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


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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 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 (814) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle 500ml. Pours a burnt amber colour with a medium white head. Has aromas of malts and burnt toffee. This followed throught in to the taste, with the burnt toffee coming through in the aftertaste. The alcohol is not too imposing, although this could be deceptive if you’re driving. Good carbonation and fairly smooth on the palate. I had this chilled on a warm summer’s day and it was very refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinkas (288) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle, Old Bridge cellars, WA Delicate but rich malty and spicy aroma. Sweet malty background with an impressive amount of pommy flavour hopping. Very pleasant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
This beer has a nice head and beautiful golden colour and a wonderful aroma. The flavour is very aromatic and round with a lot notes of fruit and flower. The bitterness is moderate, briefly leaving the impression that it should develop, but then it stops abruptly. A very tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle purchased in Cork City, IRE. Amber body, off white head. Aroma is malty, light caramel. Taste is a tea like sweetness, caramel, pale malts, light alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2007
Draught at Bishops Arms, Lund, Sweden. Pours out in a clear amber colour, almost no foam. Butterscotch in the aroma. Fudge, diacetyl and grassy hops in the flavour. Full but rather lifeless body. Long and dense finish of metal, butterscotch, grass and leaves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
Keg (Kitty’s, Helsinki). Sweet aroma to start, and then a smack of honey hits you on the first taste. As it goes down the full bodied strong malty ale taste comes through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (6565) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2007
Bottled in clear glass. This was very subdued and drab. Amber-brown with a shortlasting head. Some malt and summer fruits in the aroma, with a bit more malt in the flavour and a dryish finish. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Bottle. Tasty, if a bit fizzy. Nice and fruity, solid sweet malt, hops less prominent than I expected but a well balanced and very drinkable pint.

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