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


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RATINGS: 860   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (79) - - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (522) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Perfect clear copper color with thin but fine pored foam. The smell is mostly negligible. The taste is bitter oily and a little tart especially in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated and a little sweet. Not bad if you like a bitter beer with little dominant distinguishable hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (222) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 28, 2015
Famosa Bitter verteu no "pint" um líquido límpido,translúcido com coloraçăo âmbar avermelhada,espuma bege cremosa mediana,no nariz um aroma de lúpulos florais e cítricos,malte,caramelo e tofee,na boca da mesma maneira do aroma o bom amargor dos lúpulos aparecem de primeira,precedidos do dulçor do malte e finalizando com notas picantes,corpo baixo/médio,boa carbonataçăo e "drinkability",final levemente seco,retrogosto com suave amargor e picante. "Bitter" de qualidade,bela garrafa,sabor e aroma equilibrados pedindo mais um gole,gostei.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sebilinz (999) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle. Amber body with white head. Aroma is malty with hints of fruits and some caramel. Taste is also malty and bread with some metallic taste. Aftertaste is also malty with some nice bitterness. Nice traditional ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
futre7 (174) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JUN 25, 2015
Pours a classic brown ale colour with a decent head and good lacing. Nose is caramel, maybe some bread, raisin and biscuit. Flavour is again sort of caramel, brown bread and biscuit. Does have a sort of astringent quality to it ....maybe washing up liquid and or soap....although that was only on my second can I noticed it. Very light and crisp in a can.....it is a lot better on cask. Finish is clean and dry. Overall not bad. Sort of an impression of a good ale that falls short of flavour and body. I prefer them with more body and less carbonation. Although at 4.2% it is sessionable ( worth noting the can I got from 7-11 Taipei was not 4.5 as stated above) .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jorn69 (1656) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
@ Röhällavägen 150616. Can (44o ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and fruity with caramely notes, sweet, medium body with a watery texture. The finish is dry, sweet and malty with fruity notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fredd_an (191) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2015
Karamlellig färg av kola godisar med ett benvitt huve av oftast stora bubblor. Medelfyllig doft av kola & karamell vilket går igenom stark i smaken. En liten touch svagt av humle (fuggle?) i eftersmaken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jamaty (1149) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2015
Marron rojiza, aroma malteado. Sabor a malta tostada. Algo cansina, poco lupulada. Se bebe sin más

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Werthergoethe (133) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAY 29, 2015
горький вкус с легким карамел& послевк& в целом - довольн& простой эль. назван в честь знамени& британс& самолет& времен 2 мировой.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ruprecht_007 (680) - Cesky Tesin, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 17, 2015
Brava: červenozlatá. Pěna vysoká držící. Vůně: příjmná hořce grapefruitová,lehká. Chuť: hořký ostřejší nástup, v pozadí celkem výrazná sladová chuť, dlouhý chmelový dozvuk. Lehký karamelový tón v pozadí,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willisread (717) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle from Seiyu (Ą150). Poured into an English tulip pint. Pours an orange brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice rim on the beer. Caramel notes dominate the nose with some slight fruit noticeable as well. Flavor is much of the same with some soapy notes as well. Light body with a watery mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish.

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