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

bottled
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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


Graphirus' rating

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graphirus (48) - - OCT 14, 2013
A - pours a clear dark/reddish amber beer with a moderate foamy off-white head. Lots of lacing. S - In the nose there are toasted malts, toffee, caramel and some notes of herbal hops. T - Light bitterness, roasted malts, caramel. M- Light body with a creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finishes dry with roasted malts light bitterness. O- A nice bitter that oddly needs some more bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hopmaestro (653) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is low, but contains sweet notes of bread, caramel and sweet fruits. Tasteis malty and sweet with a low bitterness. Low bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bedzinianin06 (174) - - AUG 24, 2015
Obfita, kremowa piana, dosyć gęsta. Ładna, miedziana barwa, piwo klarowne. W aromacie lekki karmel i nuty chmielowe. Są też lekkie estry. W smaku głównie chmielowe i ziołowe. W tle słodowe. Goryczka średnio-wysoka. Wysycenie średnie, ale gaz przyjemnie musuje. Piwo średnio pełne.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (506) - - AUG 21, 2015
Copenhagen 21/8 2015. 50 cl bottle from Rema 1000 shared with girlfriend. I like the cap on the bottle with the markings from the Spitfire Aeroplanes. Pours clear dark yellow - almost amber with white head. Settles fast as thin layer of foam. Aroma is sweetish with notes of caramel and raisins. Low carbonation. Taste is malty and rather sweet. Caramel is the dominating flavour but some brown sugar. Mild bitterness in aftertaste. Typical English feature where you suspect that your beer has lost its fizziness after standing in the Sun for too long. But certainly decent enough for this kind of beer.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elosop (214) - SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2015
Ljust mahognybrun med lite skum. Aromen maltig och karamellig. Smaken tämligen bitter och ganska kort. Förhållandevis bra för den låga alkoholhalten på 4.2%. Drack den f.ö. för första gången på 440 ml burk (ej flaska som det står på rubriken).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cristobal37 (390) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Dark ruby ale. Nice and bubbily. Slightly bitter and some barley notes but otherwise a bit plain. Some cola sweetness but also some sour yeast notes. Cool history to it though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kapusil (799) - HUNGARY - AUG 20, 2015
0.5l bottle. Clear deep amber body, thin white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, chocolate and floral hops. Taste of toast, orange zest, grains and floral hops. The sour grainy finish is not that nice, otherwise it’s OK.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (1736) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a small off-white head. Very fine lacing. Mild caramel aroma with quite some biscuity notes and some floral hops in the back. Sweet with lots of caramel and biscuity notes. Mild bittery finish, light body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
soltys (86) - POLAND - AUG 15, 2015
An ordinary beer, but ok - grassy aroma of english hops, nice caramel body, nice smootnes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thellgren (477) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2015
0.44 l can without nitro. Nice clean amber colour with small head. Taste has bittering hops and interesting wooden taste like nuts or mahogany. Quite nice, actually. Bitters are not my favourite style, but this quite good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marek13 (193) - Brzesko, POLAND - AUG 12, 2015
----- I’ve tried it before joining to the RateBeer. -----


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