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


on tap

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RATINGS: 909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Can & bottle: Pasteurised. Nitro keg as Spitfire Smooth.
Premium Kentish Ale.
Originally produced in 1990 as a bottle conditioned 4.7% premium bitter as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.
A full malt and hop flavour with a well balanced and lasting aftertaste.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (1815) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a small off-white head. Very fine lacing. Mild caramel aroma with quite some biscuity notes and some floral hops in the back. Sweet with lots of caramel and biscuity notes. Mild bittery finish, light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
soltys (91) - POLAND - AUG 15, 2015
An ordinary beer, but ok - grassy aroma of english hops, nice caramel body, nice smootnes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thellgren (496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2015
0.44 l can without nitro. Nice clean amber colour with small head. Taste has bittering hops and interesting wooden taste like nuts or mahogany. Quite nice, actually. Bitters are not my favourite style, but this quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marek13 (209) - Brzesko, POLAND - AUG 12, 2015
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Percy0103 (300) - MEXICO - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. A clear chestnut beer with a big foamy white head. Aroma is of malt, wood, alcohol, spices and te. Taste is a little sweet with a mild finish. Fizzy finish and with a malt characeter. Very drinkable, yet it makes me feel like I’waiting for the true ESB character to show up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikaLukanainen (194) - POLAND - AUG 4, 2015
This one is legend... wait for it. I’ll skip the part about the appearance for the obvious reasons, though quite decent head retention is worth mentioning. The aroma, not being too strong itself, is the strongest side of the beer. Red fruity notes are mixed with some tea, herbs, delicate caramel tones and biscuits. The taste is on the hoppy side as the herbal bitterness plays a major role here but still you can find some fruity and bread accents somewhere in the background. The beer served me well as a session and easy drinking relax helper, although the taste could be more definied even in the bitter style terms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1902) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
Aroma: Some hay, nuts and fruits, not very dominant smells.
Appearance: Clear deep copper brew, an off-white, foamy head, good lacing.
Taste: Initial malt character, bread, porridge, some apples and bitter oranges, a good clean bitter finish.
Palate: Medium to high carbonation, medium body, soft texture a long dry finish.
Overall: A well balanced brew, straight and no fuss.
Note: Bottle 330 ml Reviewed 2011-04-20.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Michcio (145) - Gdansk, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Barwa bursztynowa, klarowne, piana niezbyt obfita i trwała. W aromacie nuty ziołowe, lekko opiekane słody, troszeczkę karmelu, lekko niepokojąca nuta maślana. W smaku już wyraźniejszy diacetyl, nie jakiś ogromny, ale przeszkadza. Poza tym ziołowość, lekki karmel i herbata, lekkie owoce. Wodniste niestety, goryczka średnia, herbaciano-liściasta, trochę brakuje wysycenia. Jeden ze słabszych angoli z Lidla, przeciętne, ale bez tragedii.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
majkelr (249) - Lębork, POLAND - JUL 29, 2015
W aromacie chmiel, karmel, ziołowość. Goryczka średnia ziołowa, bardzo przyjemna. W smaku czerwone owoce, herbata, ciasteczkowa słodowość. Piwo wytrawne, lekkie, ale nie wodniste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ivardo (93) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015

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