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

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RATINGS: 783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imaragingbull (570) - Sydney, - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. BB Jan 2013. Pours clear bright amber orange with decent off white tight bubbled head being somewhat resilent. Aromas of light toffee, grains, bread, hints of munich malt and a light melanoidan character, almost wort-like. Hop character diminished by age, however a subtle spruce, floral grassiness character still remains Medium light body, medium high carbonation, a bit spritzy towards the finish. Butterscotch, toffee, complex melanoidan, burnt toffee character. Malts linger on with an estery mineral-like yeast character and a back-seat hop bitterness.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (3377) - 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 (89) - 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 (68) - Falkensee, Brandenburg, 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 (1271) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
Liquide cuivré rouge, mince et limpide, au nez légèrement mouffetté par la bouteille transparente, et qui émet aussi des notes de caramel et de houblons. La bouche est assez amère, 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 à 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 (1293) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Medioker lageröl, hel del malt och sötma. Lite vattnig i kroppen men inget oväntat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_alkis (294) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
A bit grassy and bitter in the taste, which unfortunatly dies out a bit too quick.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bygers (779) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle 0,5l. Pours a dark red amber colour. Very strong taste of black malts. Dark amber color. Soft foam. Some bitternes with alcohol notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
eastkenttom (28) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Nice. Decent tasting and flavoursome. Carbonation is just right too. A rather fine effort.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SamTheBarrel (452) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
440ml can, pours dark amber with a medium sized frothy beige head, that reduced quickly leaving a little lacing. Aroma of caramel and rye sourdough bread. Flavours of caramel, rye sourdough bread, spices, orange zest and dried apricots. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is light-medium bodied, slightly slick texture and average carbonation. Overall a decent bitter, would have liked it fuller bodied.


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