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?
3.6AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.