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: 56 | Ratings: 83
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 ProfessorHomer
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mahogony reddish/brown, very thin, tiny head that lasts, minimal lacing.

S: malty, yeasty.

T: quite hoppier than expected, adequate carbonation; bread, caramel & walnut notes. Some slight fruit note of raisin and/or cherries. Malty sweet taste throughout. Bitter lingertaste.

M: full, creamy, solid carbonation.

Overall: an interesting beer - lots of subtle things in this one. Not your typical winter warmer at all, certainly not one of those overspiced/high ABV creations. Try one!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Jason
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 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 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 BierFan
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a mug. ABV of 5.0%.

Appearance: Off-white head. Clear dark orange body. I was expecting this to be much darker.

Smell: A little bit of raisin in the aroma. Otherwise not alot going on.

Taste: More raisins and some fig in the taste. But it isn't really fruity. Appropriate level of hop bitterness.

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Photo of Twitchsey
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to light bronze with little head that fades quickly away. faint aroma of winter-ish spices (nutmeg, cloves and the like) and a bready note to it.

Flavor is that of a deep spicy malt characteristic. with a finish of hops at the end of the flavor. well balanced, but fairly mild.

medium carbonation to the beer with a medium body to it.

Overall, it is very enjoyable. Makes for a good cool day beer to warm you up and get you in the mood for the winter months.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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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