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

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RATINGS: 130   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (579) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a clear caramel colour with a three finger, fluffy off-white head. Carbonation rising to the top. Aroma is large with notes of bread, caramel, and a bit of an earthy roastyness . Taste is a a malty bitter with a slightly roasted aftertaste. Low-medium body with a medium carbonation. Slightly fizzy (probably force carbonated) with a clean mouth feel. Overall not bad. Great branding with an appealing label. The roasted flavour is interesting. Kind of like a black lager/black IPA. Might buy again if I was in the mood for an ESB. Cheers! Raised in celebration of Myles. You will be missed. Go play with your buds!!!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
500ml bottle from the LCBO. amber with a small tan head. fruity, hoppy, and english malt nose. balanced flavour. quite a lot going on for a 4.7% ale. liked this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1587) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
bottle - pours a clear amber-red 1 finger off white cap reduces quickly to a surface lace, but does lace the glass well. Modest carbonation, Nose is malty caramel, some leafy hops - flavour follows nose - caramel, golding bittering in good balance clean bitter finish with a decent hop bite at the end - nice little bitter but nothing spectacular.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (2894) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear copper with a fair tan head. Aroma: Earthy, woodsy malts, a little caramel, roasted grains, light diacetyl, a touch of fruitiness, a little toffee/treacle, quite stark. Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence, a little astringent. Flav.: Quite dry and stern, some hints of caramel/toffee/treacle, a little citrus, unbalanced bitterness, a little woodsy, harsh; dry with harsh and forceful bitterness and a long, unpleasantly stern finish.

I spent the day rating lousy ESBs. Why am I drinking this??

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (3780) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle from Asda. Auburn red in colour with a bubbly head. It has a grainy sweet aroma but the grain really comes into its own within the taste as its very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (5866) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle @ Christers. Pours copper with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, light caramel, grass, herbs. Flavor is malt, caramel, nuts, grassy hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. 030713

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11081) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and nutty. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 030713

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14027) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, nuts, little candy sugar, malt and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11059) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted and fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, chocolate, medium sweet, hop, fruit and a little bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Russo (1685) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUN 18, 2013
Dark amber with a nice white head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is pretty much the same as aroma. Finish has a light bitterness.


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