out hints of roasts and a yeasty zing that goes through a chewy rye bread like ranges.

Decent thick mouthfeel and good carbonation make a really good dark bitter one of the best Bateman's bottled beers I've had recently.

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Lincolnshire Best Bitter from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 4 ratings