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


on tap

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RATINGS: 915   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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ShaneJ's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ShaneJ (771) - - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s? Bland aroma, reasonable bitter flavour spoilt by tinny/metallic aftertaste. Otherwise an ordinary beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cervmagpt (486) - PORTUGAL - NOV 10, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 11C). Bottle 0,50 l - Batch 1668-01. AROMA: moderately-low to low earthy hop aroma with a medium-low caramel malt background. APPEARANCE: copper color and translucent. medium low ivory head with style average retention. TASTE: moderate hop flavour with earthy notes. low malty presence with a slight caramel and toffee character. medium bitterness with an almost dry finish and slightly bitter. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a Strong Bitter with less malt and hop presence than the average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerGantzel (139) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2015
Malt, tosty, herbal, citrus aroma. Appears reddish-golden with a small white head. Light sweetness and medium-high bitterness. Soft carbonation with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4600) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4/7/2010 1:56:32 PM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Amber body with medium head. Malty and wheat nose. Bitter taste and nice creamy finish. With bitter notes at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
waiake (534) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2015
500ml bottle poured golden brown & frothy fading to persistent laciness the aroma seemed grassy malty taste is standard bitter with nutty earthy grainy caramel cola flavours all in there not too bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerkenstock (87) - - OCT 25, 2015
Eye: pours amber colour with a big but quicjly dissipating white head. Nose: not much, sweet and sour, chocolate perhaps Mouth: a bit metallic, berries Palate: nuts and good bitterness Overall: decent but nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hallstein (356) - Skogn, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
Can, 0,44L From a local store. Red colour, very clear. Aroma has fruity aromas. Slight floral hoppiness. Flavor-wise this beer is kinda flat. Low carbonation. Flavors of caramel with a maltyness to it. It’s okay, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (408) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
500ml Bottle. Copper pour with lively carbonation but no head at all. Gingery, gassy, slightly sweet nose leads into a flavour with roasty bread and spice notes discernible and a reasonable bitter finish. Perfectly drinkable but where’s the love?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoctorHU (142) - UKRAINE - OCT 9, 2015
Beer is a deep amber color. Froth high and dense. Malty taste rather dry, with hay and grass aroma and a little caramel. Bitterness serious pervasive, gradually fades into the floral aftertaste. Compelled by a thoughtful and unhurried savoring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kita (1599) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear deep amber color with thin soapy off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma is grassy, herbal, citric and caramelly. Taste starts with light sweet toffee and citrus, following is refreshing sour herbal and fruity, mouthfeel is dry and mild spicy, while finish is moderate bitter.Light body, thin texture and average carbonation in palate. Just a thirst killer...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChtiBreizh (326) - Rennes, FRANCE - OCT 2, 2015
Amber with a thin frothy head. Caramel, bread, light hops. Medium to low sweetness, dry and light bitter finish. Average to soft carbonation, light bodied and watery.

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