George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #61
Ranked #34,766
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Notes: A fresh coffee and chocolate experience infused with genuine Arabica coffee beans and fine Belgian chocolate, blended with locally grown roasted malts, creating a tremendous coffee shop aroma and flavour. and generous hop flavour.
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 67
Photo of Martine
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really pleasantly surprised by this beer, which - by the way - is hard to pigeon hole. More 'strong ale' than porter, and yet this beer is really chocolately; even moreso than some actual chocolate porters out there; and not the advent calendar type chocolate, but creamy and thick and rich. There is a real mocha element to this which I didn't expect.

It is not a full bodied beer - strong ale, remember, not porter or stout - and yet it doesn't matter. The coffee and cocoa are well equipped which makes up for the defecit in mouthfeel. I'm usually a big advocater of body in a dark ale but this one seems to have everything under control despite the lighter nature.

It brings a nice bitterness to the mocha sweetness with roast and cream in spades; and yet it's clear ruby red. Madness.

Found a hidden gem here, lads. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours chocolate brown, but clear. Aroma cocoa,mocha, chocolate very big aroma just like the bottle states MOCHA. Taste just like the aroma chocolate and coffee, reminds me of a dessert.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

333 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Medium carbonation. Smell - coffee, dark chocolate. Taste - roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel. Not bad brew instead of an espresso.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Dark mahogany pour with a quickly fading one finger beige head with minimal lacing. The nose is malty and sweet with lots of cocoa along with hints of toffee, tootsie rolls, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle roast coffee, and vanilla. The taste mirrors the nose with the cocoa the star once again along with hints of caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, tootsie rolls, and coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer like this, with medium carbonation and decent drinkability. Overall, this may be a bit gimmicky and thin, but the chocolate doesn't taste artificial and it's really not a bad beer.

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Photo of interzen
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Look: Like flat Coke. Dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. What little head there was disappeared extremely quickly. Not a good start ...

Smell: On slightly firmer ground here - the bottle proclaims chocolate and coffee, as if being called Mocha wasn't enough of a clue - and sure enough, there's chocolate and coffee aplenty. Plenty of sweeter overtones too, almost like chocolate syrup mixed with honey. A colleague noted that it smelt a lot like Tia Maria or coffee liqueur.

Taste: There's that chocolate syrup again, front and centre. Coffee flavours are muted to begin with but come through at the end along with roasted malts and just a hint of alcohol to keep things interesting. Imagine alcoholic chocolate syrup and you're not far off.

Feel: Quite a 'thin' feel - the almost complete lack of head and the flat coke vibe made this pretty much a given. Fairly fizzy, too - far more than something needs to be at 6% ABV.

Overall: Not too bad, but there are better chocolate/coffee beers out there - Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Bad Seed Espresso Stout to name but two, to say nothing of Sam Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout. I think this is a beer with a bit of an identity crisis - it's trying to be a stout or a porter but doesn't quite make it. Worth trying, but nothing special.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass at cellar temperature.

A) Ruby-dark red, not quite opaque, when poured seemed fizzy, no head at all. Hmm. Not appetising.

S) Chocolate-hazelnut wafers. Honey and some vanilla. No beer.

T) Chocolate syrup up front, followed by mild to warm malt flavour. Back of the mouth hints of vanilla. Pleasant.

M) Smooth, slightly fizzier than it needs to be. 6% alcohol is well masked, but provides some nice warmth right at the end. Good.

O) A good chocolate beer; serve at approx. 15 degrees C.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light-medium sweet and moderately malty.
Chocolate dominates the coffee in the aroma but not in the flavor where they are rather equal.

O: very good but not up with Youngs Dbl Choc.

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Photo of BigChristoff
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Very tasty if you like chocolate, my wife loved it, but me, probably a tad too sweet, brewed about 80 miles from where I live in England . Bought at £1.25 per 500ml bottle at Azda I think, could have been Tesco or Morrisons, but was on offer, 4 bottles for £5.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I spotted a bottle of Mocha Beer on the shelf, I had to try it. Clearly I should have read the label a little clearer. I was expecting some sort of Stout or Porter, but neither of those words are actually on the bottle itself.

Instead, this beer tastes more like a weak Tia Maria than anything else. The hops are completely absent and are instead replaced by a chemical sweetness. Don't get me wrong, I was expecting a beer that described itself as coffee and chocolate to be rich, but I just want expecting it to be so sickly. This extends to the mouth feel where the overwhelming aftertaste is a layer of sugar. It's very thin bodied despite the higher abv and the flavour is very one dimensional.

