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Rosey Nosey | George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 82
Photo of flyingpig
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear & a light reddish copper colour with a pinky sized, creamy white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

Mild on the nose with very little smell at all, after some effort I could detect some background caramel aromas and hints of toffee along with a biscuit like, malty aroma but nothing else really.

Caramel and butterscotch are the most prominent flavours from this one along with a bitter, toffee like taste. I was quite disappointed with the taste of this one, it was pretty basic and unexciting.

Creamy on the palate to begin with and minimal carbonation and an overly bitter end.

This one had almost nothing going for it and was a real struggle to drink; not a beer I enjoyed or would have again. Only the butterscotch notes were pleasant but not much else.

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Photo of rinhaak
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reading the other reviews here, I have begun to wonder if I had a bad bottle. The beer I cracked open was utterly undrinkable, and I dumped the entire thing after about six sips. Was it the beer? Or just that my taste is tremendously different from everyone else's? Who can say.

But what I can say is:

The beer poured a rich copper with a thin, airy head that quickly faded to nothing. The nose was very rich with a lot of malty-sweetness, toffee, copper, prunes, and overripe fruit.

It was very, very syrupy with very little carbonation. Cloying sweet with a whallop of intense flavors. Most of the flavors centered around rotten fruit, with a bit of prune juice and cloves mixed in. As it warmed, it got sweeter, a little breadier, but really way too rotten tasting to be drinkable for my palate.

I generally love winter warmers, but this beer didn't have that full, overripe fruit flavor that can be so appealing in a beer. Rather, that fruitiness went straight to a rotten flavor that I just couldn't get past.

Drink with caution.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV is stated as 4.7%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber hue with good carbonation. Forms a small off-white head that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of toffee, butterscotch and stewed hops. A hint of diacetyl and a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a lingering bitter finish. Notes of toffee, brown sugar and stewed leaves, followed by a harsh bitterness. A whisper of diacetyl in the background. Mouthfeel is rather thin, with tingly carbonation and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves.

A seriously underwhelming Christmas ale with a weak and unpleasant character. Lots missing from this one; more malt and a sweeter, fruitier, spicier flavour. The harsh bitterness can go as well. Not impressed - a beer to avoid.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug. It pours a clear, copper-colored body under a small, beige head. Bready nose with some fruity hops, just as expected from a low ABV English old ale. The flavor is much the same, sweet, bready and with dried fruits. Bready finish as well. Dryish mouthfeel, even though it's rather sweet. Sure, it's drinkable and quite tasteful, but too boring to make it very interesting. Not impressed for the winter concept category.

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Photo of claspada
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of rum-spiked Christmas cookies, light biscuity malt, almonds and some herbal hops.

The tastes are mainly dry grainy malts with a slight roasty finish, herbal tea, a bit woody, finishes as dry as it starts with a vegetal and slightly bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation and the typical English minerally texture.

Overall this is an average Winter Warmer at best; nothing "bad" bu nothing memorable or thoroughly enjoyable. Very sessionable but no need to repeat anytime soon.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, medium layer of frothy tan foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: rum-spiked Christmas cookies, malt, almonds, herbally hops

Flavor: dry grainy malt backbone with a roasty edge, slight acidity, hint of peppery alcohol, a bit woody, finishes as dry as it starts with a vegetal and slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, minerally texture

Other comments: The label states that this beer "will really complement your turkey" (Ooh, what crispy skin you have!). Well, I don't have any turkey here, but it goes pretty well with peanuts!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bateman's Rosey Nosey

Pours a bright copper color, with a soapy white head. Aromas of toffee, butterscotch, caramel and floral, herbal hop. In the taste, toffee, buttery diacetyl, and a nice bit of noble hop bitterness. Much akin to the English ESB, this is certainly more of a bitter than a warmer. Refreshingly unspiced (though there is a vague suggestion of white pepper and cinnamon in the finish), this drinks like an English session ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and overall, this is a nice simple brew.

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Photo of charlatan
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle with freshness date a year away. This is a chestnut coloured beer with an offwhite head. The nose is quite sweet with hints of chocolate and blackcurrant. A slightly overcarbonated start gives way to a very pleasant malty flavour with a little toffee in the mix. It ends up like a brown ale backed with some spicy hops. This makes for a good sipper.

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Photo of smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kinda a soda pop head--it lasts longer, but it is big bubbled and leaves no lace. The liquid itself is crystal clear with a dark amber color.

Lots of caramel, malty aroma in the smell.

Quite sweet with a decent amount of hop for counter balance, but this is crystal malt flavored beer with residual maltose. Rich body with good carbonation levels. The aftertaste is mildly coy from the sugar with a hint of bitterness.

