Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Bottled, Pasteurised;

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with toffee and some spices. Flavour is sweet malt, toffee and a hint of spicy hops. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1615) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
[500ml bottle from Maureen & Dave - cheers!] Light amber, fizzy, loose cream head. Creamy caramel mouthfeel, lots of herbs. Some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by this, I’m usually wary of Christmas themed beer. Aroma of grapefruit bitterness and spice. Lovely bitter flavour, some spruce, fruity and spicy, a little caramel sweetness to balance and a bitter finish that is quite refreshing. A good solid bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBaboon (1615) - FINLAND - NOV 29, 2010
Pouring this copper beer into a pint I already notice that is has Shepherd Neame written all over it. Hoppy and slightly spicy aroma. Grains and fruit too. Grainy, spicy and slightly fruity flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2010
Amber with a large and lasting white head. Old, dusty sack of grain malt aroma, sweetness intensifying as it warms. Some fruity sourness in the taste leads in to a sharp bitter finish. Too much fizz. Another typical, not particularly satisfying English bottled beer. Not sure why I bought this in Lidl when I could have had the real thing in the pub. Not sure what its Yuletide connection is either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
undercurrent25 (1479) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2010
Quite a heavy beer, strong fruity and spice taste which makes it taste very seasonal, good copper colour, a bit too much flavour going on for my taste, alright for a one off

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3118) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle. Amber, small and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate malty sweetish aroma, toffee and some bread, faint roastiness. Body is light to medium, malty and sweetish flavor, toffee and wood also in the flavor.Finish is short to average, malty, toffee and some dry bitterness. Typical Shepherd Neame, nothing wrong but you can really tell them apart by front label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (4671) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2010
50cl bottle from Lidl. Golden amber with a dense off-white head; standard Shep hoppy aroma with a touch of treacle and spice; slightly sour malt flavour, refreshing and lively in the mouth, although appearing only lightly carbonated; dry biscuity hops to finish. Pleasant enough but not particularly Christmassy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
500ml bottle (Hilpea Haukki, Helsinki)
6 Shepherd Neame standard fingerprint - Sweetish, muted hops, a little dusty and earthy.
4 Reddy orange, small persistent head, settles to a ring.
6 Text book shep again. Tons of floral honey whic is a little detached from the other tastes, namely the almost-pungent aromatic hops which make this just a little nutty.
3 Simple palate, crisp carbonation. Finish saves it - plenty of honey and caramelly malt, and loads of bitter hops. Those hops are again somewhat muted, and don’t taste fresh.
12 A straight down-the-middle bitter which didn’t survive pasteurisation so well. Like many other SN beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2010
Bottled (from K Citymarket Kivihaka, Vaasa). Amber colour, mediumsized beige creamy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is bready malts, some crystal malty notes as well as mild caramel. Also some slight grassy and floral hoppyness. Flavour is wooden, a bit grassy, quite sweet malty along with some slight herbal notes. Mild toffee in underneath. Biting carbonation. Pleasant bitter!

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