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


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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 22, 2008
Bottled 50cl. It pours a clear copper beer with a tanned fizzy head. The nose is of malt, apples, caramel, burnt plastic and earthy hops accompanied by a metallic note. Quite present alcohol. Malty flavor. Buttery. Slightly hoppy. Peppery. Hints of nuts. Smooth mouthfeel. Metallic. Hops appearing in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Aug 2007Bottle conditioned A smooth, toffee sweet ale with mild hop dryness. Clean. Rather ordinary. There’s not a lot of conditioning that has taken place here. [2.9]
May, 2008. Bottle conditioned. A clean ale with an attractive glowing copper-brown colour. There is little character in this beer, but it has a gentle and pleasant toffee malt well infused with a hop bitterness. There is no fragrance to the hops - they are used mainly for bittering. The alcohol is felt in terms of the alcohol fumes, edging on chemical, but just about held back to a warm malt verging on whiskey. It’s a pleasant beer, though lacking in distinct character. Difficult to believe it is bottle conditioned. [3.2]
May 2011 Bottle from Asda. Initially very tasty with roast and chocolate notes, and a good toffee/barley sugar malt base infused with hop bitterness, the flavours gradually become too insistent and don’t develop. It seems to get stuck somewhere around the barley sugar and hop bitterness and stays there. It’s an OK beer, but it seems to initially promise more than it delivers, and part of the disappointment is that despite the strong promotion of this as a bottle conditioned ale, it actually tastes like a bog standard pasteurised beer. I’ve actually had cold filtered beers which tasted fresher, and less pasteurised. Not impressed. [2.8]
Nov, 2012 500ml brown bottle from Asda. Roasted notes and chocolate in the nose, moving to jellied sweets and barleysugar. Very clean - barely aware of any bottle conditioning. More barleysugar in flavour. Low condition, few hops. Malt is very fruity and jammy. Quite a heady beer. Drinkable and largely inoffensive, but nothing special. [3.0]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkopen (915) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
500 ml bottle. Clear amber colour, medium white head. Fruity aroma with notes of malty sweetness and plenty of hops. Soft carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet malts and honey, mildly bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Clear amber with decent size bubbly head. Very strong aroma of earthy hops. Strong toffee malt and earthy hop bittersweet flavor. Hard carbonation. Spicy hop finish. Quite a difference between the first, bitter sip and the last, sweet sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gowdy (850) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle in room at Holland House, Bristol. caramel, resin, amber, clear, aminimal head, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, fizzy,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (731) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 29, 2008
Uni Staff Club Tasting 29/01/08 Nice amber/copper. Good head, thins to a rim around the edge of the glass. Aroma slightly dusty, faint fruits and citrus. Great malt weight, nice firm bitterness. Nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6621) - 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.

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