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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Faversham, England
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RATINGS: 131   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.


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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1653) - AUSTRIA - APR 4, 2012
Medium brown with a soapy lasting white head. Smells of chocolate roast, caramel and some cinnamon. Medium frothy body. Sweet caramel roast with some light fruit. Light hint of citrus. Biscuit. Straight up delicious. Has such a sweet delicious caramel malt that it keeps me coming back.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (3629) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 24, 2011
Very clear, red body with small creamy head. Fruity aroma, with red apple, some citrus and grapes, together with a malty base of cinnamon biscuits. Smooth and very drinkable, medium bitterness, especially near the end. Aftertaste is a bit short. Enough flavour to keep sipping and that’s fine at this low abv. (50cl bottle, 4,15 EUR)

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2068) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2012
Rödbrun färg, lågt skum. Knäckig doft, fruktkaka, russin, rostad mandel. En doftbild som jag förknippar med engelsk öl som är ett par procent starkare minus alkoholtonerna. Riktigt fin. Smaken avslöjar att det är 4,7%. Lätt ganska torr kropp, murriga smaker av höstskog, lite mineraler, torkade apelsinskal knäck och en för England ganska markerad beska. God men doften lovade ännu mer. Ändå en strålande special bitter. Helt min kopp te.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (267) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2012
biscuits, malt and sweetness all poke through the maltiness in this one. Enjoyed it - for a ’wee seasonal one it was nice and would certainle have again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2881) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
500ml bottle from Morrisons, Ayr - clear brown ale, foamy off-white head, biscuit malt aroma, intermittent lacing, moderate carbonation, malty flavour, balanced by some fruitiness, but I don’t get a citrus hit from this one, refreshing, easy to drink

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli. Pours clear garnet with a soft, off-white foam head. Holds a doughy, toasty malt aroma with hints of dark fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor with light, leafy bitterness, light caramel, dry toast, berries. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Faintly dry finish with some leaves, caramel or toffee, toasted sugar. Not at all bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
500ml Brown bottle, best before Aug 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard in Oct 2011. Looks really good, lovely red hue to its chestnut brown body a full, deep slighlty off-white head sat on top. Hops in the aroma, was expecting a maltier smell because of the colour: the rear label does mention ’a particularly fruity hop’ being added at four different stages of the brewing process. That’ll be the reason I could smell a citrusy hop presence then! The taste however is maltier than the hops, with a roasted biscuity, toasted brown bread feel to it. There is a sharper, bitter finish after the initial malt taste, those hop obviously finding their feet towards the end of the gulps I was taking. I was hoping for a more creamy, richer body to be honest, but it wasn’t a bad beer in any way, just not as smooth as I’d hoped for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2012
Aroma of chocolate biscuits with a spicy hop edge. Amber with a reasonable head Biscuity flavour witha slight hop bite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2012
Bottled 04/06/12. A dark brown coloured beer with a whitish head. A full malty aroma with coffee and husky grains. Really welcoming. It’s very tasty too and beautifully balanced in the mouth. Nice late bitterness. Crunchy malts. A bit of berry, a bit of chocolate orange and a bit of toast. This is as good a SN beer as I’ve ever had.


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