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


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RATINGS: 375   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".

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wickerman99 (4) - - SEP 4, 2013 does not count
one of my fav beers...has it all the only thing i would add, dont drink too many

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4000) - Radom, POLAND - APR 3, 2012
raisin, earthy, roasty, nuts, orange, amber, cloudy, white foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, full body, sticky, creamy, average carbonation, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle 500ml, at a Roman shop. Very intense bitter. Aromas of caramel, nuts, with hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with light bitter notes, and very long. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2063) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle. Very nice bottled beer. Amber coloured with a creamy, permanent white head (0.5 cm). Quite highly carbonated. Malty, spicey aroma. Nice well balanced taste, hops, malts and caramel with noticable alcohol finish. Nice foamy medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2008
Dark Copper with a disappearing white head. The aroma features fruity citrus and berry fruit notes, a touch of caramel malt and minerally note. On the palate there is toffee malt, fruity and earthy hop, a peachy note, firm mouth feel, leading to a lasting bitter finish. Best Sheps beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liamagester (17) - Swords, IRELAND - OCT 11, 2013
Enjoy this wholesome ale next to an open fire. Toasty malt flavor perfectly balanced with hops and alcohol (6.5%). Tremendous foamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2007
Nutty brown color. Medium off whiteheaqd that quickly diminishes. Sweet dry taste, with sweet note. Very well balanced. Nuts, caranel tofee flavors. Very nice beer !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3204) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle from Rhythm & Booze, Ripon. Amber with a thin head.Quite sweet with plenty of caramel and some pear drop flavours. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (904) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2007
Small head, low in carbonation. Rich in taste, malty and a well balanced bitterness with some sugar, hints of resin and fruity acid. Easy to enjoy.

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