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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
First brewed in 1958 to celebrate the lifting of malt rationing.
Ingredients: Winter pearl barley malt; East Kent Goldings hops.
The name refers to finger-shaped signposts still found in Kent, which once pointed pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.
"Full-bodied with complex fruit flavours."


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2009
Absolutely fantastic pint at the mabel tavern, iíve been waiting a while to try this on cask, love the bottled version but this was fantastic. everything i like in the bottle but dialed up a notch with a great body! huge fruity body...stalky raisins perhaps and a great lingering bitterness....we walked down to russel square and i could still taste it 20 mins later!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dugite74 (3) - Redcliffe, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2007 does not count
an absolutley stunning ale, great deep red colour, sweet malt taste, available in bottles at selected shops in perth, rarely on tap, but like all ales better on tap

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davebravey (8) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008 does not count
Great beer and the first time Iíve tried it on cask. Twice ass good as the bottled version that I have normally tried. Good aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoozyBugger (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2008
Cask at Pig and Whistle Chelmsford Essex. Long lasting head, full toffee and spiced fruit aroma,long taste of dried fruits and oak wood. All in all a very good pint

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhliesen (692) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Cask (or so I was told) at the Dubliner in Goteborg--#19 on the 2006 Europe tour-A creamy head sat atop a ruby/brown color brew with a fruity aroma. The taste was well balance with the malts on the front end and a hoppy finish with caramel taste lasting throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Handpull. This is the first relatively high-alcohol brew tasted after a couple of days of light bitters. A very welcome departure. Rich maltiness, with a nice resonant bitterness. Some interesting estery characteristics as it warmed. Beautiful presence in the glass. A very lovely brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackisle (462) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
mild caramel, roasty, grass and flowery hops, earthy, almost clear dark amber, off-white head, disappears quickly, light malty sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, smooth bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Reddish amber colour. As usual with Shepherd Neame beers, hops predominate, but with more fruit and malt than in their other beers. Some nutty/fruity notes on the palate, but the hoppy bite takes over and dominates by the finish. Quite full bodied, but drinks easily. By no means a session beer, not least because it is rare to find it on draught. Incidentally, the cask version is slightly weaker than the bottled at 5%, but a better beer to my mind (when well kept). Handpump, Shepherd Neame brewery tap, April 2003.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2005
Delicious. Had this at the North Star, Ealing Broadway, London. Rich dark and slight mahogany tinted brew. Molasses taste mixed in here. Had a second round later on and was glad I did. Ah, how much I appreciate British real ales.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4206) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
Cask at Wetherspoons Heathrow Terminal 2: Orange brown with a cream head which lasted to the end of the pint; malty aroma; smooth and full bodied in the mouth, dominated by the hops, leaving a pleasingly bitter aftertaste.


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