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


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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark golden with a small whitish head. Aroma of caramel and fruity hops, bit yeasty. Flavour of roasted malt and caramel, some fruitiness with a little bitterness. The finish is dry with bitter hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (804) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2007
Small head, low in carbonation. Rich in taste, malty and a well balanced bitterness with some sugar, hints of resin and fruity acid. Easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle, some liveliness in the pour for a clear amber colour with a frothy off-white head that quickly disappeared. A rich and sweet malty aroma - some caramal and Christmas cake notes. Some fizz in the mouth and an unfortunate metallicness. Sweet and malty flavours, a bit too sweet. A tanginess in the finish as well that just doesn’t quite work. Another OK beer from Shepherd Neame - but that’s all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2007
Fairly standard in appearance - darkish amber with a thin head. Soft malts with some noticeable sweetness. Similar in the palate early but sharpens considerably with a bitter kick at the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3728) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2006
Draught at The Rover. Orange with a white head, no lacings. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, long duration. Light /medium body, flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2154) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
Strong malty aroma. Light copper colour with a thin head. High carb. Nice smooth wood feel, malty with a hint of spice. Alcoholic tang. tasty beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2006
This seems to get good ratings, but, for me, this is one of the Neame’s poorer efforts. It’s strong, I’ll give it that, but is too sweet and caremel for my liking. I still drunk it, of course, but if I were to have a Neame tomorrow, I’d rather have a Late Red, Masterbrew or, even, their flagship Spitfire ale. Also, watch out for the crystallisation in the bottom of the bottle: sedimentary, my dear Watson!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4530) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle conditioned: brilliant gold colour with no head, this may have been due to the careful pouring to avoid the light sediment - light carbonation provides some live; typical Shepherd Neame yeasty aroma, strong hoppy taste but not overwhelming; not too bitter either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
A rich zesty pint with a subtle but fruity nose and caramel adter-taste. Slightly cloying but still a decent drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10573) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2006
On tap at Bishop Arms, Gothenburg. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, hint of hop. Flavour is sweet, apple, malt, hop.

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