Rosey Nosey | George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

83 Ratings
Rosey NoseyRosey Nosey

Brewed by:
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mark on 01-23-2003

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Photo of Lollydog
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Doiv
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very dark but very smooth winter ale that tastes as if it had been brewed with cherries. This is a real delight – a fragrant brew that really does take the chill off the British winter. Very full in the mouth with an excellent aftertaste. I also loved the comical flashing nose upon the pump!

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good, flavourful, and very drinkable winter warmer that is very much a slightly sweeter, more full-bodied version of a good "regular" English ale.

Brownish copper, it has a fairly big pale tan head but it shrinks fairly steadily to leave only a foamy ring and almost no lace.

Aroma is caramelised, buttered toast with bread crust, plums, prunes, leaves, currants.

Taste is sweet brown bread with a light toasted-wheat bitterness and sweet currants, browned sugar, sweet-sour fruitiness (plums, prunes, raisins) and a lot of fruit in general from start to finish. After being rather sweet up front, it develops a light leafy-earthy spicey bitterness in the finish that lingers spicily with sweet-sour fruit in the aftertaste. There is some subtle complexity underneath and it has a full-bodied well-roundedness that helps give it a good winter-warmer quality. Feel is good, firm and solid, neither watery nor oily even if it has a hint of oiliness.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle.

Poured into a Gordon's thistle glass (twice).

Looks a picture, clear, dark terracota with a fine slightly off-white head.

Aroma is sweet and Christmas pudding smelling, caramel and cinnamon come to mind.

Tastes of hops and malted biscuits, fairly bitter, but the fruitiness in the aroma tempers the flavour to produce a very good beer.

The mixture of flavours stay in the mouth, 4.9% isn't heavy, the mouthfeel reflects that.

All in all, a very good beer. I had three pints of this beer with my Christmas dinner in 2006, I don't choose any old beer to have on that day!

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Photo of AEK
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Copper/autumnal red beer with a slightly off white, bubbly head.

S. Some Maris Otter malt, apart from that not a lot detected.

T. Juicy malt, a nice hop presence, a touch of red fruit - maybe cherry or strawberry.

M. Medium, slightly carbonated.

D. A very good Christmas beer from the Wainfleet brewery. Not the strongest Christmas beer but will certainly give the higher abv's a run for their money. Also suitable for vegans.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Batemans Rosey Nosey
25 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "3256 11:07"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Nice appearance with a clear deep copper / russet brown body, but little head. Aroma is malty with a bit of grassy, earthy, minty hops. Flavor follows. Beautiful malt component! Hop flavors are almost "lacquered" upon the malt - rich and fulfilling, and beautifully "English" in nature. Gentle fruitiness from the yeast includes pear and apple as well as some dried, dark skinned fruits. Also mineralish. Solidly bitter, and drying in the finish. Superb!!!

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Photo of mickwin
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: mid -brown sparse frothy head
Smell: nice flowery hops
Taste: caramel and malt, nicely sour
Feel: good bite lots of lingering aftertaste
Overall: fine beer, good winter ale

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a beautiful dark ruby red color with a cream colored head that recedes to a bubbly film. Light lacing sticks to the glass initially.

The aroma is subdued with notes of caramel and cherry coming out.

The taste starts out with a good warm caramel note before easing into cherry tartness and a subdued cinnamon spice in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to light in weight and very smooth.

Overall, this is just really delicious and easy to drink. A nice holiday ale from the UK.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: beautifully clear almond brown liquid with a messy foam that struggles to lift and eventually settles out into a thin, sloppy cap

S: all you hope to smell... hint of fresh wheat bread and dried grass... core of lightly toasted caramel and a wisp of berry-like esters... hops do come through, providing a bit of bush to the mound

T: certainly wasn't expecting the dramatic shift to its vibrant fruitiness over the malts - highlighted with notes of cherry, dried cranberry... the caramel catches up on the back end and gradually builds its lingering flavor mid-palate... not decidedly bitter or sweet, but instead has a nice balance of a little of each, combining for a bold overall taste... bit drier in the finish than you'd expect, with a little bit of herbal bitterness in the aftertaste

F: certainly a lovely rich roll to its medium-full body... mellow degree of carbonation... lends to slow sipping

O: quite enjoyable... I was also impressed with taste of their XXXB... more depth and flavor than the lot of similar bottled English ales we get over here

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

fruit and hop aromas,
dark amber with a slight haze, not much head.
Fruity, biscuit, fruit, good ale, rich malt.
Actually more carbonated than expected with a dry finish. medium full body,

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Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a (500ml??) bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Stunningly clear copper/ amber supports a thick meringue of vanilla caramel khaki, Excellent lacing.

aroma of toffee, lightly toasted pale malt and a herbal hoppiness.

mouthfeel: average

taste: huge malt presence followed by some plums and an old oaky sort of tea like bitterness.

notes: Calls itself a Holiday Ale. Kind of an Old Ale to me but it is good, a malt bomb with accompanying bitterness and some vinous, fruity flavor and a touch of oak. Good stuff.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, let me start out by saying I got a case of this for FREE in a raffle so no matter how I thought this beer would taste I'd feel like a winner.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that this seasonal ale that the pub was giving away was actually quite tasty!

