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


on tap

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Bottle: Filtered.
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (315) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Has scuttle sweetness to it, aroma of light chocolate. It pours light red, and has bit of a brownish head. Tastes great, and has medium texture. Realy pleasant after taste of almost smoke like Balfour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Not horrible, just not so drinkable. Foamy head. Malty, sweet and uninteresting. LCBO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear copperish dark amber with a resilient white head. Aroma is biscuit and a hint of fruit. Flavor is biscuit, spicy caramel, red berries. Finish is very lemoney and grapefruity. Good bitter punch. Lingering citrus flavors. Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
500ml bottle, dark amber-copper color, with a frothy bubbly white-beige head, with a nice soft biscuity, toasted, caramel, bready malty nose, with some toffee, light fruity dried raisin, sugar pie crust accents, with a toasted bread crumbs, bran muffin, faint spicy floral leafy hop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good grainy biscuity, caramelized, toasted, bready malt, toffeeish, earthy flowery leafy, grassy hop character, with some faint roasted grind coffee bean, burnt toast, bran muffin, tobacco leaf, dried fruity raisin sugar pie crust flavors, leading towards a grainy biscuity maltiness, fruity, toffee, lingering earthy leafy, grassy, citrus hoppy, mild lingering roasty bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (7932) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5955) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7714) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Pretty good for a bitter. Average carbonation, pours orange. Well balanced, good for style. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wekker84 (2200) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3217) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
leebotton (406) - 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.

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