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

bottled
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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
First brewed in 1958 to celebrate the lifting of malt rationing.
Ingredients: Winter pearl barley malt; East Kent Goldings hops.
The name refers to finger-shaped signposts still found in Kent, which once pointed pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.
"Full-bodied with complex fruit flavours."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (41895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
From cask at Charlies. Pours hazy orange with a copperish glare and an off-white head. Light hoppy and mild acidic aroma. Light sweet and mild fruity flavour. Ends with a decent bitterness and light fruity note.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1992) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2008
Cask - Ye Olde Beverlie, Canterbury. The body of this ale is a clear amber colour with a thin and airy off-white head. Fairly sweet caramel malt aromas with floral undertones and a marginal basic hop tone. Flavour-wise, this beer tastes of caramel malts and an earthy hoppiness. A dry, slightly resiny hop finish and a clean, smooth mouthfeel with a light to medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2008
This ale seems to taste of everything - its sweet, lemony, hoppy, malty and burnt in taste, but above all strong - its 5.4% and tastes it. Similar to Neames Autumn Ale Late Red and nearly as good. Man this ale is good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoozyBugger (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2008
Cask at Pig and Whistle Chelmsford Essex. Long lasting head, full toffee and spiced fruit aroma,long taste of dried fruits and oak wood. All in all a very good pint

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2008
Cask at the Olde Market Tavern in Altrincham (near Manchester). Pleasantly surprised, Im a staunch bitter is not my drink man. Nice dark brown/amber colour with a thick white head. Slightly bitter finish with hints of caramel. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2008
A Mes rate: Cask at the Olde Market Tavern.
Rich amber colour with a good white head. Slightly dry aroma with caramel, light spice and some grassy hops. The hops are much more upfront in the mouth. Bitter finish with good length eventually leaving a sweetish aftertaste. One of the better Sheps for sure and in tip top condition at the OMT.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
[635-20070919] Cask @ The Anchor (Hastings, ES). Very mild aroma, not much there. Clear, dark red amber body with a long-lasting creamy white head and super thick lacing. Grainy, grassy hops flavour. Medium body is fairly rough and astringent. Does not blend alcohol that well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 4
Aroma:
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : 1   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : 1 Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 2   Hay : XX   Toasty : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : 1   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : 1
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Spicy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : 2   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 1   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Nicely executed, textbook example, but undistinctive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25723) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2007
[email protected] Amber colour, mediumsized beige bubvbly head. Aroma is fruits, wood, some caramel and toffee. Flavour is wood, toffee, some nectar and bitter fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
Cask Conditioned
Very similar rating to the draught/bottle version, maybe even less interesting flavor, and better palate (lightly aromatic).


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