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Shepherd Neame Spooks Ale (Cask)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask: Seasinal - October.
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 12/20
hohops (798) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Appearance is amber, with a one finger light foamy head. A nice raisin, fruitcake, nutty aroma. Taste- lots of malt and raisin, caramel hints, some hop bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask Half Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Ruby red in colour. Very Malty; roasty biscuity malts, caramel, coffee and nuts. Hoppy; earthy hop bitterness. Fruity; some citrus fruit. Bitter sweet roasty malty and earthy throughout. Dry malty finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, October 2013. Sweet, malty beer with a touch of hop before a decent, bitter finish. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival - Le Gothique, London. Pours clear amber with a big, frothy white head. The nose has grainy bread, dried berries and nuts. Light to medium sweet flavor with light doughy and dry bread, dry toffee, further berry character. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Further dry and toasty brown bread in the finish, dried berries, light leafy bitterness. Not too shabby at all. Good effort, Sheppy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
23rd October 2013
The Hain Line, St Ives. Cask. Pretty much a clear deep amber beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Smooth malt with a little dry cream. Nice nutty tone. Whisper of dried fruits and mellow peel hops. Finishes semi dry. Tasty enough!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Chestnut with beige head. Malty, grainy beer with a large dose of caramel and toffee. There is a fustiness to it, like a damp dog blanket. I didn’t get the hoppy bitterness later on unfortunately, the was just a lingering biscuit note. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
A reddish brown beer, weak head. A bready malt aroma, like a German rye bread! There is also a biscuity aroma. Dry mouthfeel. The taste is a smooth, malty, bready flavour with a mild bitter nut flavour. There is just a slight hint if hop in the background. The finish is dry and malty. Tasted at the 2013 Norwich CAMRA beer festival. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1949) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Pours a brown colour, taste is malty, fruity and dry, with some slight hops on the palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danlo (2551) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Cask at Tanners Hall JDW Darlington. Brown amber colour, off-white foam head and aroma of malt, hint of citrus hop. Taste is roast malt, coffee, and some citrusy hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Quite OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 18 October. Poured a clear chestnut with a thin white head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly spice with abundant caramel and malts. Flavours of cinnamon, fruit cake and orange peal. Finished with dry grain, peppery spice and astringent bitter resin.

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