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


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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale is a very full bodied beer with a great filling and smooth taste. This English Strong Ale has a beautiful color and was served with a great head. I enjoyed two pints in Hong Kong while studying overseas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6717) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2008
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms, Vasagatan, Stockholm, 22 Jan 2008) Amber colour with frothy, white head. Fruity nose with notes of dark fruit, nuts and malt sweetness shining through. Malty, nutty taste with citrus, dark fruit, solid malt sweetness and nicely balanced bitternes in the finish. Nice and balanced, but on the sweetish side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5716) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2008
500ml Bottle- Copper coloured with a small white head. Malty and lightly hoppy aroma with a hint of toffee,caramel and peach. Not a very strong aroma but enough to notice. Nutty, malty taste which is slightly spicy and also features caramel and toffee. I quite like this. If only they brought back their bottle conditioned porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - DEC 4, 2007
Alla spina al Penny Black (NA); mezza pinta inglese, versa colore ambrato rossiccio con non molta schiuma che se ne va abbastanza presto. Aroma interessante, fiorito, profumato; sapore leggermente al di sotto delle aspettative comunque graziosamente luppolato anche se un po’ grezzo nella sua dolcezza non molto stemperata e non aiutato da un corpo un po’ acquoso. Comunque buona!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1783) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle - Ye Olde Beverlie, Canterbury. 1698, one from Shepherd Neame that I have been looking for for quite some time, pours a dark amber with a fairly-sized white head. It was a tad too cold for me when first poured, but after allowing it to warm slightly the flavours developed nicely. However, I still found it lacking in the aroma department; faintly malty to partner a slight hoppiness. Flavours of sweet and roasted malts hit the tongue with an ample dose of nuttiness. A nice, smooth beer on the palate as well, yet not too thin and not too thick (despite a fairly high alcohol content).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle at home ... Copper colour ... Sharp fruit hop nose ... Fruity with a little caramel malt ... tiny clove touch ... quite grapefruit and a bit bitter in linger... All round not to bad and better than id expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2007
Red, clear. Crisp flavor, fruit and butterscotch. Pleasant hops. Aroma is much softer than the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tranquillity (1433) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle conditioned. BBQ, pinapple aroma. Dark orange, with a small white head. Taste bitter from the beginnig, spicy and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 28, 2007
Appearance: amber copper color, transparent. Medium head, consistent but low persistent. Aroma: intensive candy, nutty and toffee. The sweetness I remember me the honey, vanilla and butterscotch. Wood touches and fruity of peaches and apricots. Appetizing, softly hoppy. Flavor: candy malty, very nutty, toffee, vanilla and butter. Fruity of stone peaches, apricots, tangerines and peel grapefruits. Soft hoppy finish, but persistent. Smoky, woody, nutmeg and butterscotch aftertaste. Slightly liquory (6,5%), similar to whisky and old rum. Palate: medium body and silky texture. Low to medium carbonation. Relatively complex and balanced beer. Nice nutty touch. Very advisable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fukito (870) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle, July 07. Cristal clear, deep, shinny bronce color with a medium, nice head. Aroma is strong caramel and toffee with some skunky notes (transparent bottle!). Taste is malty, slightly bittersweet, and a strong alcoholic burn for it´s abv. Palate is medium to full, alcohol too strong and a sweet aftertaste. A too alcoholic and uninspiring strong ale.

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