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


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RATINGS: 299   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyConga (101) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Pours clear with no yeasty bits. Off white head disappears quickly. Malty and dark fruity taste. Slightly sweet upfront with a Very slight bitterness after. For 6.5% goes down very well and strength adds to complexity. Could easily drink lots of this. Very tasty beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RipuvariiAlu (12) - - JAN 27, 2014
A: Nice malty smell, but nothing special. A: Pours dark amber with a nice long lasting head. T: Toasted malts and dark fruits(both could be a bit Mord intense, very low hop bitterness and now hop taste/aroma P: Body Linda thin, lively carbonation. Easy drinking/refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
campbega (94) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
The hops don’t come through on this beer as much as you’d hope given the "thrice hopped" claims of the brewer but still very drinkable - nice floral aromas and a gentle bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle – BCA; sedimented, but clear; no floaties. Amber in colour. Malty; toasty malts, toffee, buttery caramel, hint of liquorice. Fruity; spicy orange. Hoppy; resinous and citrus hops, slightly earthy. Sweet malty fruity throughout leading to a bitter hoppy finish. Very drinkable. Nice Beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (1630) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle asda. Clear brown colour shortlived white head. Aroma is predominatley dark fruits. Taste is sweet and fruity with good malts and slight hop bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Good tasting beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
agent_persik (430) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2014
Clean amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, wood, raisins, grain and spicy hops. Taste has similar notes, dry sweet with lightly bitter hoppy finish and grainy aftertaste. Medium body and average carbonation. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Buongiorgio00 (868) - - JAN 9, 2014
Birra celebrativa e onomastica, tuttavia discreta. All’impatto predomina il malto, con note caramellate e leggere fruttate, che si chiudono in un amaro non trascurabile ma assai smorzato. Altezzosa come i duchi del Kent, ma altrettanto obsoleta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (3315) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with airy off-white head. Clear but subtle aroma of hops, with notes of fruit. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with regulary fruity and malty notes. High carbonation. Bitter finish. Decent but not fascinating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeebon (216) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
This is the best strong bitter I have had in a while. Nothing too special to look at but nice enough.The smell is a bit of sweet toasted malts and the taste is wonderful and more complex than I was expecting. Initially it’s the toasted malt that is in the smell before caramel and fruity hops come through. The finish has enough bitterness to give a lasting finish and leaves you wanting more. I’m definitely going to buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - DEC 17, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine bernsteinerne Farbe, ist klar filtriert mit einer weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist fruchtig, süß, etwas vergoren, mit Pfirsich und Apfel. Der Geschmack ist schlank, bitter, kurzweilig, etwas fruchtig und retronasal etwas holzig. Der Abgang und der Nachgeschmack sind bitter

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