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

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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
"Kentish Strong Ale".
First brewed in 1998 as a special @ 10.5% abv to celebrate Shepherd Neames 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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artyom (1064) - Osijek, CROATIA - MAR 21, 2016
0.5l bottle. Amber color with white head. Aroma is fruity and earthy with toffee notes. Taste is malty with low to moderate bitterness. Overall its good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grisza77 (695) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 17, 2016
Bursztynowe, klarowne piwo o średniej pianie, ktra utrzymuje się do końca w postaci pierścionka przy brzegu szkła. Aromat lekko opiekany, lekko alkoholowy, lekko chmielowy. W smaku słodowe z nutą ziołową. Goryczka średnia, przyjemna, ziołowa. Oglnie dość udane typowo angielskie piwo, niczego nie urywa, ale pije się przyjemnie.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4727) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2016
Draught @ BAJT. Pours clear deep golden with a small frothy pale beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving a thick ring of lacing on the glass. Smell is malty and fruity with sweet dark bread, toffee, plums, grapes, hay, lemon peal and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, tiny fruity and tiny spicy. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fairly herbal with hints of both toffee malts, dark fruits and St Johns wort. Decent strong ale... Nothing too exciting...

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hub66 (448) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 21, 2016
couleur ambre; petite mousse blanc-crme; armes et got trs malts (trop; petit got dsagrable ensuite; bire trop douce avec trop dalcool

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
Sample at Bishops Arms, Jnkping. Clear golden/amber beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, citrus, grapes, biscuits, some toffee. Malty fruity flavor, caramel, grapes, biscuits, slightly spicy. Kinda ordinary english ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oleg85 (177) - Yaroslavl, RUSSIA - FEB 3, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2016 Bought as 1698 Kentish Strong Ale. L: Pours clear tea-like color (oh, its called auburn) with a lot of small bubbles rising. Head is 3 fingers tall but its not thick enough and disappears in few seconds without any lacing. S: Sweet, hoppy, caramel. T: Faint hoppy taste, some malts in aftertaste, bitternes 40-45 IBU I think. F: Light to medium-bodied, not crispy enough. O: Its quite drinkable but for me its just ordinary ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear deep golden pour. Aroma of slightly spicy hops, some licorice and quite malty. Flavor is sweet spicy malts, nice full body, decent balance. Quite bitter finish. Simple and well drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (1591) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle; pours clear amber with a white head; aroma of caramel and malt; taste is caramel, bread, and a hint of fruit; finish is dry with a bit of bitterness; okay

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aragh (248) - POLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Kolor bursztynowy, obwdka średniopęcherzykowej piany. Zapach słodki, owocowy z nutą toffi. W smaku słodkie z wyraźną kwaśnością, owoce leśne i tropikalne, karmel, chleb, średnio-niska gorycz ziołowo-alkoholowa, posmak trochę winny. Nasycenie wysokie.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (4900) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Bottles from Tesco and Asda. Amber coloured with a floral and peppery hop flavour followed by marzipan notes on the finish. Very Nice.


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