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


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RATINGS: 305   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
a_cross (623) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle; brown, white head; taste sweet, with caramel malt, yeast, spice; something of a harsh finish which lets it down; a disappointment, but not a write off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senka (568) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 15, 2014
From the archives: Had this as a promo on 2005, and many bottles later on. Pleasant bitter, but not quite strong ale. Can be slightly watery sometimes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorSA (167) - NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
Kobberfarvet med godt skum. Maltaroma med rosiner, noe brent og litt integrert alkohol. Fin balanse, med god sødme og varme. (Havnabakken, 22.05.14)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2615) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle 500 ml at home, into a Guinness glass. ABV 6.5% Dark oranhe to light amber colour on the body, clear, with little activity in it. Two fingers of slighty off-white head, thick, with good retention, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty, with dark fruits and a bit of sourness accompanying them, a bit of caramel. Taste follows the aroma, some malts with dark fruits being dominant, albeit with a sourness in there. Some nuts as well. Medium thin body, soft carbonation. Overall okay, I could do without the acidic notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (5900) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottled 500ml. -Dark golden coloured, small off-white head, mild fruity nose (slightly acidic). Sweet malty, caramel and mild hoppy presence with notes of fruits and hops in the finish. No trace of alcohol. Had better had worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czlowiekwiadro (251) - POLAND - MAY 13, 2014
świerzy zapach zielonego jabłka, odrobina mięty i dość wyraźny karmel. kolor bursztynowy, piana dość skąpa, ale ładna. w smaku przypieczony chleb, toffi i dość spora goryczka i kwaśność z bardzo lekką palonością.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle from Seiyu supermarket during the Craft Beer Fest Kyoto 2014. Malty nose with what seem like fumes. Light copper/amber color. Way malty initial, honey, hop needles pricking the palate. Finish is smooth and nearly flattened out. Something in the water. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (730) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2014
500ml bottle light clear amber ale taste is sweet malt and fruity soft carmel slight hop bitterness on finish generally quite nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
triskaideka (166) - Killarney, IRELAND - APR 22, 2014
Bottle at home. Poured amber with white head that fizzled out quickly. Aroma is remininscent of fruit cake. Taste is also fruit cake with malty elements. I liked it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (365) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
Appearance- copper, not much head at all. Aroma- malts, some dark fruit and caramel. Taste- lots of caramel and toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar, malty hints, hoppy, smooth, medium to full mouthfeel. Nice.

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