21st October 2016 – Review by Rob
Brewed to celebrate Admiral Nelson and his crew. It is powerful, pale copper coloured with a peppery aroma and goes well with stew and gravy dishes. A Gold medal winner in the World’s 50 Best Beers International Beer Competition and a CAMRA Champion Strong Ale of Britain Winner.
Batemans are a great family brewers who have been brewing beer in their windmill on the beautiful bank of the river Steeping in Lincolnshire since 1874.
Unfortunately this is a beer I know all so well being CAMRA’s and the world’s greatest beer drinker I’ve already voted this one to be one of the world’s 50 best beers, so for the purpose of this review I will pretend that this is the first time I’ve drunk it.
Beautiful coppery clear colour to the drink, slight hint of pepper in the aroma, beautiful clean taste of a light clean ale, this is fairly inoffensive to the pallet and you’d be fooled in thinking this was a true session beer but at 6.0% you’d be a fool to drink several pints of this, unless you weighed 30 stone you will come quickly unstuck.
Definitely an autumn beer, not a clear summer’s IPA nor a deep dark stout for a cold winters night by the pub fire, this sits in between, a beer if you’re having an October BBQ in the English drizzle, a beer to be savoured. This is like Mike Tyson’s fist in a silk glove, a classy brute force drink, and a big thumbs up, go find and try.