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


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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
"Kentish Strong Ale".
First brewed in 1998 as a special @ 10.5% abv to celebrate Shepherd Neameís 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".

sic1314's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, - DEC 1, 2012
Poured a muddy amber brown with no head. Aroma is almost lambic., sour notes over some sweetness. Medium body, flavour is slightly sweet, a touch vinous, dried fruit. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cjennings1987 (17) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
Really donít like the aroma of the beer as seems to smell like wet dog. The taste though makes up for it as it has a slightly sweet taste. Thereís a little fizz on on the palate as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cuso (6250) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza, kindly shared by Gurthnar, many thanks. Deep golden color with medium white head. Candies. malt, banana in aroma. Taste, malt, apples, banana, diacetyl, English hops. Bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurthnar (3337) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. Clear amber colour. Aroma burnt sugar, caramel, some alcohol. Taste has quite strong alcohol as well, otherwise plain caramelly sugary grainy maltiness. Not very drinkable. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
28th Aug 2015: 500ml bottle shared with my father at his place in Lincolnshire. Really enjoyed it, my sweet tooth finding the beer very palatable. Poured a clear amber/copper colour with an off white topping. Sweet malty molasses in the aroma. More molasses in the taste, yet the sweetness is tempered by a subtle hop presence (even if it has been íthrice hoppedí) that keeps the malts in check somewhat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yiannnos (1164) - , CYPRUS - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber colour. Caramel aroma. Malty toffee caramel taste, medium body, sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
macio_men (137) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Wygląd bardzo dobry- ciemnozłota barwa, piana srednia, gęsta. Mocne wysycenie. Aromat klasyczny, z lekkimi cytrynowymi nutami. W smaku niezbyt mocna goryczka (jak dla mnie za słaba), wyczuwalny alkohol, ale nie narzuca się. Brakuje mi w smaku innych nut niż goryczka, ale piwo udane.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (1280) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
Pours a clear amber colour with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma. Lovely caramel on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marek13 (208) - Brzesko, POLAND - AUG 13, 2015
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nordic (323) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle 0,5. Copper color. Medium body. Aroma: caramel, bready. Taste: caramel, bread, some alcohol, warming. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
500ml bottle conditioned. BBE 04-2016. Orchard fruit and yeasty aroma. Nice lacey off white head over clear deep reddish brown ale. Lively and fresh in the mouth. Well balanced fruit and malt flavours with strong tones of grass and pith. Crisp n dry finish. Excellent condition, head returns with a gentle swill. Tiny amount of sediment stuck to base of bottle after pouring. Very nice.

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