All in all, it's best to avoid this one unless you have a very sweet tooth. It's a gimmick, and a rather poor one.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

$4.69 for a 1pt 0.9 fl oz bottle @ Siciliano's.
"A fresh coffee and chocolate experience brewed with genuine arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown roasted malt. Contains barley and wheat"
6.0% ABV per the bottle.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, forming a modest head with poor retention and OK lacing. Carbonation is mild, ~2.0 carbs or so. Aroma of tootsie rolls (i.e-fake chocolate flavor extract) and jamocha shake. Mouthfeel is crisp, minerally, thin bodied, a little salty and spritzy in the finish. Taste opens with tootsie rolls, followed by a touch of roast malt, a medium firm English hop bitterness (necessary for this beer to overcome the fake chocolate flavor), very subtle light roast coffee, and some butterscotchy diacetyl.

If you really like chocolate beers, you should try it, otherwise it's not anything I would recommend unless you're very curious. Thin bodied, not much roast character, fake chocolate's just not my bag.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Acquired last year from Sainsbury's as one of their 2012 Beer Hunt brews, and sequestered in my garage. The label states that it contains real coffee and Belgian chocolate.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown colour that appears virtually black unless held to the light. Forms a small, off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of syrupy chocolate with hints of vanilla, mild coffee, subtle roasted malt, fruity yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. Quite sweet and a tad cloying.

Tastes of chocolate syrup with a mild, dry finish. Notes of sweet chocolate, sugar, roasted grain, vanilla, mild coffee, stewed leaves and fruity ale yeast. A hint of cardboard in the background, followed by a subtle, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation but a relatively thin body for the style. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet chocolate, stewed leaves/cardboard and fruity yeast.

So-so; rich but a bit too sweet. It looks shabby - the head rapidly does a runner. Aroma and flavour are OK but veer heavily towards syrupy chocolate; the remaining character is drowned out. Mouthfeel is disappointing - could be thicker and creamier relative to the style and strength. An interesting but not entirely satisfying attempt at a chocolate/coffee stout. Less sugar and more balance would improve it greatly. No need to go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown reddish color with a thin caramel head with low retention.
Delicious predominant aroma of Belgian chocolate with notes of coffee and roasted and grainy malt.
Strong flavor of chocolate and some coffee on a malty base with hints of English hops. Dry aftertaste with its lingering flavor.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
I did like this beer. Although the chocolate is very present, it is not really that sweet given its hops and you can still perceive the other usual suspects. Very fun to drink and not heavy. If you like chocolate and English ales, go for it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam which subsided pretty quickly. An interesting looking beer; I'd say it strongly resembles an English porter.

Smell: chocolatey right up front, with a grainy malt underneath. There's a noble hop character in here as well; not bad, but the elements don't blend particularly well. I like the chocolate, but it could be better-supported.

Taste: a bit better put-together than the aroma. Good chocolate throughout, with a bit of bitterness at the end which seems like a blend of hop bitterness and bitterness from the chocolate itself. I find that, with the aftertaste, the overall flavor experience is kind of muddled -- messy, a bit like the aroma. So it starts good, but finishes rough.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good dose of carbonation and a satisfying, style-appropriate creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer starts off good, but fails to fulfill its potential. Worth a shot if you're really into chocolate beers; otherwise, probably give this one a pass.

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Photo of vinicole
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Very dark brown. Tan, lasting head.
Caramel and chocolate aroma. Smells like coffee liqueur.
Sweet. Taste continues from the bouquet.
Excellent desert beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate flavoring are present in the nose along with some faint hints of coffee.
T: Like the smell, Tootsie Roll-like chocolate flavors are present in the taste, which also has hints of coffee beans and a slight amount of associated bitterness. The coffee becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pretty good selection if you are looking for a chocolaty beer that is easy to drink and isn't filling.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a lasting head.
Prominent chocolate syrup in the aroma, along with soft toasty and roasted malt and a little coffee.
Chocolate is first up as a flavour as well, followed by plain roasted malt and hot alcohol.
Nice creamy low carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Sort of a deep hazy brown color with a 1/3 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Smells of mild chocolate malts, maybe some Hershey's chocolate but it's faint. Somewhat artificial chocolate and coffee smells.
T - Well it's kind of like they filtered an English mild ale through a Randall full of tootsie rolls and coffee beans. Not too terrible but it reminds me of flavored BMC.
M - Very thin for 6% more of just a mild ale than a porter or stout.
Overall avoid this if you can I picked it up over morbid curiosity and it let me down. At least it was only 4 bucks and not an 8+ dollar bomber...

