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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1604) - Saltcoats, - JAN 8, 2013
500ml bottle poured into chalice glass on New Year 2013. Copper red in colour with a thick white foam head. Aroma not as strong as anticipated, slight note of sweet toffee and little else. Resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts gives a maltloaf base with slight toffee, barley sugar and candied fruit. Strong dusty Shepherd Neame signature from the hop resins. Finish has a fiery malt edge with sweet orange fruit evident. Tastes weaker than the gravity suggests.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Svarun (116) - - MAR 30, 2016
Amber color, medium sized white head. Fruity aroma. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. Full body. Some alcohol in taste. OK but nothing too special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NordicV (1959) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2016
Kopparfärgad öl med ett smutsvitt skum. Karamell, torkade frukter och kryddiga toner i doft och smak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (272) - CROATIA - FEB 16, 2016
Pours clear amber color with medium white head. Smell is malts, yeast, caramel and a bit of hops. Medium to full body with soft but prickly carbonation. Slightly oily texture. Taste is mostly bitter with notes of sweetness to it, which is nice, but in this style I’d actually prefer it the other way around. Aroma of malts, caramel, bread, toffee. Slightly spicy with notes of ginger and cinnamon. Really nice and complex. Finish is dry and bitter with obvious presence of alcohol burn. Overall, nicely balanced seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (773) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Last of the Christmas beers my brother bought for me - thanks Rob. Looks like a strong English ale should - clear, dark amber with a dash of white head. Medium body and just carbonated enough. Smells like a good dark Christmas cake. Plenty in the flavour - sultanas, prunes, molasses, slight pepper and some dried apricot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanCrusher (935) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle 0,50L. Clear amber color without any visible carbonation and small, long lasting, creamy, light brown head. Aroma of dried fruits and caramel with a touch of cinnamon. Taste starts light to medium sweet with caramel and almond, but at the end it gets bitter with a touch of ginger. Medium to full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. It warms up a little...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, España. A: Amber / Ambar. T/S: Malt, caramel, sweet, slightly bitter / Malta, caramelo, dulce, ligeramente amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
einherjar (289) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JAN 1, 2016
Amber color with medium beige head. Aroma of hops, spices and dried fruits. Taste caramel, alcohol warm, harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paladares (191) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2016
Botella. Color a whisky con carácter. Aroma a pasas, pera y algo de madera. En boca destaca el punto de fruto amargo con algo de tabaco y amargor. Sin duda para acabar una buena comida. En todo caso, más aroma que sabor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elosop (318) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Mahognybrun med fint skum. Doften torr, lite russin och toffé. Smaken först söt, honung och farinsocker. Därefter kommer torr beska och maltsötma i eftersmaken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2015
500 ml bottle split with my dad. Dark brownish pour with a frothy head. Notes of crackers, malty sweet, caramel, prunes and some light bitterness.

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