The beer pours a dark amber color with a decent head. The smell isn't particularly strong, though it has a sweet and pleasant aroma.

The first tasting notes is that it is very sweet - with a heavy maple flavor with some carmel notes. It strikes me as quite similar to bourbon! The beer is a bit of a contradiction to me because the flavor is robust and sweet, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin and even a little chewy.

This beer was quite a pleasant surprise, and though I wouldn't order it often it works quite well as a pleasant seasonal ale during the cold winter months.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep bronze color with a quick head and no residual foam. Good bubbling.

Sweet malty, bready, biscuity, cake aroma. Not overwhelming sweetness, but bring a smile to your face. Toasty malt, baking cake mix smells, with crackers and biscuits.

Light oily texture to the palate seems to enhance this beers sweetness. Baked angel food cake sweetness with bread crust, crackers, biscuits, and crumptes. Maybe even some Xmas spice in nuance. The yeast and malt combo gie off a few fruity flavors too.

Well rounded, tasty beer full of flavor.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body topped by a thick tan head, lacing was thick but on the bottom third of the glass only. Mouthfeel was substantial and taste had a sweet malty profile with some cherry like fruitiness. Another nice cask offering. Enjoyed this ale with dinner at one of my favorite London pubs. Good match with food.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask

Pours with a dark amber body, fairly good head (light cream), fair retention

Smell, spicy, some hint of eastern spices, mainly a sweetish malt profile in the background

Taste, slight hop bitterness, some spices, malt backbone

A really good little warming cask ale

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with a tight creamy eggshell head with ample trailers. Nose is citrus and spice hops with some buttered batch loaf maltiness. Hazelnut, caramel and crusty bread malts, diacetyl Werther's Original hit in the middle, nutmeg, wood oil and dried orange rind (holiday punch?) hops. Tinny finish, mild golden raisin and spice linger. Round and smooth, medium, with some chew.

Does a great job of tasting holiday-ish without added spice, and is dead on with the body - not too heavy or light. Maple, as another review says - combines wood, sweet, and spice. Wheat smooths out the feel. I could see staying on this all Christmas day.

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Photo of SRossman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Viceroy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a deep red color with a creamy looking white head. The lacing on the glass is pretty good. The smell of the beer was had some nice sweet malt aromas with a touch of spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty nice. Wasn't able to pick up too much of the Christmasy flavors. The malts were good and there was a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and really drinkable. Overall it's not bad, I would drink it again.

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Photo of melagnus
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into snifter glass with moderate head retention; density is only finger-thick. Tan to light brown in color, that hovers over clear copper liquid (SRM 13). Carbonic activity seems quite pronounced, though despite this, head is now roused much upon swirling. Thin film remains.

S - Sweet caramel mixes well with dried fruit (raisins). Vinous in aroma, this delightful sweetness mixes with a mild biscuity note to help balance out the syrupy fruits.

T/M - Medium body that consists of syrupy dried fruit and a toasted/fluffy mouthfeel. The Wheat malt provides the fluffy aspect and the Crystal malt adds the toasted profile. Finishes slightly wet, though the hops bring about a bitter dry (35 IBU) aspect to it. Hops are mild in comparison the the malty profile, which is appropriate for the style. It could be that molasses was added in small quantities to the beer, which would help explain the slightly syrupy profile and sweetness, though not sure. Maris Otter malt very much adds to the complexity of this treat!

D/C - Despite adjuncts, the beer is 5% ABV and doesn't fatigue the palette much. Alcoholic effects are quite mild and the beer is definitely something I could drink over the course of a long weekend. I'm picturing a small stone pub in northern England with snow falling on the sidewalks outside and people crammed into a small dimly lit room. Definitely not a Scotch Ale, or Barleywine, but this beer provides just enough warmth to let you know it's not summer anymore and yet light enough to be drunk in warmer climates as well. I'll definitely be looking for more of these :)


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Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours an off white finger sized head that quickly fades, but leaves a thin layer on top of the brew with some residual lacing. The brew is a nice clear, deep copper color.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, raisins, toffee and some fresh baked bread along with some earthy hop.

Tastes very much as it smells - sweet caramel maltiness, raisins and maybe figs. Nicely balanced earthy herbal hop flavor that almost lends a tea quality.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Mildly carbonated.

Drinkability is high on this one, easily a sessionable brew.

A winter warmer, albeit lighter in abv that I would expect in a winter warmer, but having said that - it is worthy of a try.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Clear dark ruby like a tawny port. Small rim of an off-white head. Pours out very gloopy.
S: Nice and syrupy. Some bubblegum.
T: Bitter backbone, almost to a harsh level. Very sharp and also a bit sour. Otherwise, nice soft soapy hops and a hint of warming syrup, although it's dry. As it approaches room temperature some vanilla and subtle caramel appears. The finish is a bit too bitter.
O: Apart from the unpleasant bitter/sour finish it's quite nice.

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Rosey Nosey from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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