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Photo of Big_Twofifty
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle that was cellared (unintentionally) for approximately 6 months and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent mahogany, somewhat similar to a dark cabernet sauvignon.

Smell: Everything chocolate, imagine dipping your nose into a cane of cocoa powder or taking a bite of Baker’s chocolate. Do that and you will know what this beer smells like.

Taste: First thought, chocolate tootsie roll. It has an artificial sugary taste of chocolate, toffee and very mild coffee. While the smell has you expecting a dark cocoa bitterness, the taste is more of a milk chocolate. It brings to mind more of an interesting cola beverage than the flavors you would expect from a beer.

Mouthfeel: It has an almost sugary texture with low carbonation, a thin body, but the aftertaste reminds me of the lingering chocolate, once again, from trying to determine how many licks it takes to get to the center of a chocolate tootsie roll.

Overall: I first had this beer at an International Beer fest and remember immensely enjoying it. Now that I have had it again in a bottle and without the ambience of the hoards of people sampling brews from around the world, I can say it’s still good, but definitely not great like I had recalled. This beer lacked the coffee notes I recall, most likely due to sitting in my cellar for 6 months. However, the smell and the chocolate tootsie roll taste go hand in hand and while not what you might expect out of a beer, it still offers a unique flavor that is worth a try for fans of chocolate.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from Sainsbury's:
Dark mahogany brown with red tinges and a thin, light brown, bubbly head that quickly turns to a soapy lacing.

Chocolate with some roasted malts and a lot of lighter coffee notes. There is some sugary sweetness and a milk chocolate aroma too.

Milk chocolate and roasted malts to start with, along with some light coffee and darker malts. There is a hop filled tang to the beer and an earthy taste coupled with it.

Light medium bodied with a well carbonated and smooth feel to the beer and a clean, dry finish that is quite bitter too.

Plenty of chocolate and to a slightly lesser extent some coffee too. This one was pretty basic tasting and a little ordinary but it was still a nice, drinkable beer. Not a classic one, it was fairly average all round but at least it wasn't a bad beer either.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a dark red/black colour with an off-white head.

Smells of chocolate and coffee - what it says on the tin.

Tastes horribly of artificial chocolate and coffee. Strong flavours but the cheapest ones they could get no doubt.

Overall a pretty awful beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean deep amber color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, cocoa powder and notes of coffee. In the taste, a mellow mocha flavor, with a hop bite. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel with a cocoa dryness in the aftertaste. Cocoa powder with notes of coffee, with a pleasant hop presence.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batemans Mocha. In a Guinness nonic pint.

Dark brown. Some light still gets through. The head is nearly not. The liquid nearly fills the glass, which is one of few pluses.

Smells like chocolate syrup and commercial mocha powder, like International Delights canisters. The malts behind the sweet added flavors are almost tangy. Not acidic, but tangy.

In the flavor, the malts shine moreso. So does the coffee. Tastes like true mocha base for a coffeeshop. Although it's one-note, it's still tasty. English malt sensibility with a touch of nuttiness and a near-lactic quality. Hardly any hops. I repeat, hardly any hops tasted.

Milky body with some oomph. Carbonation is a little softer than medium. Drinks nicely.

Less interesting than I thought. Also, more to-the-point than I thought. Whatever, a mocha beer it is. I'll give it that.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Clear mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate and coffee nose and flavor follows - sweet chocolate with coffee in the background. $6.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chocolate brown with tan highlights and a loose beige head that fades fast.
Actual milk chocolate truffle nose masks any other beer aromas.
Oily coffee and sweet chocolate, a roasty hit and some branch hops to end.
Toffee and cola ending and drying linger. Medium, sticky, slight burn.

I was concerned to see a traditional brewery like Bateman's jumping on the added flavors bandwagon and sure enough, it doesn't turn out well. This ends up with big artificial-tasting coffee and chocolate notes just sitting on the palate, with no sense of the base beer underneath (which should be a stout) - almost like a dark alcopop. The two don't even mix enough to create the titular Mocha, it's thin for the darkness and it's too hot to boot. Only saving grace is there's enough roasty bitterness to keep it from cloying.

That Sainsbury's has chosen to push this gimmick on the masses kinda proves the point. Poor showing from a good brewery.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

For the good of my customers (at the time), I felt the need to sample this beer, vet it, if you will. It pours a fairly deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises mild cocoa and mild coffee, both dancing with each other in beautiful harmony. The taste brings in more of the same, though the sweetness inherent in the initial flavors tapers off into mild bitterness, both from the darkening chocolate and the coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very tasty mocha-flavored beer. It's a bit on the thin side, but it's still generally a good time.

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