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


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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: Filtered.
There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14183) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, spices, malt, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, caramel, spices, hay, malt. Medium to full body. OK beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2392) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pale copper, white head. Fruity, spicy, lightly roasted nose, dried fruits, chestnuts, English hops, leather, wood (even thoug it hasnt been aywhere near any wooden casks), yeast, buttered toast. Off-dry, medium body, medium bitterness. Fruity, spicy, malty, lightly roasted taste, drioed fruits, chestnuts, cherries, yeast, English, slightly earthy, hops. (2011-01-03)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2011
500 ml clear bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 7.0%. Beautiful clear amber colour, big head, slightly off-white. Aroma of light-struck hops and toffee, with hints of Christmas spices. The flavour is initially fruity and spicy with noticeable alcohol, but is not as sweet as expected, and ends in a rather sharp and peppery hoppy bitterness. Dry and "dusty" bitter aftertaste, nearly metallic. Not as "rich and smooth" as promised on the label, and not very well balanced. Must be better cask conditioned?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17806) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malty, nutty and hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and bitter. Ends dry, nicely bitter and with a bit of alcohol. 281010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22410) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 8th March 2008
2007 bottle. Dull tired tasting beer. Malty and slightly hoppy but not joined up or balanced. Contrasts oddly with the older bottles with Cherry Brandy and the like which still taste good! 2.0

18th December 2010
2010 bottle at the Sun Inn, Kelvedon. Clear amber beer, little white head. Light crisp palate. Rich malt with mild cream. Dried fruits and a little spice and a trace of banana. Improved beyond all recognition of a couple of years ago and now a decent beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle. A clear, amber beer with a small, firm, off-white to beige head. Lots of toffee on the nose, and some spiced, herbal thing I can’t identify. Full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Toffee, herbal hops, fine bitterness and a touch of warming alcohol in the flavor. Toffee, bitterness and some herbal notes in the end. Some fennel maybe? Sort of boring, but tasteful. 110108

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle.Pours amber with an off-white head.Aroma of butterscotch, caramel, herbal hops and hay.Flavor is sweet caramel with some notes of grains and hay.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice malty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (15519) - DENMARK - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1500) - ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
500 mL bottle from Beers of Europe. A dark clear ale with a light hoppy aroma. This is pleasant, but a little plain. For a 7% beer its pretty smooth. A case of style of over substance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandman (2850) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Copper body, white head. Aroma of wild fruits, sugar and alcohol. Flavour is dull, just sweetness and alcohol. Light palate.

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