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Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2000 - 2001

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Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised bottle only.
Prior to 2000, Shepherd Neame added a different ingredient each year. 1999 had almonds, 1998 had cherry brandy and 1997 had cinnamon. In 2000 and 2001 the beer was 6.7%, but had no additional ingredients. From 2002 the abv dropped to 6.1%.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Creekygoose (9) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014 does not count
Bottle, 1998 vintage found after many years in my shed. Pours clear reddish brown, clear as a bell after all these years. Aroma is dominated by sweet cherry brandy. Didn’t like this beer when it came out, so either it’s aged well or I have as, I have to say, it’s pretty good. Main taste is cherry, with some malt, dry finish, slightly woody, but not stale. Still some carbonation. Looks like my shed, which had a leaking roof for the first seven months of this year, is as good as any cellar!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (16948) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle @Chris O. ’99 vintage. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty nutty weak almond aroma. Fruity malty nutty spicy flavor with some earthy hints. Has a fruity malty spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle (1999 vintage) at ChrisO’s "Raise the Roof" tasting, 31st July 2010. Stale almonds on the nose. Rather nicer in the mouth, with hazelnut and violet flavours. Surprisingly good for a ten year old bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1768) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle, ’99 vintage @ Chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Tasting ’10. Poured with a fine biege head atop an amber/chestnut brown body. Mint, hazelnut & almond, stale malt, fruit with some woodiness on the nose. Creamy, plummy almonds and cinnamon flavours. Soft with low carbonation, medium body and a nutty, spicey sweet finish. Held up pretty well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20674) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2010
Bottled (1999 vintage)@The Chriso rock the roof down pre-GBBF tasting. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, wood, spices and some slight earthy notes. Flavour is spices, earth, wood and some mild plummy notes. A rather pleasantly aged beer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle of the 1999 version at chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Shindig ’10. Amber. Odd nutty, musty aroma: apparently almonds. I detected natural gas in the taste as well as earthiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13897) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Bottle at Chris’ Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia tasting. Cloudy brown, lasting beige head. Cherry hits you up front. Lovley cherry flavour I thought. Really drinkable and I liked it. 837315 3.6/5.0 Separate rate for 1999 with the almonds. Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Stale malt aroma, hazelnuts come through. Sweetish, and I rather liked it. Deent. Love the tangerine/orange fruit. Lovely nuts. 638316 3.6/5.0

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting!
1998 bottle with Cherry Brandy. Cloudy brown beer. Malty but doesn’t taste aged. Sweet cherry almond flavours bursting through. Finishes soft and dry. Second bottle of this old beer. Both survived very well indeed!

31st July 2010. ChrisO’s ’Raise The Roof’ tasting.
1999 bottle with Almonds Clear brown beer. Sweet malt with well integrated sweet nuts. Another of these Sheps Christmas beers that has survived very well. 3.5

12th January 2011
1996 bottle with Spices Clear red - brown beer. No head and no carbonation. Fruity cinnamon nose. Light sourness to start - fruit and a trace of red wine! A little chocolate and mellow cinnamon. Really nicely joined up! Another amazing old war horse from Sheps!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35353) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2010

Bottle 50cl. @ chrisos Back In The UK Tasting.

Alc. 6.7%. Light light unclear light amber yellow orange color with a small, fizzy - open, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, berries, moderate tol light heavy artificial cherry - mazipan, spicy - glogg alike. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, light oxidide, cherry berries. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20100522]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2116) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2010 Bottle at Chris O’s. 1998 Cherry Brandy version. Copper colour with no head. Intense cherry nose. Cherry, almonds and raisins in the flavour. Light body. Sweet and sour ffinish.


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