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

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bottle: Filtered.
Theres a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
Pasteurized bottle copper colour with a thick bubbly off-white thick lasting head. Smells of strong malt, straw, caramel and wood. Herbal elements on top of a classic bitter nose. Medium to full sticky body with soft carbonation. Light roasted malt with an herbal woody caramel centre, cinnamon, raisin, nutmeg. Just a bit on alcohol and warmness lingers. Very Christmasy

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6970) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2012
Clear 500ml bottle, poured into my Old Speckled Hen badged vase shaped pint glass. best before date of Nov 09, drank Sep 09. Clean, clear and bubbley looking, the colour was a deep amber with a slightly off-white head. Spices and hops in the nose, but nothing overly strong that I could find. A hint of nuts too? Good spicey, tangy flavours. Peat fires and smoking jackets come to mind, this isnt a smoked beer though, just my thoughts coming out when I think of Christmas. Brazil nuts and sugared almonds also appeared in my head as I drank down the brew. A true Christmas feel to it, the 7% makes it an even more wintery beer, very drinkable in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Beer in a clear botle, i dont like the taste, more sweet its to bitter, it has a great collor in the glas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
Pours copper with a light beige large and long lasting head. Aroma of caramel, bread, fruits and a faint smokiness. Flavor of caramel and fruits with a nice bitterness, though with an odd background taste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Pours a clear and golden beer with a large offwhite head. The aroma is malt and caramel. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness. Overall an average beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9759) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2012
(bottle) Clear, deep amber colour with a medium-sized off-white foamy head. Slightly bready caramel-malty aroma with notes of liquorice and herbal as well as subtle fruity hops, accompanied by spicy notes as cinnamon in the background. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium bodied with a calm carbonation. Bready malt-character with well-blended spicy herbal hops and a very subtle fruity touch of citrus; moderately sweet toffee-ish finish with present hops. Good. 25.XII.11

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense N, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2012
Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is roasted caramel, toffee and fruit. Flavour is roasted bread, toffee, raisin and light alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ralphdot (1086) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
2009, 7.0%, deep amber with a thin head, fruity hoppy aroma, the taste which is warming, is sweet, fruity, hoppy and slightly caramel, much the same as last years, a good Christmas Ale. I was not able to find the brew for 2010 or 2011.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (5645) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle. Amber body, small off-white top. Nose is caramel, toffee and hints of apricot. Taste is roasty nuts, caramel malts and hints of toffee. Plain and generic, but OK.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10451) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle: Clear, deep reddish-amber coloured, mid-sized off-white head, leaving a little lacework, moderate sweetish-fruity nose, typical, but restrained, "english malt and hop profile; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied, quite soft; lingering fruity and mildly hoppy finish. Good winter-warmer, but not really exciting.....


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