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

bottled
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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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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LED40's rating

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (56) - - JAN 11, 2012
500ml bottle. Decent brew served super cold (maybe a bit too cold). Hops upfront in the smell and taste but not too much more can be detected....possibly a bit of citrus fruit. The palate is thin to medium but the after taste lingers for quite a while. Nothing very special about this one but worth a try.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dziajl (51) - - JUL 30, 2014
500ml bootle. Very strong taste of black malts. Dark amber color. Soft foam. Some bitternes with alcohol notes.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (672) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2014
DWG; Pours clear dark amber with a large, frothy, light tan, lasting, lacing head. Nose is light roasted malt, heavy caramel, hay, light honey and light spice. Taste is light to moderate sweet, moderate bitter and light spicy with a somewhat lasting finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnth (16) - - JUL 23, 2014
Thin head which mostly lasts. Pours clear. Faint aroma of hops and malt. To the ’average’ beer drinker, this is easily drinkable. If your looking for the latest hop fad, try another beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Caramel-colored with a smallish head. Bitter and tastes of hops. Some bread and malt notes as well. Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fluxing (270) - POLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Kolor bursztynowy, idealnie klarowne. Piana wysoka, powoli opada, zostawia gruba warstwe i calkiem niezle oblepia szklo. W zapachu karmel, owoce, lekki chmiel, lekki karton, aromat malo intensywny. W smaku polpelne, dosc slodkie, karmelowe, owocowe, wyraznie metaliczne. Calosc jest bez wyrazu, niewiele sie tam dzieje. Goryczka niska, aromat angielski, lekko zalegajaca, polaczona z cierpko-alkoholowym finiszem. Wysycenie za wysokie, przeszkadza.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adasko (189) - Poznan, POLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Very weak and delicate aroma of caramel, malts and a little bit of hops. It’s dark amber with ruby reflections. Almost no head. In short and quickly evanescent taste it’s quite bitter, with notes of malts.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kamil_ (351) - POLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Clear, amber colour. Frothy, lasting, white head. Aroma of caramel and hops (herbal notes with hints of citrus and resin). Low to medium bitterness. Medium body. Taste is hops. Decent bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (381) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Faint malt and caramel aroma. Razor thin head if any. Has a quick hit of bitter/sourness but ends on a clean note. A mild mix of caramel and malt in the flavor. A reddish brown color with mild carbonation. A pleasant brew but not exciting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pomko (188) - UKRAINE - JUL 11, 2014
Pours a crystal clear honey amber with a fizzy beige head. A really malty caramel aroma wafts from the glass. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is grainy malty sweet

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KrOliK (15) - - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Clear amber color. Average foam with poor lacing. Smell of malt, carmel and a little bit hops. Taste of malt with bitter and hoppy finish. Good to drink.


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