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


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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Thereís 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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, - NOV 7, 2009
500ml bottle. Small white thick head which transforms to lacy surface quickly. Clean amber color. Very mild aroma, almost non existent... maybe a little bit hops and citrus. Palate is semi thick, nice tickling carbonation. Flavour is spicy with ginger, citrus and hops. End is sour and some alcohol there also. This beer would be much better with actual aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crlnts (377) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Amber, clear, malty. Dates, light oxydation. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness. ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (664) - CROATIA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle (Konzum); pours dark amber with an off white head; aroma malt, holiday spices, and a hint of caramel; taste is sweet with caramel and malt; finish more sweet than bitter; not bad but not great either

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
veceo (680) - CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
Hazy deep amber color, average sized off white head. Aroma of yeast, red fruits (raspberries) and malt. Medium to full body, lively carbonation. Sweet, dry and relatively bitter finish. Flat and without any real character, but aroma and body are just fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3156) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle - 500ml. Limpid amber body with a thin, instantly fading, off-white foamy head. Fair malty aroma with brown sugar and caramel hints. Taste is bland and a bit oversweetened. It carries some woody notes and ends with a sweet finish. Ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HammerTroll (633) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 13, 2015
Clear brown color (no, itís not so dark, donít let the picture fool you), minimal lager-like off-white head. More like ice tea. Has some Christmas notes, but weak. Very mild. Watery texture. Slightly bitter finish. I guess itís ok, but I have expected so much more.
(Konzum 0,5l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (82) - - JAN 8, 2015
Une belle couleur ambrée caramel la mousse est assez tenace Au nez on va sentir des arômes de crème de marrons noisette on sent aussi la mangue Embouche on va sentir des notes de marron et légèrement boisé Une bière de Noël assez sympa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (329) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 0,5l. Hazy amber liquid with soft average off white head. Medium body. Medium to strong sweetness. Strong taste at the beginning, light aftertaste. Wine aftertaste. Taste is like beer mixed with wine. Some apples in aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopmaestro (259) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Aroma is discrete toffee and malt. The taste is malty as expected, and I have to say that they managed to supress the alcohol rather nice and instead I get a super small hint from dried apricots and a medium bitterness. In short, a decent brew, but nothing I would write home to momma about (she doesnít drink beer anyways, so she thinks Iím kinda creepy when I do.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10777) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottled, 500ml from Tesco in Banbury. Reddish amber with off white head. There is a spicy aroma to it, the beer itself is a little caramelised and wine like, slightly harsh spice notes then a fruitiness. Quite a mixed bag.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rockana (298) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours clear amber color with minimal white head. Even worse than expected. A bit caramelised aroma, but really bad.

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