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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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".


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (784) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pale, watery looking amber tinted gold, decent frothy white head. Fruity aroma, raisins, plum, notes of Belgian yeast and sugars. Flavour is sweet, sugary and more fruity notes. Decent body, quite highly carbonated. Fruity finish. Surprisingly good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5620) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Clear dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, nuts, caramel, fruit and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyt (44) - USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber with strong head. Toasty smell with full warm, malty flavour. Finishes with smooth bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liamagester (17) - Swords, IRELAND - OCT 11, 2013
Enjoy this wholesome ale next to an open fire. Toasty malt flavor perfectly balanced with hops and alcohol (6.5%). Tremendous foamy mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angelkostvo (556) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2013
Copper color, 2 fingers head. Aroma of vinegar, red apple, dough, basement aromas. taste is a bit bitter and sour, vinegar flavor. Light to medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
(Bottle): Pours an amber with a small off white head. Aroma is somewhat floral, fruity, malty with hints of buttered bread. Malty, fruity, caramel taste with citrus and peppery notes. Slight touch of alcohol but works well with the beer. Really nice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wickerman99 (4) - - SEP 4, 2013 does not count
one of my fav beers...has it all the only thing i would add, dont drink too many

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdmmb (686) - USA - SEP 1, 2013
Hoppy flavourful bitter. Very pleasant. Drunk from .5 litre bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1592) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2013
6.5% 3 euros at Drink Shop. Fairly clear brown pour with a light head. Malty aroma, very nutty nice. Pleasant mouthfeel, chocolate, nutty a bit of smoke. A really solid beer. 

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUL 21, 2013
Not quite what I am looking for from a string ale, the body and richness is not really there. However, there are some earthy malty flavours, and the overall experience is pleasant. You know those days when you want to drink something non-controversial, easy, and refreshing?


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