johndoughty (4531) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. One of this brewery’s cheap and cheerful range ( That’s not what they call it but in reality that’s what it is ). Clear bottle with an orange appearance. Some fruitiness with bitterness in the background. For ninety nine pence what do you expect? Has more taste in at than a lot of more expensive lagers. Don’t go out your way to buy it but if you come across it then give it a try.
FatPhil (11532) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki)
6+ Crisp citrussy aroma.
4 Mid orange, brief head.
7 Clearly the Shepherd Neame house taste at first, but there’s a lovely twist of chocolate in there too as it reaches the back of the mouth.
3 Slightly watery palate, crisp carbonation. Easy quaffer. Finish a little citrussy, but there’s no real bitterness in there.
13 Not particularly complex. The citrussy and chocolaty aspects stick out rather than providing a well integrated range of flavours. A maltier backbone would help join the two.
liinis (1728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4,0 %alc. Very loyal to the Shepherd Neame style as they tend to be all very alike. Very easy drinking. Dark gold colour with a small white head. some brandy noticeable there. nice hops.
mile (3513) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light amber, small and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate malty and sweetish aroma, fruit and toffee, some vanilla. Body is light to medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some fruit and toffee. Short to average finish with toffee and fruit. Typical quite light bodied Shepherd Neame, no surprises.
ralphdot (1010) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light gold colour with a thin head, malt aroma, slightly woody, fizzy, watery taste.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.5 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Golden to copper color. Nutty, biscuity and floral aroma with hint of rum, vanilla, tart fruitiness and pine resin. Dry flavors of nuts and cocoa with tart fruitiness and minerals. Dry crisp finish. A bit different type of Shepherd ale, but the usual crisp finish.
TheCametron (2127) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber with diminishing white head. Nose is pale English hops. Taste is sweet toffee with a gentle bitter finish. Not bad. Very Shepherds Neamey.
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear 500ml bottle (now brewed at 3.8% ABV): best before Dec 2013. Obtained from Lidl (UK).
Poured vigourously into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 1 Mar 2013.
The pour ensured the copper/amber body had a deep and full covering of snowy white foam above it: couldn’t get the whole bottle into the glass such was the heads size. Took a while to subside too.
Beery aroma: blend of mixed hops and baked barley with mild biscuity notes.
The taste was crisp, almost sharp and certainly refreshing (I might have cooled it too much): again a blend of flavours, the hops controlling the bitterness nicely with the malts just adding a touch of sweetness.
I’ve been critical of Sheperd Neame’s cheap supermarket brews: but this is OK, better than most of them for sure.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Lidl, shared with Nick. Copper amber with a white head. Sweet, straightforward malt aroma and taste, very easy drinking. Lots of fizz. Some bitterness. I wasn’t sure what to make of the Nelson story. Some would find it offputting.
joe19612 (2232) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Lidl. Pours a golden amber colour with a thin white head. The aroma is very malty with a big hint of toffee. The taste is sweet malt with a dry bitter finish.