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


on tap

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask: Regular. ABV of cask version reduced from 4.5% in 2009.
"Premium Kentish Ale".
A Best Bitter. Originally produced in 1990 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. It is Shepherd Neames best selling cask ale, supported by quirky Second World War-themed advertising.
"Lingering malt and hop flavour, with a well-balanced, lasting aftertaste."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (1381) - PORTUGAL - FEB 13, 2013
A tasty beer to appreciate with a good group of friends in a pub while the rain pours outside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (5065) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Complex roasted bitter aroma, but definite chocolates in the taste. Light and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 20, 2012
Great on the handpump. Toffee, crystal malt, soft floral finish. Very smooth with minimal carbonation. Textbook example of easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1328) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2012
Cask at the Old Doctor Butlers Head in the City. This was a mid-brown ale with a small white head. Sampled straight after Master Brew, this is perhaps a more balanced beer with more malt and a gentler hop flavour. It was nice enough but was basically a slightly above average standard bitter; I slightly preferred the more robust hopping in the Master Brew. Donít seem to get the minerally character found in the bottles in these cask versions. The great advertising campaign should be noted, I awarded an extra point for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (678) - NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2012
hay, bread, resin, floral, earthy, orange, clear, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
Canít believe Iíve never reviewed this before: this hand pulled pint was taken at a local pub on the 4th sep 2011. Reddy brown body with an off-white topping which hung around throughout the pint. The smell and taste can be easily combind, youíll find semi-sweet biscuits that contain toffee, caramel and nuts within the mix, towards the end of the mouthfeel a dry hoppiness pops up to remind you this is a proper beer. Sadly the body is a bit watery thin, a shame because everything else about the beer is fine, well carbonated and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2012
Cask @ The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich. Clear light brown coloured beer with no carbonation and a dence but short white head. Malty dry and short yeasty bread hinted aroma. Medium palate. Finish is full herby dry with some yeasty and malty hints. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tombyars (1434) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2012
First tasted this in the Anchorage, Troon in April 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper in colour with a thick white head. Strong floral hops present in the long aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a very slight digestive biscuit base with tart redcurrant fruit, which fades rapidly away and is replaced by astringent hops. Aftertaste is very dry with strong dusty resins, full in the mouth giving loads of astringency sucking moisture from the palate. Finish is very bitter with hardly any traces of malt but hop resins are present with strong dusty notes. I know people rave about this Kentish ale with affection but its not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
The Baron of Stinckley (JDW). One of the biggest fish to have slipped through the net. Clean jelly red with an unmoving off white collar. Vinegared hay aroma, light sulphur; digestives and sherbety Shep hop as the head subsides. Hugely strange, sulfitic, stale berry flavour like licking scrambled egg and Ribena off tupperware. The sherbety, Turkish Delight hops and digestive malts are there but buried in..weirdness and Burton-farty minerality. Quite partial to Shepís bottles so this is a watery disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (5282) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Cask. A bitter thatís more forceful than many of its cousins. Spitfireís a deep mahogany color. The nose is of toasty, woody, bread-like malts with hints of floral hops. The taste is dominated by the malty, oaken sweetness with little bitterness. The finish is a bit wet for the style. The bodyís medium and a bit slick.

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