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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (3179) - 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??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (5080) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (6782) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (12433) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14423) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11906) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Russo (1728) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2013
I like this. Slightly unusual combination of fruitiness and roast malt flavours - in the autumnal spirit of Hobgoblin, but drier and with less of a kick. Pleasant enough to drink in bulk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nilsas (1961) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
herlig lukt av tre. Gylden mørk nøttebrun farg med et fint lag av skum. God langt sittende smak, noe søtlig men godt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaney (2426) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2013
Dunkles Bernstein mit feinporigem Schaum mittleren Ausmaßes, also für Tommys ok. Brotiges und leicht röstiges Aroma. Im Geschmack auch leicht röstig und würzmalzig. Zieht angenehm herb nach, reißt mich aber nicht vom Hocker. Da hatte ich mir deutlich mehr von versprochen oder um es mit Shane zu sagen: Church of the holy spook!

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