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

bottled
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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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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3.2
   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.

2.5
   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.

2.5
   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.

2.9
   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.

3
   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.

3.1
   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.

2.9
   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!...

2.6
   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

3.3
   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 .....

3.1
   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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