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


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RATINGS: 363   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
Golden copper color with a medium-sized white head that leaves small lacings. A light smell of malts, fudge, butterscotch, leafy hops and vegetables. Very faint floral note. Not very pleasant. The taste is somewhat sweet and malty with notes of butterscotch, earth, leaves, vegetables and some hops. Perhaps a fruity note or two. The finish is mildly bitter with faint notes of hops and sweetish alcohol. Medium body and medium level of carbonation. Boring and pointless with a rather bad composition. I can’t get around the strange aromas of leaves and and vegetables. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle 33 cl (didn´t seem to be bottle conditioned?). Amber colour. Toasted caramel malt, fruit, grass, metallic, a bit floral, english yeast profile, some alcohol. Bitter, dry finish. More bitter, dry and less sweet then the draught version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle. Dark, golden with white head. Malt and some grass? A touch of the alcohol. Low bitterness. A bit thin. Not bad but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olsvammel (5722) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2009
It poured a clear dark golden liquid with a medium sized white foam that left allot of lacing. It had a smell of grassy hops, hay, malt and something sweet. It tasted the same but also had some sugar. Thick liquid with a smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink and had very little stingyness. Felt a bit like drinking tea with sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (6045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2009
Wee bottle 8C, 20091009! AR: caramel, (daim/syrup) AP: Reddish, creamy foam - mpstley diminsihing, F: heavy alcoholic (I predicted first that this one should end up as a 3), heavy hops, loads of bittness! After 5 minutes much better - caramel, and a bit oily feeling. the last clunk is the best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2009
Sweet orange on the aroma. Slightly sweet toffee in the mouth but less filling and certainly less hoppy than the description led me to believe. Takes on somewhat of a thin, metallic flavour for the finish. Not at all bad, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PalCabral (158) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
33cl bottle from Systembolaget. Beautiful copper colored beer, maltish aroma and thin layer of head that never goes away. Excellent balanced beer in taste, carmell and hop playing at the same time. One of the better english beers I’ve had in a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sound67 (604) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 3, 2009
50cl clear glass bottle. Slightly hazy copper colour, smallish off-white head with decent lacing. Low carbonation, oily mouth feel. The powered-up hops are immediately noticeable in the strong citric aroma (whereas other Shepherd Neame ales tend to smell of bready malts), and they’re coming through on the palate as well. Bitterness is moderate when the malts finally register, and does not linger, but the citric notes make this a refreshing if not terribly complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2009
I like the combo of fruit and bitterness from the hops and the heat and oiliness from the high AVB. There’s caramel from the malts as well, ending up in quite a nice brew. Lifts from the std neame ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joakgust (1321) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle, 33cl - Clear copper amber beer with a small head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, alcohol and pumpernickel. Flavor is malty with notes of oranges, caramel and toffee. Thin but balanced.

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