14 May 2009

Serving the other Dark Lord

I think I've yet to encounter a Bateman's beer I didn't like. The darker ones like Victory and XXXB have this fantastic chewiness combined with a heady warming aroma that tickles my malt sensors right where they like it. To such esteemed company, I now add their ruby ale Dark Lord.

Well, they claim it's ruby. I had to hold it up to a lightbulb to see any trace of red. It's denser and darker than many a stout I've met, with a beautifully thick creamy head and only a gentle sparkle adding to this impression.

The nose is quite sour, suggesting the tang of yeast to me, even though it's not bottle conditioned. This is followed by a mostly sweet taste sensation: luxurious chocolate and smooth caramel, but there's a zingy bitter fruit thing going on, a spiced plumminess that reminds of nothing so much as Westmalle Dubbel or similar top-notch dark Belgian ale.

Getting all that into a sinkable 5% ABV package is no mean feat.

9 comments:

  1. The world needs more Dark Lords. Sounds delicious.

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  2. Sounds wonderful! Would love to brew something similar.

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  3. I had this and yes it's a lovely beer. Nice and dark but not too strong in alcohol too.

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  4. Its good to see some of their range over here

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  5. Anonymous11:47 p.m.

    where did you pick it up? sounds great.
    dereko1969

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  6. It was from DrinkStore on Manor Street.

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  7. I was surprised by how dark it was too. It was enjoyable but I think I paid too much heed to the extensive blurb on the label and it didn't really measure up.

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  8. Interesting. I was only slagging off Bateman's the other day because they don't sell a bottled porter or stout, but perhaps they feel they've done their duty by putting this out.

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  9. If one deems ruby porter to be an acceptable representative of the genre, then here you are. But if you're after roastiness, keep whining at them.

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