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%
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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Weefannybaws (130) - Barrhead, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Copper body with light frothy head, which lasted well. Toffee malty notes with hints of citrus and rhubarb. Lingering spiced metal aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle. Chestnut with an off white head. Aromas are weetabix, dark treacle and light nuttiness with berries. Gritty cocoa with pear and lemon. Smoky with some rye bread and hints of rubber and floral notes. Flavours are weetabix malts with light chocolate. More lemon than was present in the aroma with spritzy yeast. Woody bitterness with some burnt plastic on the aftertaste. Not bad, overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bygers (1155) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle 0,5l. Clear and golden deep amber with a huge white head. Aroma is toasted, cocoa and light malts. Taste of cocoa and toffee and crisp hoppy. Medium dry and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martinrumsam (564) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours mid brown with full beige head that lingers and laces. Aroma is caramel with just a smoky hint. Taste is sweetish malty and biscuity with a dry bitter finish. Carbonation is full mouthfeel is more watery than expected

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6726) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
Bottled from Systembolaget Deep, clear amber with a bubbly head. Some unpleasant, skunky notes in the aroma. Light toffee and grassy hoppiness in the flavour. Light body and medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2012
Amber with a heavy white head. Malty with flowery tones. Malt, flowers, hops and bitterness. Medium body with a nice, bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4104) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Pours dark amber to light brown with medium off-white head. Aroma is bread, cereal, caramel malt, spruce. Taste is lightly bitter with just a hint of sweetness. Finish is somewhat abrupt although there’s a very slight lingering bitter aftertaste. Body is quite light, with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamesie1857 (1962) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9594) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (2844) - 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.

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