Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Batemans Rosey Nosey Holiday Ale

For today's Christmas beer review we stay on the other side of the pond and check out a British winter warmer made by Batemans - Rosey Nosey Holiday Ale. I've never had an English Christmas beer before - how would it compare to the American and Belgium beers of the style that I'm used to?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (621) - Albany, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass

APPEARANCE: Pretty reddish-brown/mahogany color. Good-size head. Ok lacing and retention.

AROMA: Very mild. Smells like a traditional English bitter. Nothing indicates this is a winter warmer. No spices per se.

TASTE: Starts off quite tasty and satisfying like an ESB. A red apple fruitiness up front and traditional British "cereal" malts in the middle and back. Sharp, dry bitterness on the finish and aftertaste. As I get towards the bottom, the palate becomes more mild, flatter and borderline watery.

MOUTHFEEL: Low carbonation but thicker mouthfeel than you’d expect. Definitely leaves a drying sensation which gets annoying.

DRINKABILITY: a very easy beer to quaff. 5% ABV is very low for a winter warmer, this drinks more like a real ale or something similar.

OVERALL: A good beer, but not nearly as robust as I expect or prefer in a winter warmer.

Grade: 7/10

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