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

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RATINGS: 778   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
I will think of this beer everytime I hear "bitter". This was about the best I have tried. I could drink this anytime, anywhere! I love the toffee flavor with the hops. Perfect.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2001
A world-class bitter. Nice toffee-like malt, with slight herbal hops enhancing it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2000
WOW! what a beer, malted and hopped, a true example of the brewers art. So flavorful, but not overpowering, just a world class beer.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
Colour: Dark copper with a tingle of orange-red. The white foam is soft, yet quite compact. It got a surprisingly neutral smell considering the taste, although here are tones of fresh apples and apricots. The carbon dioxide is really all that one could ask for: Nice and soft, noticeable but gentle. When it comes to taste, one gets even more delighted: A perfect balance of body, sweetness, bitterness and a complex blend of different hints! The bitterness and the sweet tones of apricots, peaches and butter mix in an exemplary way. Then, when you just sit back and smile, the aftertaste brings you even more of bitterness, dried fruits and fresh cucumber. Yes, this is one of my all time favourite beers, and I am very grateful to those people in Kent who makes this fantastic brew. One of my all-time-favourites!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dervock (497) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2009
There is an outstanding hoppy aroma from the glass. The beer is smooth and creamy and quite refeshing; at 4.5% you could put a few of these away.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3203) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 18, 2012
leather, leaves, cheese, spruce, cereal, rotten eggs, alcohol, banana, amber, cloudy, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, salty, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1129) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - APR 11, 2012
Botella de 500ml. Vaso de Pinta. Saboreada en may´11. Color cobre intense, Apariencia cristalina. Espuma blanca de burbuja pequeña. Capa cerrada y túpida con bastante buena retención. Bonitos encajes. Aroma cítrico moderado y de malta dulce con un toque floral. Entrada de malta dulce seguida de un suave cítrico. Amargor límpio y paladar agradable. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación suave. Final amargo. ¡¡ Un cervezón !! 500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on may´11. Deep copper color. Crystal clear appearance. White, small bubbled, froth. Close & dense head with fairly good retention. Nice lacing. Moderate citric & sweet malt aromas. Floral touch. Sweet malty upfront followed by smooth citric. Clean bitterness & gentle palate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Big beer!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrscruff (19) - Killaloe, IRELAND - SEP 20, 2013
roasty, spruce, earthy, amber, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium bitterness, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter,

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Undergrad Boozers99 (40) - ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2002
Personal favourite. ’No Fokker comes close!’

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2002
Typical Quality you would expect from Shepherd Neame, not quite as tasty as Bishops Finger


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