14th November 2016 – Review by Andy
After reviewing Victory Ale and Mocha, Batemans got in touch via Twitter thanking us for the reviews and we got talking, Batemans then casually offered to send us a few bottles of the rest of their range for sampling!
Now BeerClub_UK was just two weeks old then, so I had to try and hide my excitement somewhat, and replied along the lines of: “That would be amazing if you could, THANK YOU!”
Batemans were as good as their word and two days later a box arrived, cue more excitement at BeerClub_UK towers!
8 bottles arrived and we had 2 of each of the following; Dark Lord, Combined Harvest, Triple XB & Rosey Nosey.
We got together for a family meal and to give the Batemans range a road test. There were 4 of us in the BeerClub_UK sampling team that day so a good range to taste test the beers.
Over the next 4 days we will bring you a review of each, first up is Dark Lord…
Dark Lord is brewed to commemorate ‘Black Tom’ who fought in The Battle of Winceby, which took place near Lincolnshire Bollingbroke Castle in 1643. This rich style of beer was drunk in the local taverns by Knighted Gentry celebrating their victories. It is an ideal accompaniment to roast beef or venison. Dark, Delicious & Delectable.
The first thing you notice is the colour, as black a beer as you’ll find, given the name then I guess that is what Batemans were after anyway – tick here.
There is a decent smell of treacle to it and at 5%, before tasting, you could be forgiven for thinking this could be Tennants Super to the taste.
However, that couldn’t be further from the truth, this is super smooth in taste and although deep in colour is not a porter in depth, in fact taste wise this is so smooth it slips down a treat without leaving much of a lingering after taste at all.
I personally really enjoyed it, as did Rob, however the other two who tried it weren’t as keen – both the older members of BeerClub_UK that day, so make of that what you will.
This tasting lark is all about personal preference anyhow, so I guess you’ll have to try it for yourself.