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


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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 14/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle at a Papsø tasting 09-Feb-2009 - Thanks to one of the guys. Clear amber - white head. Caramel, sweetness, spicy, berries, dark bread, dryness, grape fruity, light to medium hoppy. Nice pleasant.
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2007 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle at Dæmningen (Thanks Henning). Clear amber - offwhite head. caramel, grassy, citrus, sweet malty, bread, dryness, soapy aroma, berries, light citrus, bisquit. Nice medium enlish hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21504) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle. Clear orangered coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, grapes and hops. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/7/2007 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of caramel, fruits and hay. Fruity flavour of caramel, malts, cookies and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4674) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 2008 Vintage. 500ml bottle from Mabels Tavern, Euston Road, London. Amber with a quickly fading off-white head; the signature SN hop aroma is mellowed by some fruity malts; smooth and easy to drink, some warmth for the alcohol and some burnt treacle flavours among the malts; sweet amd silky finish. Very, very drinkable.
Earlier Rating: 12/29/2007 Total Score: 4
2007 Vintage 500ml bottle. Bright reddish amber with a creamy cream head; strong hoppy aroma to start then becoming more fruity; full bodied with a complex mix of flavours; caramel, stewed fruit, orange, toast; and a sustained dry and warming finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2009
good full bodied brew, not as bitter as I’d expected, I often find SN brews to be overly harsh & bitter, but this was well balanced. Smooth and malty with a hint of spice. I could happily sup a few of these, the 7% isn’t immediately obvious, a rather deceptive brew!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NosirIwont (2001) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a beautiful clear, slightly amber, golden with a small off-white head. Dry malt aroma with some hops in the background. A bit of an alcoholic burn as it warms, but well-balanced. Malty cereal flavour with faint milky notes. Fruity, metallic and hop notes as it warms. Ends in an alcoholic finish, which is fairly balanced. Lingering hop bitterness and faint notes of apple. Vinous/vermouth-like touch as it warms. Also develops candy-like and cereal notes. 21-01-09.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baggio (320) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle@home Apperance: Lovely golden orange with a decent, white, head that vanishes quite quickly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma: Caramel, Apricot, Spices, Hint of metal, Hint of grass. Flavor: Caramel, Fruit, Malt, Light spicyness, Minerals. Palate: Very balanced brew with plenty of carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. Not really that special but just so damn smooth and drinkable. Wish it would taste a bit more of everything tho. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gr0ve (2156) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2009
500 ml bottle. Amber. Crystal clear. Medium-sized white head that clings to the glass. Malty aroma with aromatic caramel. Toffee. Crisp hop bitterness, but not too overwhelming as it balances nicely with the rich malt sweetness. Feels surprisingly light in the mouth and there is not as much body as one could have expected. Finishes with hints of burnt caramel and earthy and metallic dry hops. Quite nice, and I would think that this one would go nicely with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
liinis (1597) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2009
damn tasty and easy christmas ale. but for christmas could have more christmas flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tessic (906) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
This ale poured a nice copper colour with soapy looking white head. To the nose there are scents of hopps, citrus, a little juniper and caramel. First taste is smooth and full of nice flavour such as caramel, hopps, spice and juniper. Finish is malty with good solid hopp flavour. Not too bitter. The palate is hopps and caramel, spice. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5626) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2009
<i>Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Clear amber with a rich creamy off-white head. Bready malt aroma with almond paste and tropical fruits, and spicy and herbal hops. Well balanced with a moderate bitterness. Slightly alcoholic as the beer warms up. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 11/16/2007 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Fruity and slightly caramelly aroma with notes of tropical fruits, prunes, and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Dry and bitter. I preferred the lower alcohol versions, in particular the 6% version.

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