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

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RATINGS: 134   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamesie1857 (1458) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
500ml bottle - not sure what to make of this. It is supposed to be an ESB, but the nose and taste is more smoky than spooky, with a bitter after taste. The look and palate are okay, but the taste.. I dunno. Too biscuity.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget, Mölndal. Can’t find a BB date, consumed on October 20, 2012.
Clear dark copper to light ruby color, big lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet, malty, grainy, bread, caramel scent. Malty, dry, a bit harsh, grainy, husky, somewhat roasty, hints of solvents and resin taste. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, harsh dry towards some glue aftertaste. Medium high dry harsh bitterness. Feels more of a sipping beer, despite the low alcohol, I’d have appreciated if it was a tad sweeter in taste, and less harshness. Even has a feeling of warming alcohol, oddly enough.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (1691) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bronsfärgad öl med ett smutsvitt skum, som lägger sig som en gräddbakelse ovan drycken. Doftar väldigt fint, där karamell, röda bär och ljus sirap står i fokus. Smaken är tyvärr inte alls av samma kaliber. Samma som i aromen, men bara inte lika bra. Torr eftersmak.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19805) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear nut brown, rich firm head. Herbal nose with some vanilla. Dryish with clean, rounded mouthfeel. Lightly roasty anbd heavily resiny with aggressive bitterness. Shallow and fruity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bamsen78 (3314) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2012
Distinct, herbal aroma. Thin foam. Light amber colour. Clear, slightly bitter flavour and strong aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13725) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle, 4.7%. Very faint nutty aroma. Clear dark copper colour. Big stable off-white head. The flavour starts off caramelly, turning slightly nutty and finishing with some CO2 flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (4775) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2012
Nut brown colour with an off white head. Caramel malt and hoppy aroma. Flavour about the same with a fruity edge.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden]

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (811) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
Light brown color, tinted head. Flavor of caramel and toastednuts, figs and malt. Not much bitterness. The brewmaster seem to have been a bit to cautious and not added enought of just about anything. Spook ale becomes a promise, but not much more.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klas (297) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
caramel, nuts aroma. amber color. frothy head. A bit bitter. Quite good spooky ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LoFi (1594) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle. Copper to ruby, off-white head, lacing. Aroma: caramel, floral, earthy, soapy. Taste: caramel, fruity with pears and sweet lemon, orange, light sweet licorice, earthy. Medium-bodied.


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