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


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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
brown with a light head, burnt toasty nose with a robust nutty flavour throughout. feel is soft with a light aftertaste. great all rounder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
From tap at Charlies. Pours clear and golden orange with a small tan head. Mild fruity and slight roa ted malty aroma. Sweet overripe fruity flavoured at first. Slight mouldy note following. Light liqourice note following. Mild roasted and slighty dark in the malt flavours. Lasting fruity flavoured and sweet impression into the finish. Subdued bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2008
Tap @ Charlie’s, Cph.
Pours a nice ruby copper with a big, creamy, lightly off-white head. Aroma has some toffee and a little butterscotch. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, good caramel. Light warming and sticky with some slight roasted notes at the end. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 2, 2008
Aroma is overall sweet with traces of cereal, banana and grain.. The beer looks nice with a clear amber body, with small bubbles and medium particles. The flavor is flowery, slightly bitter, sweet but too thin. The palate is watery and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 11, 2008
middle copper color and slightly offwithe head smells of malt caramel and hops tasts of malt ,toffee ,hops and fruit aftertaste bittersweet ,caramel,fruit and has even a bit of a chocolate-like hint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10771) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 29, 2008
clear and bright amber colour, big white foamy head; aroma of berries and caramel; good malt body, some sweetness and a moderate bitterness in a lively palate; flowery and long caramelish aftertaste - very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - AUG 14, 2008
On tap (25 cl) @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Very good Shepherd Neame-brew, I was surprised. Aroma of dried fruits + sweet malt & caramel. Taste is moastly of malt, dried fruit, caramel and almond with a slight note of warming alcohol. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 30, 2008
No 431
Rated: 10.06.2008
Bottle transparent (white), 500 ml
Appearance: Pours orangy - amber body colour with many sediments of yeasty origin floating in the body texture, carbonation of body is medium, head is initially medium, slowly decreasing to small, off - white, cappuccino like in colour, lacing is visible on tha wall of the glass. Sediments are falling down to the glass - bottom.
Aroma: Fruity sweet malty aroma dominating over the earthy hoppyness, slightly herbal hoppy nose, very gentle notes of red fruits but slightly too weak to specify what kind of fruits it contains.
Flavour: Tangy sweet maltyness at front, alcohol is moderate and is quite well felt, red fruits become present in the retronasal aroma, caramel, touch of white bread, milk chockolate, gentle notes of mead, noble hops earth hidden under sweetness, carbonation is felt quite strongly on palate. Finish feel is average to long.
Palate: Body is medium, texture is wattery and slightly seems smooth, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is moderate alcoholic and neutral in other aspects for slight spicyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
Good head on an amber well carbonated ale, aroma clove malt.Flavourclove bitter hop,malt taste,nutmeg,cinnamon.Finish is sweet good bitterness,okay ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2008
Bottled. A rich brown headless beer. You can see the yeast in the bottle, but it has cardboardy pasteurized flavours. Toffee, fruit caramel and a bit of wood. Boiled sweets and really chewy malt. You’d think after 310 years they could do better than this wouldn’t you?

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