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

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RATINGS: 926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   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.
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mcc5468's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - JUN 4, 2011
From a bottle at pub in Dublin, Ireland. I had read about this beer four years ago and it was worth the wait. Excellent aroma, floral notes, just enough hops for a good bitter. An excellent session beer. Wished they sold it here in US. Loved it.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
davidtjm (1017) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle. Pour is amber with a thin white head, aroma is malty. Taste is malty, metallic, light acidic. OK

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanCrusher (817) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle 0,50L. Clear cooper color with tiny, frothy, off-white head that dissipate fast. I left the beer for a couple of minutes and let this way the stinky (bottle caused) aroma go away. Than I found some nutty aroma mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Taste goes from light bitter start to medium bitter finish with nutty note. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. I really doesn’t expected much from this beer, mostly because transparent bottle, but all in all it’s not that bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LLaurin (158) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2016
Pours in clear amber witha firm head and agreeable nose. Taste is fruity and very ale typical in old English style. Enjoyable pub beer without sharp edges.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajnepple (4370) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2016
500 ml bottle from a friend. Light murky brown appearance with a tan head and light lacing. Aroma of musty yeast, toffee, caramel malt and toasted grain. Similar flavor, smooth, malty and kind of old tasting. Light to medium body with a thin, creamy feel and minimal carbonation. Not awful, but kind of hard to drink overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kto (527) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 19, 2016
0.5l bottle. pours a clear amber with a medium white head and some lacing. aroma of caramel malts with a hint of grass and weed. flavour of toffee, fruits, lemon zest. medium bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
angelofsorrow (2) - - JAN 1, 2016 does not count
Taste good maybe too bitter but nice color and smell good too. Real British bier

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (674) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a tan coloured head. A good looking pint. The nose is heavy with hard water notes, caramel, and a light spice note that almost smells like cloves. Taste wise, crisp mineral heavy notes, with light caramel and a faint note of treacle that turns into watery metallic bitterness, light wood notes, and some malt in the finish. Is it spectacular? No. Is it a solid 4.2% session ale? Yup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeddySlayerZA (1) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 30, 2015 does not count
This beer looks really attractive, and the the taste lives up to its initial appearance. Initially there are citrus notes, which give way to a bitter aftertaste. Quite mild for a bitter - but this is a good thing in my book. I’d definitely try this again with a good curry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nurmis (97) - FINLAND - DEC 29, 2015
500ml bottle from supermarket. Pour with nice white head, red and clear liquid. Sweet caramel aroma with hops. Soft carbonation, nice bitter finish that sticks to your palate. Good bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alomtnez (255) - SPAIN - DEC 20, 2015
Average-medium white head with medium retention. Clear walnut light brown colour. Weak aroma, malty, toffee, ripe fruit. Malty taste, dry hoppy bitter, toffee notes.


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