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


on tap

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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StigJensen (5) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2003 does not count
Nice aroma and bottle. The beer is well presented, but it doesnt quite live up to it. It has a slight metallic aftertaste. Otherwise a good alternative to the danish cristmas beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2003
Bright amber. Frothy, off-white foam. Mild aroma of caramel & toffee. Medium, slightly thin body. Somewhat bland mineral water flavour w/ notes of caramel, toffee, & light hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Clear bottle. It has a brownish-red color with a small head that fades quickly. A very slight skunky aroma that turns sweet. Watery, a good hop/malt balance with some metallic flavors and bitterness on the finish. A fizzy mouthfeel. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
Bright copper color with a whitish foam head. Lightly skunked aroma, sweet caramel notes, organic, leafy notes. The body is lightly bitter at the front with just a touch of sweet caramel. Light fruit, maybe some citrus, lightly bitter throughout. Straightforward bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2003
Red amber. Good size head disappears to leave some nice lacing. Not sure if the aroma is a bit off or it's just the hops. Malty with nice bitter hoppy finish, that stays with you in varying degrees with each sip. Good but not eyebrow raisingly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
Almost clear amber body with a white short-lasting head. It might be getting old a bit, the aroma when opening a bottle doesnt seem too fresh. It rapidly gets better though and as it warms, we notice a pretty malty smell for a bitter, caramelic. Malty in mouth with a medium body, rather yeasty. Interesting salt peaks as well.The finish is obviously bitter, but quite short-lasting on parallel with 2 other bitters I had on the same session.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
Agoraphobic flowery hops send soft, bitter messages from afar...Philanthropic yeast cream wants to lend a hand...Panacea not existing, these promising cones need some therapy...Props once again to CapFlu!...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
The Etruscan (541) - Tuscany, ITALY - OCT 11, 2003
Weak beige head. Deep copper color. Aroma is malty with a few nutty and spicy tones. Flavor is malty too with caramel notes, ending in a moderately bitter, dry nutty finish. Light to medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Think I got more caught up in the name and anticipation, hoping for something really great. Not an utter disappointment by any stroke. Quite good as a matter of fact. Great? Well, I do like the malt and hops used quite a lot. Wish I knew the varieties used as I would like to revisit. Had to dig to get a bottle that was sheltered as I was very worried about the clear glass. On cask? Sure, send me there .....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2901) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
Reddish-copper colour. Aroma of mild caramel with slight metallic notes. Dry, malty flavour with a good hop balance in the finish. A good but unexciting English ale.

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