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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1194) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2012
Kopparfärgad öl med smutsvitt skum. Doft av malt, ljust knäckebröd, mörk frukt och kryddighet. Mycket av detta återkommer i smaken. En stram och torr avslutning.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6227) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2012
Lovely malt, bisquity, as the labesl says. I thought this was filled with fruit and spices, but it is an old fashioned beer crafted with hops and malt. Clear amber color. Bittersweet, full of flavour. Englighs hops, English malt. I’d try this with a curry. A pleasant surprise. Bottle from Systembolaget.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nordcore (1043) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Amber, clear with a medium offwhiote head. Aroma of malt, hops and caramel. Sweet taste with a caramel fruity end.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunevdj (3264) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at home. Shared with Theis an Joergen. Sweet and extremely malty. Aromas of caramel malts and hints of liquirish. Cocoa malts. Boring hops... needs more. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry, malty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Sune's - Thanks. Clear amber/brown - white head. Chocolate. Cocoa. Dry toasted. Ok malty. Light hoppy. Amber malts. Needs some fresh hops to be pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
elosop (166) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2012
Bränd, nästan fadd smak först, smakar inte som en english ale brukar. Påminner mer om fruktig IPA. Eftersmaken bättre, men alltför besk.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SheffieldSteel (115) - St Nikolai im Sausal, AUSTRIA - OCT 4, 2012
Smell of rich malt and yeast, marmite. Pouts a medium creamy off white head. Copper colour. Light carbonation. Taste is very malty, spicy hop with some toast. Short bitter finish. Wow, great beer with tonnes of character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3626) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle, from Morrisons Scunthorpe. Chestnut brown, fluffy lasting white head and moderate condition. Big bready nose with hints of wood smoke and peppery spices, pleasant roasted bitterness apparent in the mouth with a suggestion of chocolate, some muted berry fruitiness. Finish is initially dry with a lasting chocolate bitterness and some malt.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MalcolmTucker (750) - SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle. A standard ESB - very malty with a citrus hop finish. I’m quite partial to an ESB on a cold night but I won’t but this again in the future.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
They have had more fun writing the label on the bottle than to brew the beer, as the description on the label was full of fantasy and mystery. The brew was rather bland with a burnt bitterness that does not let up any malt flavor.


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