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


on tap

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RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   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.
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle. Really nice look combines amber, orange and hints of red. Wood dominates the nose, with some malt and dark berry adding balance and complexity. Surprisingly thin, the flavour is predictably dominated by wood, with a light malt, herbaceous and bitter medium-length finish. Standard and passable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with an average lasting fuzzy head. Aroma ofmalt caramel and hops. The flavour is dry, malty, sweet (caramel) and fruity. Thin mouthfeel though. Caramel sweetness in the aftertaste with a touch of metal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fb (51) - NORWAY - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour, with a nice head, however not very lasting. I like it, and the finish is OKI

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blankboy (7150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle. Ack, the dreaded clear bottle. Popped the cap and right away there was a whiff of skunkiness. Pours a clear golden-amber with an average size diminishing fluffy off-white head. Aroma, as I mentioned earlier, is unfortunately skunky and I’m having a hard time smelling past it -- with some effort I can tell there’s some biscuity malt and hops back there. Flavour fares a little better as it doesn’t taste skunky, it’s malty with a decent balance of hops, a hint of fruit and spices and a light dry bitter finish. Average bodied. I’m sure this would be better in a brown bottle and way better on tap or cask, but as it is it’s an average at best Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
500ml Bottle Clear dark amber poor with a healthy beige foamy head. Aromas of caramelised malts, sweet caramel, brown sugar and avocado. Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Nice bitter start that ends with a creamy dry finish farely fast. Nicely sweetened ... nothing to complexe. Added flavors of caramel, plums, hints of pepper and other spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
500ml bottle - pours clear amber with a relatively fluffy white head. Aroma is of earthy hops and caramel malt. Fruity notes as well. Flavour struck me a little subdued, but nice nonetheless. Sweet (not too sweet) caramel malting gives way to a sharp hoppy finish with some mild bitterness. Well balanced hop and malt flavours. Some spice and fruit, but this is predominantly earthy outside of those sweet notes. Fairly typical of Enlish pub ales, but well made nonetheless. The clear bottle is a bit of a downer, especially when it is imported. But this one seemed to be unaffected, thankfully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2007
Bottled. Amber with a slight off-white head. Light aroma of floral hops. A bit of caramel malt flavour but this tailed off to a metallic aftertaste. Much better when it was bottle-conditioned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
500 ml bottle - pours a gorgeous deep tawny-amber with a nice white head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts and a faint hint of spice. Earthy taste, with sharp, woody hops up front, then a quick smooth middle followed by a very pleasant bitter finish. Doesn’t seem to have been affected by the clear glass. Perfect carbonation. Not terribly complex, but very tasty and eminently drinkable. Now if they’d only put this into brown bottles......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours an attractive amber colour with a very thin head. Lightly sweet caramelly aroma. A malty caramel start gives way to a rough hoppy finish. The palat is decent enough, but there’s something about the finish of this beer that disagrees with me. Not a bad brew, but no great either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
Nice dark amber color. Nicely balanced between the sweetness of the malts and bitterness of the hops. I was worried about the clear bottle, but this seems fresh.

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