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


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (328) - CROATIA - FEB 16, 2016
Pours clear amber color with medium white head. Smell is malts, yeast, caramel and a bit of hops. Medium to full body with soft but prickly carbonation. Slightly oily texture. Taste is mostly bitter with notes of sweetness to it, which is nice, but in this style Id actually prefer it the other way around. Aroma of malts, caramel, bread, toffee. Slightly spicy with notes of ginger and cinnamon. Really nice and complex. Finish is dry and bitter with obvious presence of alcohol burn. Overall, nicely balanced seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (832) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Last of the Christmas beers my brother bought for me - thanks Rob. Looks like a strong English ale should - clear, dark amber with a dash of white head. Medium body and just carbonated enough. Smells like a good dark Christmas cake. Plenty in the flavour - sultanas, prunes, molasses, slight pepper and some dried apricot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanCrusher (1022) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle 0,50L. Clear amber color without any visible carbonation and small, long lasting, creamy, light brown head. Aroma of dried fruits and caramel with a touch of cinnamon. Taste starts light to medium sweet with caramel and almond, but at the end it gets bitter with a touch of ginger. Medium to full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. It warms up a little...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (3288) - SPAIN - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, Espaa. A: Amber / Ambar. T/S: Malt, caramel, sweet, slightly bitter / Malta, caramelo, dulce, ligeramente amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
einherjar (309) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JAN 1, 2016
Amber color with medium beige head. Aroma of hops, spices and dried fruits. Taste caramel, alcohol warm, harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paladares (207) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2016
Botella. Color a whisky con carcter. Aroma a pasas, pera y algo de madera. En boca destaca el punto de fruto amargo con algo de tabaco y amargor. Sin duda para acabar una buena comida. En todo caso, ms aroma que sabor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elosop (349) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Mahognybrun med fint skum. Doften torr, lite russin och toff. Smaken frst st, honung och farinsocker. Drefter kommer torr beska och maltstma i eftersmaken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2015
500 ml bottle split with my dad. Dark brownish pour with a frothy head. Notes of crackers, malty sweet, caramel, prunes and some light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6857) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2015
500ml bottle [thanx-mas bartlebier for this one!]. Clear amber colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Malty aroma with hints of dried fruit, dried apricot, raisin, a woody touch, some vanilla. Taste is mellow malty, dry hints of leather, a tannic and woody touch, cautious hints of vanilla, a touch of fresh and dried apricot, raisin; (non-alcoholic, non-biting) cognac notes in the finish. Quite complex, but the flavours remain in a state of intimation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (2035) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2015
Color whisky, clara. Escasa espuma. Aroma a barrica y licor, madera y pera. dulce y agradable. En boca entra muy bien, pero le falta cuerpo. Confirma los aromas en el sabor, en un tono general dulce y licrico bastante agradable. Final mas amargo.

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