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


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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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".

JKaranka's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JKaranka (57) - Cardiff, - DEC 8, 2012
Aroma has some sweetness and mild fruit, something like mincemeat. Pours copper to amber, head dissipates very fast and without lacing. Flavour has some caramel, dark fudge and a little bitter chocolate. Good strong but well controlled bitterness, with some lingering floral hints left. The caramel and fudge flavours make the body feel heavier than it actually is. The finish is a gentle bitterness that gives way to the feeling that you had had coffee ten minutes ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2292) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
Caramelly, good palate, quite thick. Head that stays forever. Kent is very present. Nice. Gift from uckelman

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DoctorHU (442) - UKRAINE - SEP 28, 2016
500 ml bottle. Clear amber colour with medium white head. Medium carbonation. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is is malty and fruity with light notes of caramel. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Manslow (1121) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Butelka 0,5l Kolor bursztynowy,klarowne, piana średnia.Aromat owocowy z nutami słodowymi. Smak lekko karmelkowy, trochę czekolady, na finiszu wytrawne, dobre piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozzatoadisback (91) - ITALY - SEP 17, 2016
Light reddish, a bit of carbonation. Big fluffy head, the slightest off-white, shows nice retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma is soft nutty and caramel malts, red fruits and a light resinous hint. Delicate but still quite intense. Taste follows the aroma, with a hint of alcohol warmth. Perfect sweet/bitter balance, maybe a bit less intense than the smell suggested. Medium body, low crispness, decently silky. A pleasant slow sipper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2016
Pours dark amber. Aroma is rich malt, with some cereal grains. Flavor is also rich malty, a bit bready, sweet and fruit notes, with mild hopping and some alcohol noticeable. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (812) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 26, 2016
Dark amber pour. Sweet cereal aroma. Dry with a cherry woody nutty caramel malt character. Nice, tasty and very satisfying. A mid to big body so it fills you up. This and the Bishops Finger were both nice ales from the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
midovark (576) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - AUG 20, 2016
0.5 l bottle. Pours clear amber color with no head. Fruity notes and slight hoppy bitterness in aroma and taste. Short bitterish finish, light to medium body, soft carbonation. Not too complex yet good balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MetalMurphy (485) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 19, 2016
bottle @ supermarket (budapest) auburn colour, medium body, normal carbonated, smells like fruity, tastes like fruity, hoppy, good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
remALUS (239) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle 500 ml, Price: 1,19 eur. Gintaro spalvos rudumass, skaidrus
Skonis: nepatikos...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (828) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - AUG 17, 2016
Kicsi, nem túl tartós hab, tiszta réz szín. Enyhe, kissé karamelles, almás, gyümölcsös illat. Karamelles, almás, barackos ízek. Hosszú, kesernyés lecsengés. Közepesen testes és keserű, markánsan szénsavas.

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