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


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RATINGS: 321   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6490) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2008
Small creamy offwhite shiny lasting head. Amber body. Nutty malty aroma with spicy peppery hops, somewhat light. Sweet earthy roasted almonds taste with notes of honey and caramel and some fruitiness. Aftertaste is a dry earthy wooden version of the same, with spicy, peppery hopes. Very nice! (0.5l draft at the Rover, Göteborg.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2008
Dark Copper with a disappearing white head. The aroma features fruity citrus and berry fruit notes, a touch of caramel malt and minerally note. On the palate there is toffee malt, fruity and earthy hop, a peachy note, firm mouth feel, leading to a lasting bitter finish. Best Sheps beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2008
0.5 l bottle. Amber color with small head. Resiny and perfumed hops, biscuity and nutty maltiness and orange marmelade in the aroma. Pleasant bittersweet flavor with orange marmelade, fruity bitterness and caramelly complexity. Caramelly, biscuity, bitter and orangey finish. Balanced and pleasant, fairly rich flavor opposed to most of shepherd’s ales.

   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 (6734) - 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 (5750) - 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 (1792) - 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 (16169) - 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.

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