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

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RATINGS: 787   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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pkbites' rating

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
pkbites (688) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Lovely orange pour. with beige cream head. Malty aroma, but only lightly so. Flavor is lighter and watery, very unexpected. Very scant hop presence. Had on tap @ Rhubarb in London.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (91) - 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 (392) - 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 (400) - 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 (2459) - 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 (3380) - 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 (98) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
rotaman14 (80) - Potsdam, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
Coppery colour, white head. Unpleasant metallic aftertaste, high carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Very carbonated for an english brew...skunky taste and no head...Im sorry I bought 6...will be a 2 am bottle of the barrell brew forsure...No Thanks !

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lesifflebiere (1274) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
Liquide cuivré rouge, mince et limpide, au nez légčrement mouffetté par la bouteille transparente, et qui émet aussi des notes de caramel et de houblons. La bouche est assez amčre, moins maltée que prévue, avec une buvabilité qui n’a d’égal que son aquosité, déplorable malheureusement. Mais les saveurs, avant qu’elles ne disparaissent ŕ chaque gorgée, sont non seulement justes mais judicieuses ; une vraie bitter, mais trop timide, et mal embouteillée. Dommage.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1311) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Medioker lageröl, hel del malt och sötma. Lite vattnig i kroppen men inget oväntat.


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