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


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RATINGS: 406   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hens (762) - Tallinn, Estonia, - MAR 25, 2013
0,5L bottle. The scents might be stronger. Taste are light. Stronger beer like this might be more strongert flavors and aromas. Because flavors are light comes alco taste up. Little watery and very soft bitterness. I think beer is worth 3 and kind a drinkable.

jorgeheleno (13) - - JAN 6, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2018 Corona media. Baja carbonatación. Color ámbar. Olor frutal y a caramelo. Amargor medio. Sabor maltoso. Dulsor que permanece. Sabor a ciruela. Cuerpo ligero. Cerveza sin recordación.

Grumbo (4264) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

deepdrinker (369) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2017 Amber in colour . Coffee malt caramel aroma , full body ale with great taste

BeardedAvenger (1276) - 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 (1288) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

fugitive (2061) - 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 (16) - 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 (600) - 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 (933) - 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.

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