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

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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9405) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2006
500ml bottle at The Beer Palace in Oslo. Deep golden colour. Hoppy aroma. Taste of roasted malt and caramel with a nice and lasting bitter finish. Well balanced, but a bit thin in the mouth(24.05.2006).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 13, 2006
beautiful darkk copper-color creamy-colored head smells a bit sweet and very hoppy( in almoust herbal-tea way),smells malty,there is some caramel smell too(or even a little bit honey-like) smooth carbonation in mouth, tasts very hoppy(not in an only bitter ,but a tasty way),bitter-sweet ,malty,caramel) bot not too sweet,even if rather bitter it is interesting) aftertaste hoppy,malty,caramel(or dark caramel, something roasted)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6386) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2006
A fine bottled bitter, if not outstanding. Fruity, with a fine bitter finish. Refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2006
500 ml bottle. Clear, and light copper in color. Throws a coarse, but creamy head that clings to the glass. Rich caramelly aroma. Some vanilla notes can also be detected in the nose. Bitter hop flavour that is almost metallic once it hits the tongue. Deliciously bitter. Mouthfeel is rather light, but there caramel and malt sweetness. Aftertaste is lightly bitter with a richer hop complexity and some crystal malts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
Moderate malty aroma. Frothy off-white excelent head. Body has an amber color. Moderate bitter initial flavor, with short finish duration. Good beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle. Off-white cramy good looking and lasting head. Clear amber body. Roasted malt and grassy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel and a good deal of hops flavor. I think a visit and a talk to the people at this brewery would be great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2006
Tasted 15/02/2006. 500ml bottle, as pictured, from New World, Island Bay. Deep-orange gold, lowly carbonated with a good light-tan pillow of head that laces mildly. Very grainy on the nose, really "English", with a little toffee and some grassy undertones. More graininess in the mouth, with a moderately strong bitter middle and a long, woody, spicy, finish. Lightly carbonated, prickly hopping, medium mouthfeel. Doesn’t blow you away but is nicely sessional.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
Bottled. A mid brown/amber coloured beer. The aroma is fairly sweet with a little caramel. It’s a typical English bitter smell really. The taste is predominantly bitterness. Quite sharp, but still drinkable. A real epitome of an old school English beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4458) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2006
Very bitter to the detriment of all other flavours. The overpowering bitterness lingers well after the last drop has been drunk. Left no lacing-just a bitter taste. Think the conclusion is that if you like a bitter beer this is the one for you..

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6771) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2006
Medium, light tan coarse-laced head. Reddish brown body. Sweetish, nutty aroma. Deep, sweet taste of roasty malts with a nut-like hop profile and sweet caramel taste lingering. Bitter aftertaste. Very nice session ale.


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