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

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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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".


sic1314's rating

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4009) - 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.


1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
peponi (544) - Krakow, POLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Aroma: esters, fruity, malty, green apple. Appearance: clear copper color, thin cream head. Taste: aggressive high heather bitterness (even zesty and hot), pharmaceutical notes, some maltiness, acetone, alcohol, old celler Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, alcohol finish. Overall: Completely disaster.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
redders1974 (70) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Nice strength but doesn’t equate to taste pours well nice amber colour with a thin lasting head drinkable enough but uninspiring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wozap (107) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bursztynowe piwo i ładna piana. Aromaty kwiatowe, nuty biszkoptowe i tostowe. Pite z przyjemnoscia.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YantarCoast (288) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 14, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Bits of lacing stick to the glass. Aroma of caramel and hops. Bitter hoppy taste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rzymol (105) - - JAN 17, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2015 Bottle, 0.5L. Pours red/copper with small white head leaving some lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity, ester-like, watermelon and generally scents of pale lager. Taste is medium bitter with some light sourness. Carbonation is too high and disturbs the taste. Some malts in the aftertaste. Generally, a dissapointment.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
graf0 (137) - POLAND - JAN 9, 2015
1698 jest piwem o ładnej prezencji. Jest to trunek przejrzysty o jasno bursztynowej barwie, z delikatną pianą, o wyglądzie i trwałości adekwatnej do stylu w którym został on uwarzony. Aromat mamy chwilowo estrowy. Od strony chmielu perfumowy, kwiatowy zapach. Od strony estrów przyjemna wyraźna brzoskwinia. Zapach ten jest przyjemny. W smaku mamy niską goryczkę zdominowaną poprzez słody (nuty tostowe, biszkoptowe). Jednak nie jest to słodkie piwo. W odczuciu mamy alkoholowe rozgrzanie połączone ze zbyt dużym wysyceniem i chropowatością tego trunku.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MissPxx (633) - - JAN 8, 2015
Dark amber colour. Pours well. Very hoppy aroma and a massive hoppy hit. Quite fizzy. And a lingering aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (623) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Connor66 (49) - - 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?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1048) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco supermarket, Glasgow (Ł2.19):
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.


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