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


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RATINGS: 371   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 Neame’s 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
I_LUV_BEER (172) - - MAY 4, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry fruits, caramel malts, bread and yeast. Taste is malty with caramel, dry fruits and slightly spicy. Medium body with medium carbonation and a short slightly bitter finish. Really nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (6608) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2016
How: Draught.
Where: The Bishops Arms Humlegården, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Fruit, floral, malt, caramel, citrus.
Body: Medium body and carbonaiton.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, some citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (6909) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 7, 2016
Clear deep golden color with a off white head. Ok lacing. Looks ok. Toffee, herbal and fruity aroma with an ok intensity. Medium (+) body and an average carbonation. Tad sweet and a bit oily texture. Shepheard Neame fuity and herbal flavor together with some toffee. Quite plain decent English Strong Ale.
[Bottle from an Off License in London, England]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artyom (970) - Osijek, CROATIA - MAR 21, 2016
0.5l bottle. Amber color with white head. Aroma is fruity and earthy with toffee notes. Taste is malty with low to moderate bitterness. Overall it’s good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grisza77 (535) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 17, 2016
Bursztynowe, klarowne piwo o średniej pianie, która utrzymuje się do końca w postaci pierścionka przy brzegu szkła. Aromat lekko opiekany, lekko alkoholowy, lekko chmielowy. W smaku słodowe z nutą ziołową. Goryczka średnia, przyjemna, ziołowa. Ogólnie dość udane typowo angielskie piwo, niczego nie urywa, ale pije się przyjemnie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4466) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2016
Draught @ BAJT. Pours clear deep golden with a small frothy pale beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving a thick ring of lacing on the glass. Smell is malty and fruity with sweet dark bread, toffee, plums, grapes, hay, lemon peal and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, tiny fruity and tiny spicy. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fairly herbal with hints of both toffee malts, dark fruits and St Johns wort. Decent strong ale... Nothing too exciting...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hub66 (383) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 21, 2016
couleur ambrée; petite mousse blanc-crème; arômes et goût très maltés (trop; petit goût désagréable ensuite; bière trop douce avec trop d’alcool

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18087) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
Sample at Bishops Arms, Jönköping. Clear golden/amber beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, citrus, grapes, biscuits, some toffee. Malty fruity flavor, caramel, grapes, biscuits, slightly spicy. Kinda ordinary english ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oleg85 (79) - Yaroslavl, RUSSIA - FEB 3, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2016 Bought as 1698 Kentish Strong Ale. L: Pours clear tea-like color (oh, it’s called auburn) with a lot of small bubbles rising. Head is 3 fingers tall but it’s 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: It’s quite drinkable but for me it’s just ordinary ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4247) - 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.

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