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

bottled
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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
angelofsorrow (2) - - JAN 1, 2016 does not count
Taste good maybe too bitter but nice color and smell good too. Real British bier

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (708) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a tan coloured head. A good looking pint. The nose is heavy with hard water notes, caramel, and a light spice note that almost smells like cloves. Taste wise, crisp mineral heavy notes, with light caramel and a faint note of treacle that turns into watery metallic bitterness, light wood notes, and some malt in the finish. Is it spectacular? No. Is it a solid 4.2% session ale? Yup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeddySlayerZA (1) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 30, 2015 does not count
This beer looks really attractive, and the the taste lives up to its initial appearance. Initially there are citrus notes, which give way to a bitter aftertaste. Quite mild for a bitter - but this is a good thing in my book. I’d definitely try this again with a good curry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nurmis (294) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2015
500ml bottle from supermarket. Pour with nice white head, red and clear liquid. Sweet caramel aroma with hops. Soft carbonation, nice bitter finish that sticks to your palate. Good bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alomtnez (264) - SPAIN - DEC 20, 2015
Average-medium white head with medium retention. Clear walnut light brown colour. Weak aroma, malty, toffee, ripe fruit. Malty taste, dry hoppy bitter, toffee notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ionutsalex (11) - ROMANIA - DEC 17, 2015
one of the best premium bitter hop flavour pretty pregnant in after taste also i felt and a little bit of citrus ( pretty good for my taste) overall good and tasty

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cervmagpt (639) - PORTUGAL - NOV 10, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 11C). Bottle 0,50 l - Batch 1668-01. AROMA: moderately-low to low earthy hop aroma with a medium-low caramel malt background. APPEARANCE: copper color and translucent. medium low ivory head with style average retention. TASTE: moderate hop flavour with earthy notes. low malty presence with a slight caramel and toffee character. medium bitterness with an almost dry finish and slightly bitter. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a Strong Bitter with less malt and hop presence than the average.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerGantzel (286) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2015
Malt, tosty, herbal, citrus aroma. Appears reddish-golden with a small white head. Light sweetness and medium-high bitterness. Soft carbonation with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5405) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4/7/2010 1:56:32 PM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Amber body with medium head. Malty and wheat nose. Bitter taste and nice creamy finish. With bitter notes at the end.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2015
500ml bottle poured golden brown & frothy fading to persistent laciness the aroma seemed grassy malty taste is standard bitter with nutty earthy grainy caramel cola flavours all in there not too bad


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