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


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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   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.

PalCabral's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PalCabral (145) - - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours copper with a slight head that settles as a vail on the beer. Nice looking, very christmasy. The aroma is jackpot: dried fruit, pipe tobacco and chocolate powder, sweetness and spice blended. I have to say, this beer has the most attractive and delicious aroma I have come across. The taste is more in the spicy department, from the hops. The sweetness in shape of dried fruits and chocolate plays supporting actors while the spicy hops strolls across the tongue. This is a truly fantastic beer. I will buy it and have one with my father on xmas eve.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2820) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from SB. Amber with a medium off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit and hops. Medium body with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Turtles (956) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber, two-finger size white head, good lacing. Malty aroma, alcohol, dried dark fruit and brown sugar. Smooth and rounded mouthfeel, gentle carbonated. Biscuity taste, woody notes, dark dried apricot. Finish with warming booze. Simplistic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FunkyF (622) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2015
Flaska från SB. Kopparfärgad med smutsvitt skum. Lätt kryddig doft som domineras av söt malt. Söt med lite besk kryddighet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (628) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2015
Copenhagen 22/11 2015. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Fir tree and Christmas decoration on the label to get you in the right mood. Pours clear coppe brown with white head. Disappears almost immediately. Very English. Aroma is fermented fruit, cinnamon and dried fruit. Very Christmaslike. Medium carbonation and oily palate. Taste is sugary with raisins, figs and fruityness. Followed by a bitter sourness. Ok balance. Hides the relatively high alcohol content quite well. Fine way to celebrate Christmas - way better than a traditional Plum cake anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, caramel, cinnamon, orange, taste is similar, sweet, cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle from Eltham Wines, Eltham. Dark amber pour with a white head. Orchard fruit, dates, toffee, marzipan and sultana in the aroma. Flavours of figs, dates, sultanas and pear drops. Dry-sweet action. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gary (1733) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
500ml . In a snifter. Well now if somebody gave me this for Christmas I’d take that as a large Xmas slice of "fuck u" , no really thanks do you hate me ? This stuff was garbage, as customary feature of all Shepherd neame beers. The 7% boost wasn’t warming , very little spice notes other than unbalanced spicy hops . Tasted too much like vanilla extract and burnt nutty malts. I would argue that this beer warm and cask would probably be a better experience than a stale bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BRW (1670) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle. Copper colour with white head. Caramel, malt and nuts aroma. Sweet, caramel, malt and nuts taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3050) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle, 10c. Bright amber with an ecru head that laces well. Aroma is fruity, dusty and leathery, with dried fruit and sherry-like oxidation, chestnuts (is there such a a thing as chestnut marzipan?). Not overly sweet with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Dried fruit (dates, apricots, sultanas) medium sherry, vanilla, white pepper, herbal notes. Fairly dry and moderately bitter at the end. Good beer, although 500ml is enough to share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (4522) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle from The Spotted Cow 151015. Bit early for Christmas beer but this is well worth it.Loaded with spiced fruit flavours and just a hint of rum this beer is better suited to colder weather but it goes down well in warmer weather also.

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