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
robinvboyer (4141) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Dark mahogany pour, small beige head. Sweet malty nose, bread, and caramel malts, with subtle cherry notes. Body is good, carb is solid. Finish is quite bitter, and smooth. Good dose of UK hops, and nutty malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (1088) - 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!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (3718) - 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
ManVsBeer (8689) - 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 (10201) - 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 (17532) - 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 (16771) - 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 (15286) - 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.

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