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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6495) - 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 (4443) - 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 (8466) - 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 (1242) - , 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Chestnut brown with offwhite head. Light aroma of bready malts but I really can’t pull much more out of it. The body of the beer is really smooth and encompasses the beer really nicely. Flavour is rich & full, nutty malts with a mild citrusy twist lingering in the background.... flavour eases of to a mellow aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a deep orange-amber with a large lasting fluffy off-white head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma of biscuity malt, nuts, light hops, some fruit and light diacetyl. Flavour has some "bottle" up front followed by biscuity malt, lightly toasted, and with spices, toffee, light hops and an average bitter finish. Average bodied. Just O.K., I was hoping for better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2881) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
500ml bottle from Morrisons, Ayr - clear brown ale, foamy off-white head, biscuit malt aroma, intermittent lacing, moderate carbonation, malty flavour, balanced by some fruitiness, but I don’t get a citrus hit from this one, refreshing, easy to drink

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3295) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
500ml bottle from mr_h. Reddish orange brown, big foamy head. Oaty spicy grain malt aroma. Slightly metallic oaty malt flavour. Sharp with bitter aftertaste. A decent bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1892) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
500 mL bottle. Dark copper brown with a small beige head. Looks pretty good. Nutty, malty aroma. Smells pretty good. The flavour is a little thin, but the sweetish maltiness is there early, and there is plenty of bitterness in the finish. Nothing exciting, but pretty solid overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2421) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear, dark amber colour with large eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is caramel, toasty bread, and earthy/herbal note. Flavour is fairly toasty malt with notes of caramel, bread and fruit as well as a decent earthy, herbal bitterness. Medium body. Not bad.


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