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

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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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".


JKaranka's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JKaranka (48) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (714) - 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 (730) - 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 (414) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2632) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2015
Clear amber/orange, small white foam ring remaining. Again sweet aroma, this is repeating with this brewer. Still decent bitter taste, also in aftertaste. (Arnhem 201504)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarauckelman (244) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2015
Orangey amber with minimal head. Nice beery smell full of yeast and grains with a bit of citrus. Taste is a caramelly without being too sweet; very strange mouthfeel, it almost disappears from the mouth immediately. It works very well with this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (357) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2015
Pours amber, slightly hazy. Medium tan head with bubbles of all sizes. Aroma is caramel, treacle, nutty---lots of malt notes. Lively, prickly mouthfeel, with some acid on the finish. Lightly sweet, not particularly bitter. Very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabuzzer (224) - SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2015
500ml bottle. Copper coloured with a thin white head. Toffee aroma, toffee taste with maybe a hint of plum

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1216) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle from Tesco. Drunk at home while listening to Fux’s chamber opera ’Dafne in Lauro’. Odd orangey-brown colour. Massive carbonation that quickly disappears from view. Caramel, wood and slightly sulphurous aroma. bitter, somewhat astringent tastewith a sweet almost citrussy hit at the end. Medium to long bitter finish. Body incredibly watery for the strength. Decent enough but not really my cup of tea.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gylo (210) - Lublin, POLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bardzo długo utrzymująca się piana. Aromat delikatny, w smaku słodowe, odrobinę palone. Wyczuwalny metaliczny posmak, który popsuł mi wrażenia z tego piwa. Poza tym nic nadzwyczajnego.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hoppy_Luke (542) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Piwo, którego smaku i ogólnego wrażenia należało się spodziewać. Przyzwoite, bez większych wad (ale też i zalet)... Kolor ciemnej miedzi, spora, ale nieco dziurawa, brudna piana. W aromacie trochę owoców i słód. W smaku podobnie, ale dodatkowo pojawiły się metaliczne nuty. Nie czuć alkoholu. Wysycenie średnie. Nie było źle, ale zabrakło polotu i finezji ;)


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