Mr. George's Ruby Porter
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

Mr. George's Ruby PorterMr. George's Ruby Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #190
Ranked #31,172
3.72 | pDev: 14.78%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Mr. George's Ruby PorterMr. George's Ruby Porter
Notes: Same as their "Dark Lord" but renamed due to legal reasons.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies to barely nothing. Lacing is nowhere to be found, The smell makes up for the look as there’s a nice roasty yet somewhat dark fruity/mostly plum-like aroma overcoming some slight sweet malts that try to come through. The taste was mainly sweet and roasty with a nice leading dry roasty aftertaste that ends up leading to a semi-decent dry finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium on the body with a semi-decent sessionability trying to run about it and end up leading to a fairly decent carbonation somewhat good for the style. Overall, this was a very good English Porter and for the most part nothing to be reckoned with since this is from England.

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Photo of woemad
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

<This review was posted 3/4/11, but was moved to Dark Lord, the name this goes under when sold in the UK. Now that there are again entries for each version of this beer, I'm moving it back>

1pt,0.9oz bottle given to me by my brother for Christmas. Thanks, Bro! No freshness date, though some sort of code that appears to have been stamped at 10:23 is on the neck of the bottle. According to the label, "This is a VEGAN BEER."

Poured a dark brown with a slight, tan head. It takes on a dark, rubyish tinge when held up to light (hence the name ruby porter, I suppose).

Roasted malt and mollasses in the nose. Smells like a straightforward, no frills porter.

Roasted malt provides a coffeeish flavor, there's also some nuttiness and some restrained brown sugar. Slightly acidic tasting. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, slightly prickly.

This is a no frills English porter. Not a bad beer, but there are better ones out there. I'd definitely choose a Fullers' London Porter or a Taddy over this, but it hit the spot paired up with some scrambled eggs and toast.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive but undated brown 500ml bottle served in a snifter.

Poured a very dark mahogany color, less ruby colored than expected, with a small tan head that mostly dispersed quickly.

The aroma features dark roasted malts, dark fruits and hints of chocolate and some light spicing.

Taste: Subtle hints of spices mixed with vague dark fruits, dark breads, a touch of toffee and hints of coffee and chocolate: a nice and fairly well-balanced mix. Good sweet/bitter balance too.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and properly carbonated, but a tad watery in the finish.

O: quite enjoyable English porter that improves with some warming (Mine started at about 45F).

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice English porter. Polite. It is a dark brown color with a thin head. It's smell is malty, gristy, and just a little musty. Semi sweet in taste. More attenuated than expected, and carbonated as well. Firm bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Medium body. Very English.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out of the bottle a slightly ruddy sable that lets in a peak of light at the edges. Light wheat head has average thickness, and doesn’t stick around too long but leaves some good lacing. Rich, smoky aroma has notes of molasses, licorice and roast malt plus a hint of caramel. Flavor has caramel, brown sugar and mocha tones, not much depth but still palatable. Texture has decent fizz, but body is on the thin side and finish is rather wan. Overall, a decent porter, if not an outstanding one.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep well..ruby tinged brown with a very thin almost non existent head atop,aromas are deeply fruity with underlying caramel and molasses,very rich.The mouthfeel is smooth but a tad watery,it does go down easily.Fruity flavors with some cakiness and caramel notes as well,it's not very roasted and not much hops presence.Not a bad old school porter,it's very English and is a fitting drink after seeing the Hobbit tonight.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color (it’s not quite opaque because light is visible at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down leaving lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of brown malts and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has stronger and more complex flavors with notes of toffee and raisins as well as hints of roasted malts. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels on the lighter side of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation (similar to what you would expect from a cask beer).
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes rather complex for its lighter bodied nature.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Just about a finger of frothy tan head. Retention is average at best and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry grainy roastiness. Semisweet chocolate with notes of caramel and molasses. Maybe a touch of prune as well.

3.5 T: Drier than the nose and graininer too. Less chocolate and molasses as well. Caramel's still there with a light pruny fruitiness. Clean.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier as it lays heavy on the tongue.

