George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #60
Ranked #35,538
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.
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by shivtim:
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3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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 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 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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 BlackHaddock
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ever had a Greek Frappé?

I chilled my 500ml bottle: this beer is the nearest thing you’ll get to a beer version (in the UK anyway).

Poured into a vase shaped glass it looked the part. Dark coffee coloured body with a dirty tanned topping (just like a Frappé).

The smell was so coffee, as the taste: I liked it, wouldn’t have wanted another straight away but who has two pints of coffee one after another?

It is supposed to be coffee and chocolate in flavour and it is.

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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 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 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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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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 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 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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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 Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, not a lot of light shining through it. The head was tan and creamy looking till it faded into a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has lots of creamy chocolate aromas coming off of it with some more minor coffee like aromas. The taste of the beer is a lot like the nose. it's got a very nice sweet and malty flavor with plenty of chocolate in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and creamy, it's not overly heavy but makes the beer very drinkable. Overall I think this beer is very good.

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Photo of shand
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic.

I'm always up for trying a new British beer. It pours out a deep brown with a small cap of head. The aroma is fantastic, it's full of rich, smooth chocolate and a touch mildly roasted coffee. I could bury my nose in this one all day. However, that would be counter-productive, since beer is for drinking. After a brief warming period, the beer come on smooth at first with the mocha flavors, then coffee comes in - much more bitter and stronger than in the nose, and paired with some bitter malts to create a more bitter expression than I really expected. A bit of the mocha comes back in for the finish.

The mouthfeel is lighter, but appropriate for the taste, and the drinkability is very good. This is a great beer for fans of chocolate and coffee. The taste isn't quite as amazing as the aroma, but it's still an excellent beer.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Mocha from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
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