Overall, this beer is all over the map. In short, I'd describe it as a poor man's Samuel Smith's Winter Warmer as it has a similar flavor profile.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not quite sure about the age of this beer (new to our market, but is packaged differently from the Batemans XXXB). Stamp on the neck reads "9188 198B"... oh nevermind, that clears it up....
Brought straight up from the cellar, and poured into the Two Brothers Imperial Pint glass.

A - Two fingers of tan head with an almost orange tint. The body has perfect clarity, light mahogany with orange tints as well. The foam completely disappeared after a few minutes, without leaving even a goodbye note (or thin ring/slight lacing for that matter)

S - Ginger, mild clove and nutmeg spiciness are balanced with a mild herbal quality all on a politely big British toasty-caramel-nutty(almond/peacan)-biscuty malt body. Mild sweet orange citrus and earthy hop notes barely puncture the malt and yeast aromas to complete this very British aroma.

T - If I was ever going to make ginger snap cookies, I imagine that they would taste very similar to this beer, complete with the lingering sweet spice finish. Sweet caramel malt, evergreen gum-esque herbs, mild clove spice in the mid-palate, ginger throughout, all scream "Cookie!" to me... The only departure from the cookie impersonation is the earthy, almost mushroom like flavor I seem to be picking up from the hops along with the mild citrus and spice, along with lingering minerals in the finish.

M - Very soft mouthfeel, with the low carbonation that one would expect from Batemans. I was hoping for a little more viscosity in the body, however.

D - A very mild winter warmer, yet still screams "Holidays!" Malty, English in every way, with a nice balance between spices and malts. The hops, while very mild, did add extra complexity to the ale. In a season full of breweries using spices with reckless abandon, a milder brew like this has it's place, particularly to liven up a dry Thanksgiving meal.
My one concern is again with the age of this bottle. This is a new brewery to my market, so if the bottle is old, it's been sitting at the brewery or importer's warehouse, but I can not ever imagine referring to this beer as having a "generous hop flavour" as Bateman's website states. I know it's not going to be Hop Slam, but still at 35 IBUs, I would predict a little more hop presence.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coppery-orange from the bottle with a pie crust colored head that was soapy and weak. A beautiful ruby-burgundy when backlighted shows a crystal clarity and a slow lazy rising effervesce centered within.

S: Fruity nose mixes with cherry wood and sweet toasted grains. Dried apple peels with a light spicy hopping. Light and refrained.

T: The flavor was toasted sweet of crystal malts, with strong raisiny hints, perhaps from a darker variety. Light rum alcohol notes with some figs add some support and holiday cheer much like a dried fruit cake. Touches of fennel and rosewood while it finishes dry with some dark crystal malt raisiny notes.

M: Tight and bubbly mouthful, malty and syrupy of medium weight.

O: Overall not your typical overly spiced holiday beer, has a more subtle, maltier variety with a dark raisiny finish. The more it warms up, the more evident the dark crystal malts and raisiny tones become.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot to produce a rich dark brown body with reddish hues and a thin big bubbled head.

The aroma given off by this beer is malty biscuit, hops and all spice.

The taste is nice but not really enough with bitter notes red fruits and hints of cinnamon but it finish with a nasty artificial metallic taste.

worth a try but really left me cold for a winter warmer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Bombardier conisc pint glass.

A - Pours a red copper colour with an off white creamy head that reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, dark fruit, toffee and some yeast.

T - Grain and some fruity type malts with caramel. Finishes with some bitterness.

M - Low carbonation but medium to full bodied.

D - Decent sessionable ale

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Photo of wl0307
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by half-pint at the Coach & Horses pub, nr. Bond St., London.
A: it pours a lightly hazy, dark ruby hue, coming absolutely flat and no beer head at all... low carbonation as anticipated.
S: caramel syrupy and lightly (port) vinous upfront, plus sweet raisins or preserved dark fruits aroma... a touch of X'mas pudding like, semi-thick textured spicy and fruity note sustains at the back. Not bad~~
T: caramel malts prevail on the front, with good support of spicy and fruity hoppyness and a lovely dryish finish; in the aftertaste the spicy bitter taste lingers well with a slightly herbal edge.
D: overall, this beer is refreshingly spicy malty brew. Very easy to quaff and light on the texture. I could imagine when served fresher on cask, a more lively profile of malts should be there to give the beer more body. Not bad.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

Pours copper/auburn with a pinky of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Apricots & leafy hops, persimmons as this warms

T: Much dark fruittyness; figs & apricots, plus breadyness & leafy hops & a touch of butterscotch up front. Figgyness & woody hops dominate as this warms, slight hints of mint as well. Finishes dry, very fruitty with more woody hops; this is not really the sum of it's parts

MF: Light bodied, light carbonation & okay balance

Drinks easy enough, but falls way short of my expectations. This brewery kicks ass with its cask offerings, this bottled offering doesn't come close to measuring up...

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colored ale with a wispy white head.