3.5 D: Tasty, easy drinking beer. Nothing special though.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown with, indeed, ruby highlights. Head pours two fingers of frothy tan foam. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malty aroma with a lot of fruity character and some caramel notes thrown in as well. There's also almost a woody character in there. Not bad, but a bit on the sweet and caramelly side.

Taste: very much like the aroma. Sweet and fruity with caramel character. A tiny hint of roastiness comes in at the end. Tasty, but a rather mild porter experience.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is an interesting porter, in that it has almost no roast-malt character at all; that said, it is tasty enough and eminently quaffable. I'd have it again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black/cardinal red shimmer body, scant head,
patchy lacing

S: mild roasted nuts, hint of toffee/caramel,
earthy grassy aroma

T: caramel, roasted nuts, malt, earthy/grassy
light bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish

O: Another mighty fine English beer!
I could drink this all day, especially on a
Fall or Winter day. Another flavor to entertain,
but not too heavy.


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

From notes 1/22/11. .5 l bottle. Very nice beer. Good roast and dark chocolate/cocoa in the finish. The aroma has lots of dark fruity malt and caramel. Some butterscotch but it works pleasantly enough. There’s a mild bit of bitter citrus rind. The taste is fairly sweet but ends dry, roasty and fruity. It's hard not to enjoy this beer. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a round body. Pours dark red-highlighted brown with a beige cap.

This is the same beer as Batemans Dark Lord (sold under another name to avoid trademark infringement), though for some reason that one is listed as a dark mild.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is supposed to be the US version of Batemans Dark Lord: my review of that beer is here...lets see if the beer is the same or if my taste buds have changed.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Feb 2008, drank March 2007.

Poured into a Gordon's Finest Gold Thistle glass (twice).

A very dark ruby red, deep mahogany wood coloured body with a good light brown foaming head, very impressive, pity the head dispersed so quickly.

The aroma has a plum pudding and spicey scent to it, burnt malts and coffee too.

Wintery flavours of spices and dried fruits for a Christmas cake, but without the sweetness, burnt caramel also in the mix.

All the mentioned flavours in the taste are also within the aftertaste and mouthfeel, it is a tad watery for a 5.0% beer, but that is my only negative comment on this beer.

Very, very drinkable, a fine strong dark mild, one I will have again and again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-27-2007 21:17:14

New review 12 July 2011, best before date of the 500ml bottle being 31 Jul 2011. The bottle rear label has all the usual US import information, this bottle however never made it over the pond!

Poured into a UK pint sleeve, lovely dark and the same as the original review, the head staying longer this time around.

Roasted/toasted malts and coffee smells, hints of spices too.

Easy drinking winter brew, well worth finding whatever name it appears under. My score is slightly higher than the 'Dark Lord' originals because the head hung around longer and the beer seemed to be in better condition all round, having more depth and taste.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2011. Named after George Bateman (presumably the founder of the brewery that bears his name).

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep ruby-brown hue that appears almost black unless held to the light. Good carbonation. Forms a decent head of tan foam that lasts a minute or two before subsiding. Subtle aroma of sweet caramel malt with faint hints of dried fruit and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet dark malt with a mild finish. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit and solvent/alcohol. Stewed hops provide a dry, leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly; the carbonation is noticeable. Lightly astringent. Malty aftertaste with echoes of stewed leaves.

Pretty good - the balance of sweet and bitter is well judged, resulting in a pleasingly drinkable ale. I reckon it could stand a bit more roasted malt to influence the flavour, but nice as it is. Worth your while if you come across it.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark mahogany with ruby highlights and 1/4 inch of light tan head. Leaves light, foamy lacing.

S-Roasted chocolate malts, hay, burnt white sugar. Very simple.

T/M-Roasty and chocolaty with a diminishing sweetened milk flavor on the back end. Body is on the thin side for a porter, but this is not to the beer's detriment. Drinks more like a Baltic Porter than what I associate with a traditional English Porter. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

O-Would prefer this to be slightly roastier and less sweet. A pleasant beer I will revisit in the future.

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Mr. George's Ruby Porter from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 27 ratings