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

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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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LED40's rating

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (64) - - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml can served in a Pint glass. A: Pours a clear copper amber color forming a medium light yellow head. Medium retention and lots of lingering and molasses chunks of lacings formed and left in the glass S: Very malty in the nose. Strong notes of caramel, roasted malts, grassy, citrus and a bit piny hops. Notes of wood. Slightly sweet and biscuity. A bit fruity with some notes of plums and grapes T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts in upfront. Notes of roasted malts. Moderate grassy bitterness which is a bit citrus and piny too. Crispy and biscuity. Some fruity notes, mainly plums M: Light body, medium to low carbonation. Malty and boscuity aftertaste. Grassy hops also left in the mouth O: Absolutely drinkable. Perfect session beer. Delicious British Ale [ BA Review @ 7/21/2012 ]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (831) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Urban Golf, Kensington. Reddish brown, lots and lots of carbonation. Aroma of caramel malt, forest floor, some strawberry, biscuit spread. Taste is a uniform but satisfying malty bittersweet with a more rounded bitter finish. A bit of spicy hop in the aftertaste. Far too carbonated. Not a patch on cask, but good enough

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mainuh_man (173) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2014
0.5L bottle. Red amber with a frothy off-white head. Aromas are dusty / mineral, herby hops, cherry, cooked vegetables and some skunky notes. Flavor is pretty much all herby hops along with more of the mineral flavors. Finishes with a long, mild herby hop. Medium body with a thin mouthfeel and mild, albeit sharp carbonation. Overall, a mild beer. Very drinkable, but not much character.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Syfher (40) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
By the old ones ! One of the awfull beers I’ve ever tried... Too strong taste with a very caramel aroma, palate a little bit smoky but thick feel... I’ve just hated it, but it’s a beer which must be tried.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (125) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours copper color with medium head. aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Taste is malty, slightly burnt,watery, bitter finish. Bitter finish is the best thing about this beer, everything else is not for me

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
7stern (398) - Bromma, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
Copper colour, medium head. Sweet wood aroma, slightly smokey. Malty taste with light smoke and medium bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - SEP 26, 2014
Illata karamellmalátás, kenyeres, kissé kartondobozos beütésű, angolosan száraz, jellegzetes komlóaromájú. Visszafogott, kellemesen kiegyensúlyozott szénsavtartalmú, közepesen édes és közepes kesernyével operáló, hosszan elnyújtott utóízű, frissítő brit főzet. Semmi extra, mégis kellőképpen hangsúlyos jellemvonások.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RexTalionis (2513) - FINLAND - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber in color with a small off-white head. Slightly burnt grainy notes, bif of semi-sweet fudge in aroma. Bitter notes, burnt breadyness and hard fudge in taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (3385) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours amber wit ha withe head. Nose of light roasted malts. Some light hops. Medium body. Flavor is malty, spicy and bitter. Dry bitter finish. Decent.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lobs_ols (99) - LATVIA - SEP 21, 2014
Pure red gold, medium white head. Slight roasty notes with toffee and hop. Watery taste, roasty notes with some residual bitterness. Watery bitter finish. Meh.


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