Smell is sweet and herbal with the scent of English style hops. Butter, leather, leaf tobacco and toffee candy. Little bit of cinnamon and ginger.

Starts out much drier than it smells. Butter and toffee with a little lemon, not very spiced though. Little bit of cinnamon and that is about it. Mostly this tastes like an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is OK. Nothing special here, I can take it or leave it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Ruddy amber plum color. One and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention was lacking, but a decent amount of lacing was left behind.

3.5 S: Malt heavy featuring caramel, toffee, and raisin and plum fruitiness. A few doses of mineral as well. Breadiness from the yeast. Quite earthy without much of a hop presence.

3.5 T: Bready foremost with caramel, light toffee, plum and raisin fruitiness and possibly some dates. Again a good bit of mineral. Yeasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Mellow carbonation, but appropriate. Lightly creamy.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but not very exciting overall.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to deep amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, dark fruit, especially raisins. In the taste, dark fruit, especially raisin and a small malt backing. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry raisin like fruitiness in the aftertaste. Big raisin flavor with a lighter body, OK, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber hue with a nice haze and a robust effervescence. Head is a very thin layer of ivory foam without much retention. Aside from the head, quite nice looking.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma with a hint of raisins and plums. Not bad, but there is almost a sour or funky quality that is not really sour or funky in a good way. But for that, it's not bad.

Taste: toasted malt up front which is drier than I would have guessed from the aroma. This develops a little bit into a sweeter, fruitier flavor with tobacco and raisin flavors. Bitterness is low to moderate. Not bad, but it doesn't really pique my interest.

Mouthfeel: nice and smooth with a medium body and decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is not a bad beer; it's a nice, mild choice for a winter warmer. But really, there's not a whole lot to recommend it.

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Photo of Brabander
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer form Blackhaddock on the Christmas beerfestival in Essen, Belgium. Thanks Jeremy!

Poured out this beer in a La Trappe tasting glass today. It should be a winterwarming beer but today with sunny weather this beer tasted OK.

Darkred fluid and light foamy head. Neutral smell, some cherries. In the taste you can get some cherrie in the first sip, after that this cherrie taste is gone. Light somewhat sweettasting beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 4.9%. Copper coloured beer, moderate off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, hints of grassy hops too. Malty flavour, medium sweet, caramel and a hint of fruit (preserved cherries?). A dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Okay.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Persimmon orange with edges of polished brass and a tidy looking crown of cork colored suds. Good visual character, good persistence and good enough lace. Guess that means the appearance deserves a good score. Even more impressive lace (thick and fuzzy rings) is laid down in the end.

The nose is more classic English ale than winter warmer. Then again, interpretations of this style vary widely among breweries. Toasted bready aromas combine with a bruised apple fruitiness... and no spiciness. Nothing but the four basics here.

There's nothing especially Yule-like about Rosey Nosey Holiday Ale on the palate either. This seasonal offering tastes like a caramel/crystal malted EPA or ESB with more biting hoppiness than most. 35 IBUs is up there for the English. Okay, so this stuff is pretty festive after all... from a hophead's perspective.

Maris Otter pale, crystal and wheat malts contribute at least as much flavor as the hops (Goldings, Challenger, Liberty). Bitterness supercedes sweetness, however, since this bottle is only several months old at the very most. Specifics include well-toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, overripe apples and black tea leaves.

The mouthfeel isn't too bad considering the ABV. On the other hand, a winter ale ought to be slightly more bulky than this and the hang-on could be longer. The bubbles are a little too sharp and stinging as well, which negates whatever creaminess might've been present.

Rosey Nosey is nowhere near your typical American winter warmer, which makes sense since it isn't brewed in America by Americans. It looks like slightly darker malts, abundant hops and a higher-than-a-session-ale ABV are enough to qualify for Christmas ale status in the U.K.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle with a code that doesn't make sense.

It's a cheery red brown beer with not much of a head when poured straight down. The bubbles are creamy and tan.

Slightly soapy, minty, nutty, understated in that English way.

Sweet balanced by earthy, nutty malt. Dark caramel and a little herby hop flavor.

Substantive body, a bit rich. Creamy and definitely fitting to be sipped by a crackling fire.

This beer is very English, with it's subtle aroma and malt focus. It goes down easily and I could see myself choosing to have two or three in the cold.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I like the way it smells over the way it tastes.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a bubbly, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Malty, sweet-smelling notes in the fore of caramel glazed bread crusts with lighter hints of fruit and spicy-minded hops.

Taste: Flavors of toast and sweet caramel imparted by the Maris Otter. Slight dark fruitiness. Spicy, herbaceous mix of English hops with a faint accompanying bitterness. Slight mineral tones on the drying finish with a final hint of estery fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No more than a decent, above-average, sessionable Wintertime brew.

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