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

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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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".


JKaranka's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JKaranka (50) - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nordic (271) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle 0,5. Copper color. Medium body. Aroma: caramel, bready. Taste: caramel, bread, some alcohol, warming. Enjoyable.

4.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fombe89 (618) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2015
Botella. @La Taberna de Hank, Luanco. 10/07/2015 Color ámbar transparente, aromas caramelo, frutal sabor maltoso. Cuerpo medio

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1283) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle from Booths in Kirkby Lonsdale. Copper coloured, lightly gassy. Fruity, dry and full bodied. Fair, and one of the better shepherd Neame beers.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (1922) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Strong malt flavor and aroma with a break from some dusty, herbal hop. Pretty flavorful but that flavor is sort of like an amped up carling, which is really weird. I wouldn’t buy it again even though it isn’t bad. It just has very strange taste movies on my end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RodrigoPacheco (85) - - MAY 14, 2015
Shepherd Neame 1968: a great beer. Saborosa. Equilibrada. Amargor na medida. An amazing beer!!!! Entrou no meu top 20!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (627) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAY 6, 2015
the aroma is malty and fruity with shades of herbs and spices... the taste is malty and fruity with light notes of caramel and toffee... medium hoppy bitterness... sweet, bitter and rather dry aftertaste...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (756) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle - pours amber with a foamy light brown head. Aroma of bread, caramel and light fruits. Taste of light fruit, caramel and brown bread with a little banana and some dark fruits in the finish. Mediujm body, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (754) - SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Copper colour with unusual malty pear drop doice nose which follows through to the tongue. Spice and a hot cross bun quality contradts with the dry austere quality.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (460) - FRANCE - APR 21, 2015
Cuivrée et limpide, mousse blanche moyenne. Nez malté, caramel, biscuit, houblons épicés. Attaqe légèrement amère, puis malts et caramel, retour de l’amertume finale, agrumes et épices. Bonne carbo, belle rondeur. Bonne bière.


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