Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
"Kentish Strong Ale".
First brewed in 1998 as a special @ 10.5% abv to celebrate Shepherd Neame’s tricentenary. A cask version at 4.5% was also released. Was made a pasteurised bottle regular at 6.5% under the name Celebration Ale. Relaunched in March 2005 as a bottle conditioned strong ale @ 6.5% simply as 1698.
Only local hops and malted barley and water drawn from our artesian well are used to brew 1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale. Hops are added three times, hence it is "thrice hopped".

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BeardedAvenger (1131) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle at Star Inn, Guildford. 16/11/17. Sweet marzipan aroma. Dark brown. Thick frothy off-white head. Light-medium sweet. Some latent bitterness. Sweet berries and caramel. Some malt. Medium bodied. Slick. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Not too bad. Went down well.

Piepenhenrich (1230) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

fugitive (2045) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle. Color amber with small white head. Aroma sweet, malt, caramel. Taste some sweetness, caramel, malt, dry, hop notes.

Thehangryguy (2) - Canterbury, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2017 does not count
Best Ale S.N do. Great flavours. Nice and strong. Not too much fizz. Mid bitter and Mid hops. Nice looking and rich taste.

AleMan84 (14) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Aroma: Chocolate, hops, dried fruit Taste: Malty, burnt wood, dried fruit, slight hoppiness very dry very bitter finish. Overal: Not a bad ale would drink again but not blowing me away either.

Maits (580) - ESTONIA - AUG 25, 2017
Clear dark amber beer with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet malty, burnt caramel, little biscuits. Taste is mild bitter with some sweet honey caramel notes. Mild body. Bitter aftertaste. Overall good enjoyable beer.

cervmagpt (901) - PORTUGAL - JUL 28, 2017
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 17A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch unknown (BBF unknown). AROMA: moderate malty-sweet notes with presence of caramel, light Maillard compounds (roasted bread crust) and esters (dried plums or grapes). hops a bit on the oxidized side. slight alcohol note. APPEARANCE: dark gold color and clear. medium-low ivory head with medium retention. TASTE: medium-high malty-sweet flavor with notes of caramel and faint dried plums and very faint cardboard. bitterness is balanced and medium with a semi-dry and medium-low bitter finish that dries out. PALATE: medium body with medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: an interesting strong ale but where the hops couldnt be detected.

Wendigo (676) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2017
0.5l bottle. Malty aroma, caramel, light coffee notes, light alcohol notes. Clear amber color, white head. Malty taste, coffee, caramel, alcohol notes, light to medium bitter. Full body, slick texture, soft to average carbonation and malty finish with caramel, coffee and light warming alcohol notes. Ok.

Cthulhu (1031) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - JUL 5, 2017
50 cl at Lidl, Lisbon. Amber colour. Biscuits, malt, caramel, Tried a week ago so the notes are simple

MatusBeer (784) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 11, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber colour, aroma of caramel, honey, taste of biscuits, malty, caramel, alcohol, light metalic. Not Bad

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