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

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RATINGS: 846   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerJontte (7) - FINLAND - APR 25, 2015 does not count
Brownish red with nice head. A very slight bitterness with some carbonation. Clever pun on the label, "The Bottle of Britain".

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sdaniel90 (483) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 11, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. Clear maple with a frothy brown head. Sweet aromas of caramel, toffee, cereal and fruity hops. Medium to light bodied with moderate to flat carbonation. Intensely sweet with a mild bitterness. Rich, roasted character, although a touch watery, with a creamy feel and a hoppy finish in flavor, if not in bitterness. Very drinkable and pleasant.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobyFischer (130) - FRANCE - APR 8, 2015
Limpide, ambrée au reflets roux, belle mousse et peu d’effervescence (mais belle mousse blanche).Nez légčrement acide, frais, houblons anglais, caramel et biscuits.Douce en bouche, légčre, notes de biscuits, speculoos, caramel et houblons "sages" ŕ l’anglaise.Bitter peu amčre, douce et rafaîchissante.De soif.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
seritomi (335) - HUNGARY - APR 6, 2015
Picit gyógynövényes, karamell enyhe pörköltséggel. Színe Sötétsárga tiszta szín tört fehér habbal a vékony rétegként megmarad a sör tetején. Erősen szénsavas és kicsit fanyar. Vége fémes, hamus mérsékelten keserű. Gyenge test.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewerale (65) - - APR 5, 2015
Âmbar com média formaçăo de espuma de boa duraçăo. Aroma com notas carameladas, toffee, leve madeira, algum floral e lúpulo herbáceo. O sabor reproduz o aroma, o corpo é médio com final longo, maltado com suave dulçor e agradável amargor no retrogosto

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabuzzer (215) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours amber with a frothy white head. Toffee aroma, with a little hint of soap. Sweet, caramel flavour with a fruity finish. Not bad

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (316) - 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 (217) - 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 (184) - 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 (1427) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAR 17, 2015
Couleur ambrée, légčre mousse beige qui disparait. Nez fort houblonné herbeux. Gout de houblon herbeux amer et épicé avec caramel et malt par derričre. Bon corps. Vraiment je m’attendais pas ŕ ca. bien! Le houblon est bien long en bouche.


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