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

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
karasu (4) - - JAN 3, 2012
A rich, strong ale. Beautiful head, spicy caramel taste and a mellow bitter finish. Perfect for winter.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1332) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
Boisson rouge cuivrée limpide et pétillante, avec un cercle de mousse à la surface, aux arômes de baies, de fraises et de sucre d’orge. Texture mince. La bouche est assez sèche, avec une finale presque âcre, mais la bière elle-même est passablement sucrée. L’alcool est bien caché. Bonne, savoureuse, mais pas le grand cru festif que l’on est en droit de s’attendre du style.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1162) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
Clear sort of coppery colour with a finely bubbled head. Fruit and molasses on the aroma, although muted, and showing some light floral hops. Medium bodied brew with a little boozy kick on the finish and caramel/malty taste. Very boring brew.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuisVida (10) - - NOV 23, 2014
A nice english strong ale but not necesarily a Christmas one. Complex and fine aroma in a warming palate but a bit thin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
codfishh (101) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours brilliant copper color. Aroma is bready toasty malt with a bit of an oxidized wet cardboard note. Flavor is light bready malt with a spicy note. Slight oxidizes note. Herbal English hop flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2338) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle. Nice english strong ale with notes of toffee and burned bread. Nice maltiness!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jorn69 (1099) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
@ Havregatan 141110. Bottle (500 ml) from Systembolaget (28:-). Malty and fruity with light spicy notes, sweet caramely and notes of dried fruits, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is bitter, sweet and malty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Canmoore (280) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a clear light brown with a massive white head. Aroma includes notes of Cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, and ginger. Tasting notes include apples, Cinnamon, raisins, malt and a light finish. Not a bad beer, but a little thin and watery for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Raistlin (140) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
Poured a deep, clear ruby, with a dense off white head. Aroma of spice, dark malt and SN yeast (cream soda). Flavours were cooked apples, molasses and rye bread. Finish was fairly sweet, burnt sugar, cinnamon and some light roasted malt.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (105) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Purchased at the LCBO. Malts a bit too bitter for my taste. Oily mouthfeel and nice aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (2035) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a deep, clear ruby, with a dense off white head. Aroma of spice, dark malt and SN yeast (cream soda). Flavours were cooked apples, molasses and rye bread. Finish was fairly sweet, burnt sugar, cinnamon and some light roasted malt.


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