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

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RATINGS: 840   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 (572) - 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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (241) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a foamy white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, dried fruits and earthy hops. Taste of caramel malt, burnt toast, dried fruits, grassy, earthy hops and metallic. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation but a watery texture. A dry, bitter finish. Not as nice as cask, too metallic and thin.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Xavalias (212) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2015
0.5L bottle from Danish supermarket. Pours clear orange amber with a thin but persisting off-white head that leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with a hint of toffee. The taste is medium sweet and turns slightly bitter. Smooth palate. Easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMJL (169) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Zapach z butelki to przede wszystkim mocne uderzenie kontynentalnego chmielu. Piana jest dosyć wysoka, dosyć luźna, beżowa, ładnie zdobi szkło. Piwo jest bursztynowe w kolorze, całkowicie klarowne. Aromat ze szkła to oprócz typowego chmielu starych odmian, wyraźny słód w takich karmelowych nutach, ale co ciekawe również jakieś suszone owoce – chyba głównie jabłka, a może nawet i korzenne przyprawy. Bardzo przyjemny i dosyć złożony zapach. Pierwszy łyk daje poczucie świeżości i lekkości – piwo absolutnie nie zapycha, jest bardzo pijalne. W drugiej kolejności przychodzi słodycz – delikatna, majacząca wręcz gdzieś na pograniczu wyczuwalności, ale z pewnością dodająca całości charakteru. Całe piwo kończy się goryczką – bardzo przyjemną, szlachetną. Jest to po prostu bardzo dobry bitter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1333) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAR 17, 2015
Couleur ambrée, légère mousse beige qui disparait. Nez fort houblonné herbeux. Gout de houblon herbeux amer et épicé avec caramel et malt par derrière. Bon corps. Vraiment je m’attendais pas à ca. bien! Le houblon est bien long en bouche.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.3.2014. Malts, toffee, biscuit and caramel in nose. Smells like bitter. Quite light taste with toffee, caramel, ripe fruits, with bitter finish. Light, decently carbonated. Dryish. Ok bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekboniek (149) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Butelka. Barwa bursztynowa, klarowne. Aromat miodowy, karmelowy. Niewysoka goryczka. W tle pojawia się chmiel, owoce. Wszystko jakieś takie przytłumione.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FunkyF (242) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2015
Burk från SB. Kopparfärgad med tjockt beige skum. Söt, lite kryddig doft. Ganska vattnig och besk men med lite sötma och citrus.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrBlueSky93 (275) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. (BLOODY CLEAR BOTTLE AGAIN) Pours Amber with strong, 2 finger head, medium carbonation. Aroma of cannabis...to be honest, smells like cannabis, tastes like cannabis...with a bit of biscuit malt and some light hoppiness. Not great.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
flemmingwillum (1059) - Nysted, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
Rating #1057, flaske fra Netto Nysted. Teaktræsbrun øl med luftigt skum. Aroma af karamel, men lidt utydelig. Meget bitterhumlet smag med lidt karamel. Lidt ubalanceret smag og meget ensformig. God, cremet fylde. Ikke noget jeg ville ofre penge på en anden gang.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koshack (367) - Gdańsk, POLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Piana drobna, kremowa, szybko opada. Zostawiła ślady na szkle. W aromacie zdecydowanie chmiel. O ogrzaniu w drugiej nucie lekkie nuty karmelowe, ale pachnie wytrawnie. W smaku wyczuwalna goryczka plus gorzki karmel. Piwo jest wytrawne. Wysycenie średnie, dość dobrze się pije.


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