Rosey Nosey | George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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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

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Added by Mark on 01-23-2003

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know its a little early for the winter warmers but today was cold and damp so I figured this was appropriate.Poured a clear lighter bronze color with a thin quick to fade white head,faint aromas of caramel biscuit,some metallic,and a bit of dark toast.Flavors a nice and fruity with that dark dry toast and a light herbal finish.Its a lighter bodied holiday brew,not one thing stands out but its appetizing,not bad.

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Photo of smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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 russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Jason
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle with a bottle code that I can't decipher.

Quick formation of two fingers of head, crackle pop to a thin lace that is resilient enough to leave some stickage on the glass. Buttery malt sweetness, peppery earthy minty hop, faint salt and some over-ripened fruit in the nose. Smooth and slick with a creamy medium body. Buttery, hint of sulphur, white chocolate sweetness meets a bowl of ripe fruit which end up being mainly raisins. Maltiness drops toffee and toasted honey biscuits. Hop bitterness is scattered but the flavor lingers with earthy, woody, peppery notes. Hint of estery alcohol in the back, mild. Flash of salt, toasted malt and herbal hop remnant in the semi-dry finish.

A bottle of controlled chaos, a lot going on here in this averaged sized package. I dig it, English and all ... it seems to work and comes up as being a quick sipper for me.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer took me by surprise in a number of ways, although it wound up being fairly unexceptional in the end. First, it poured a very clear dark gold color with a modest head and lacing to match; was expecting a much darker brew. Also, carbonation was quite lively; ultimately even a bit prickly on the tongue, which I didn’t expect from this nearly 2-year old bottle.

Aroma and taste were both fairly mild; trace sweetness; bready malt, light spices, pretty much no hop presence save a little bittering at the end. As the beer warmed some little details emerged, particularly the raisin/date/general fruitcake flavor, toffee, and woody notes.

Not all that interesting overall. Easy drinking with light flavors for a winter warmer; not bad but a little bland and a touch overcarbonated for my liking.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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 pat61
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

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 Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark clear amber with a soft light English head, some lace. Almost looks like a cask pint.

S: Maris otter malt, raisins, brown sugar/molasses.

T: Classic English dark crystal malt flavour, treacle sweetneess. Some red grape/raisin and mission fig esters, definite residual sugar. Earthy Goldings bite on the end add balance.

M: Soft easy carbonation, creamy, I like this aspect a lot, what you look for in an English pint. Nice long slightly sweet finish. Not cloying at all.

D: Nice drinking winter beer. A session beer out of a winter warmer, good pint.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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 jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear nice copper color. Light spicy, malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light spices and hints of caramel. $7.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of wl0307
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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 bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. However, there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, caramel, raisins and some butterscotch. It's a mostly sweet malty aroma. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some toasted malt and figs. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it certainly goes down easy enough. I think it's a decent brew, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Rosey Nosey from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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