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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (650) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Roasted coffee aroma. Pours bronze in colour with frothy head. Nutty, coffee flavour with some bitter notes. Medium body with some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Connor66 (53) - - DEC 30, 2014
Not one to ring the bells about, I found d it hoppy with this taste over powering anything else. Don’t think I would rush out and buy more but would be happy to drink if offers another. Drinking the bottled beer at 6.5?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1097) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco supermarket, Glasgow (£2.19):
Definitely one of the better Shepherd Neame beers I’ve tried, this one is likely the pick of the eight I’ve now tried. The beer was quite sweet with a good combination of caramel, toffee and sugars without seemingly sickeningly sweet. It’s by no means a classic beer but it was a nice one to sip away at on a cold winters night.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ricardotorero (46) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Drinkable, but strength is not complemented by taste. Ok, but would not buy again (if I remember).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
AtronSeige (882) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 19, 2014
Aroma: Malt, raisin, caramel, Hops: Medium, floral, earthy, Appearance: Clear copper body. Massive white head. Flavour: Medium malt, raisin, light metallic. Medium-light bitterness, Light cardboard. Medium-dry finish with lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Carbonic sting. Overall: Laking in complexity, mouthfeel, flavour and aroma. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Tanja. 19A. Old Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
niquillis (1610) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Pours red brown with off white head. Started off quite well, a sweet strong ale with a hint of caramel. Fell over badly with a harsh alcohol hit after a few sips. Hard work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear copper, with a white head. Aroma was fruity, with caramel and big malt. Toffee in the flavour, with ripe berries and biscuity malt. Some light resin in the finish, with chewy grains and maple syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (2988) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Pours a clear brown with a fast-settling head, light aromas of caramelised apple and some earthiness. Quite gassy. Dry-sweet with an indefinite fruitiness, a little toffe, an alcohol warmth, and some herbal and earthy hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
witthatsbier (370) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Pours a mid yellow with a thin white head that does not last Aroma is light grain not much else Taste is little bitterness bit of malt very thin for its ABV NOT A GREAT BEER drinkable but not much else

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bryanvdv (613) - - NOV 9, 2014
Fles 0.5 gedeeld met lachneger. Koperkleurig, helder minimale kraag. Aroma is zoet kersenachtig. Smaak is zoet, onaangename bijsmaak.

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