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


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RATINGS: 376   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2010
bottle. Pours a rich amber with cream coloured head. Plenty of lacing. Aromas of biscuity malt, caramel, ginger ale and some spice. Nice. Flavours are sweet up front with a dry slightly bitter finish. Great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2010
Bottled. Ambery golden colour, small beige head. Aroma is floral and wooden hops along with some slight fruity notes as well as bready malts. Flavour is rather much the same in a nice balance. Also some slight yeasty notes in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2010
Pours light copper with a slightly off-white moderately lasting head. Malty nose with some spicy yeast notes. Malty and spicy caramel with fruits in flavor. Refreshing dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rune1986 (13) - NORWAY - JAN 5, 2010
6,5 % Aroma: bread, citrus, cereal, caramel. Apperance: golden, brown, clear, white foam. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2010
330 ml bottle. Sparkling copper colour. Crystal clear. Medium-sized off-white fine-laced head. Nice fruity and caramelly aroma with a nutty background. Mellow texture. Rich caramelly flavours melded with earthy and crisp hops. Nutty, caramelly. Toffee and notes of chocolate. Feels rich and soothing. An excellent beer with a lot of flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
330ml bottle. Clear copper body. Quite thin in bouth aroma and flavor. Has some hops, metal, is little flowery and brings some colamalt. But everything is to anonymous. Quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2009
0.33 L bottle from Systembolaget, Charlottenberg. High, fluffy white head. Bright amber colored body. Pleasant aroma of nutty malts and cream-caramel. A hint of alcohol and dark fruits. Relatively light-bodied, with an appropriate sweet, rounded malt base. Nuts, cream-caremel, and a fair amount of earthy bittering hops. A fine bitterness lingers in the finish. A well-made and elegant Brit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2009
33 cl bottle. Pours clear sparkling golden amber. Decent tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of milkchocolate, some fruit and spices. Sweet malty flavor with dried fruit, caramel and a syrupy sweetness ending with atouch of alcohol. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
Gemytlig öl som skänker utrymme för njutning. Inga större åthävor, ganska lagom i all sin sobra enkelhet. Hade gärna fått göra större cirklar, varit mer generös med infall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22412) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
23rd May 2008. Reasonably well balanced ale. Malt just slightly dominant. Finishes with a subtle banana note. Quite drinkable.

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