Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
"Kentish Strong Ale".
First brewed in 1998 as a special @ 10.5% abv to celebrate Shepherd Neames tricentenary. A cask version at 4.5% was also released. Was made a pasteurised bottle regular at 6.5% under the name Celebration Ale. Relaunched in March 2005 as a bottle conditioned strong ale @ 6.5% simply as 1698.
Only local hops and malted barley and water drawn from our artesian well are used to brew 1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale. Hops are added three times, hence it is "thrice hopped".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oleg85 (52) - Yaroslavl, RUSSIA - FEB 3, 2016
Bought as 1698 Kentish Strong Ale. L: Pours clear tea-like color (oh, its called auburn) with a lot of small bubbles rising. Head is 3 fingers tall but its not thick enough and disappears in few seconds without any lacing. S: Sweet, hoppy, caramel. T: Faint hoppy taste, some malts in aftertaste, bitternes 40-45 IBU I think. F: Light to medium-bodied, not crispy enough. O: Its quite drinkable but for me its just ordinary ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4107) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear deep golden pour. Aroma of slightly spicy hops, some licorice and quite malty. Flavor is sweet spicy malts, nice full body, decent balance. Quite bitter finish. Simple and well drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (1140) - CROATIA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle; pours clear amber with a white head; aroma of caramel and malt; taste is caramel, bread, and a hint of fruit; finish is dry with a bit of bitterness; okay

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aragh (157) - POLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Kolor bursztynowy, obwdka średniopęcherzykowej piany. Zapach słodki, owocowy z nutą toffi. W smaku słodkie z wyraźną kwaśnością, owoce leśne i tropikalne, karmel, chleb, średnio-niska gorycz ziołowo-alkoholowa, posmak trochę winny. Nasycenie wysokie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (3778) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Bottles from Tesco and Asda. Amber coloured with a floral and peppery hop flavour followed by marzipan notes on the finish. Very Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
torejh (61) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle. Clear and dark amber beer. Nose of sweet caramel. Malty taste. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervezadrinker (52) - MEXICO - DEC 30, 2015
bottle 500 mL poured in dimple mug. clear amber-copper color with almost no head, aroma is caramel malt not hiding some booze. Taste is caramel malt, moderate bitterness, hop and some pleasant booze. not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (3276) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours clear deep amber, small white head. Caramel malt aroma. Taste is caramel malts, some molasses with a rich booze presence. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kita (1678) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear amber brown color with thin soapy off-white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma is bready, grassy, fruity and a bit alcoholic. Taste starts with moderate sweet caramel and toasted malt, follows grassy, yeasty and fruity, mouthfeel is mild spicy, while finish is moderate bitter. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Relatively good job...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klukas (2) - Rijeka, CROATIA - NOV 18, 2015 does not count
Poured from a 0,5 l bottle into a massive mug; enjoyed with vege pizza. Bright red coloured, with dirty-white head - pretty sight. Malty taste, little carbonation and gently-bitter aftertaste. Overall: good enjoyable beer.

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