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

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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A classic beer of true quality, Spooks Ale is characterised by its huge biscuity malt palate, derived from three traditional roasted barley malts used in this brew, giving a glorious deep red hue. The excitingly complex malty flavours are wonderfully balanced by a huge citrusy, hoppy bitterness and aroma from a particularly fruity hop added at four stages in the brewing process.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (6715) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
(Bottle) Darkish amber colour with frothy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried apricots, orange peel, dried fruit, honey and toasty, biscuity malt. Malty, slightly toasty taste with dried apricots, brown sugar, dark bread, orange peel and a certain citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with balanced sweetness. Well balanced and tasty. Quite enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry biscuit malt with some light bitter notes. Taste is dominated by dry biscuit malt with light roasted malt notes with some light dry bitter hops notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but a little bit too much toasted malt notes for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4774) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Pretty good for a bitter. Average carbonation, pours orange. Well balanced, good for style. Bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wekker84 (1730) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
bottle a dark golden yellow amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy fruits and hops flavor malts spicy fruits and some hops

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO. Autumn-amber colour with a big off-white head that falls back to a thin but lasting cap. Aroma of toasted malt with some light roastiness and a squeeze of citrus oil. Flavour has a great malty base - very toasty, but earthy, some slightly burnt brown sugar, sweet barley cereal, hint of cocoa - balanced by a healthy dose of hops that offer notes of citrus and pine, culminating in a very nicely bittered finish. Very enjoyable!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
leebotton (270) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Sweet, fruity aroma but hard to get any real nose from it, subtle, somewhat vanilla. Deep red with minimal light head. Pretty standard ’supermarket beer’ but has some character, metallic malty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: sweet toasty feel, slight nutty touches, slight pepper , some vanilla sugar.
Apperance: poured as clear amber colored ale. Medium slightly tanned beige cap . Sparse lace on glass walls.3+
Taste/Palate etc. medium bodied with that thin walls. Clean toasty malt mid with nutty woody bitter side and top end. Touch of black tea. Very nice clean straight bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
pours clear dark golden with a small whtie cap, little retention and no lacing. plain caramel, sweetish honey toasted malts, some fruitiness, pepper, grass, dash of earth and nuts. average carbonation, light body - watery, short grassy-peppery finish. boring and completely forgettable. meh. DP.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Deep amber pour with a thick sticky off-white head. The nose is quite spicy with a nice rich maltiness. It has a very lovely earthy sort of bitterness along with some peppery flavour. More assertively bittered than many examples of the style. Pretty nice pint really.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1475) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
(bottle) clear amber colour with a tan tan head; aroma of biscuit; bit creamy texture; rich and roasty flavour, dry, with long medium bitter finish


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