Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 The crystalline caramel color was the best thing about this beer. The head was weak and soap-like, foretellling the relative lack of carbonation. Overall, it has less taste than an American macro. There was a passable hoppiness to the aftertaste, but not nearly enough to save this. The least you can expect from a beer like this is to be crisp and refreshing when you’re hot and thirsty (which I was), but it wasn’t refreshing, and the hops had more of a mushy taste than a crisp taste. Give me a Miller Genuine Draft over this any day.
downender (6290) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber coloured with next to no head.This didn’t stand out from the crowd. Aroma was slightly sweet, flavour had some hoppy dryness but little finish. Bland.
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle (Nousuvesi, Espoo).
Altogether brown. Vegetably aroma root vegetables, that is. Very unsubtle biterness, somewhat watery too. No real guts. They brew much tastier beers.
garthicus (2672) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 23, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, large head, nutty/coffee aroma, ruby red colour, bitter tasting with a hint of hops, a tasty beer all round, a long aftertaste. Nice and refreshing, is no Bishops Finger though (Which to me all other Shepherd Neame products are measured!)
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, pours a clear copper, quite carbonated, with a large pillowy white head. A light caramal malt aroma, but strangely metallic. Very carbonated in the mouth as well. Very hoppy with a sharp bitterness. Some in the background. Pretty average overall.
joe19612 (1847) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very good golden brown colour.
Very good aftertaste slighty bitter. A very good beer. Typical shepherd Neame beer, not as good as Spitfire.
jaid6 (26) - Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: brilliant golden colour with an off-white head and some carbonation; aroma of stewed fruit; caramel malt taste with lightly bitter aftertaste - very refreshing.
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color, foamy white head. Aroma is hops and coffee beans. Starts thin and mild, taste is toffee, caramel and coffee. Very dry and bitter hoppy finish. Quite similar beer to Shepherd Neame Spitfire.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Clear amber color with a medium, somewhat lasting and lacy head. Crisp, woody-nutty-hoppy aroma with birch leaves and caramely malt. Fresh, grassy-nutty-hoppy flavor with slightly buttery maltiness underneath. Dry and bitter finish lasts for a long time. Light to medium-bodied, bitter and quite refreshing palate with medium, slightly fizzy carbonation. A well-hopped, but otherwise quite plain and straightforward bitter.
(Bottled, rated 1/11/2004, was 6-3-7-3-13=3.2, moved from under cask version) Amber color, medium, diminishing head. Hoppy, bitter and dry aroma. Quite carbonated, although it doesn’t look like it. The flavor is hoppy, hoppy, and hoppy with bitter, dry finish. There’s no aftertaste to speak of, only a dry feeling in the tongue. A decent bitter.
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Possibly the mos famous butter made by Shepherd Neame, so when I saw it, I had to buy it. A clean, dry, refreshing, bitter, having a touch of sweetness, but displaying an assertive and vibrant hop with a lingering bitter finish. A pleasing drink.