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

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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4561) - Gteborg, - DEC 25, 2012
500 ml bottle courtesy of RoNo. Pours clear amber with a rather small frothy and bubbly goldenish beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, tiny fruity and malty with sweet dark bread, caramel, orange peal, cloves, cookie dough, grass, toffee, dried apricots, dark grapes, vanilla fudge and hints of unripe banana and glue. Taste is sweet, bitter, fruity, malty and very tiny metallic with sweet dark bread, toffee, figs, caramel, orange peal, grass, pine needles, gingerbread, dried apricots, banana bread and hints of cloves and vanilla fudge. Mouthfeel is round, tiny spicy astringent and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with sweet bread, caramel, toffee, orange peal, figs, ginger and pine needles. Quite tasty malty beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (501) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
A dense white head on a clear copper body. The nose has that xmas feel to it - raisins, malt, berries and nuts. A nice job on a Christmas ale. Spice, banana, chewy malt, ripe berries, raisins and dates are all appropriate. Hints of rum, nuts and vanilla add to the mix.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (1106) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
500ml 2016 bottle from the lcbo. Pours a clear, copper caramel with a half finger of off white head that thins to a thick film. Aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, grain, slight dark fruits, and faint spice. Taste is balanced well with notes of caramel, toffee, creamy grain, hints of spice, and a drawn out ending. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Fuller and a bit creamy in the mouth with a dryer finish. Overall tasty English Christmas beer. Cheers!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Psytron (1981) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2016
Smell of malt, caramel, a faint of oak. Copper colour, beige head. Aroma of oak, some spices, overripe fruit, a faint of metal. Sweet. Lively carbon, slightly oily palate. Slightly off balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simontomlinson (42) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2016
Off white creamy head stayed well on a translucent dark auburn coloured still body - looks appetising. Malt & dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body feel, very smooth to the fore & slightly pert on the back. Sweetish on the front with rich dark fruits, brown sugar, dark berries & malt but this fades across the palate to a slightly hoppy back with peach, apricot & tangerine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (3314) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 30, 2016
500ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 30-11-2016.
BBD: not seen.
In short: malty british strong ale.
Pours quite clear dark amber with nice creamy off white head. Moderate head retention, little lacing. Mlaty, bready, little roasty, licorice, nuts nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is smooth, malty, licorice, caramel, little spicy. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ncube (112) - - NOV 29, 2016
Aroma is vinious and fruity with raisin, toffee, and toast. Taste: Body is thinner than I would have liked, but not oversweet, good mildly bitter finish into an herbal vegetal aftertaste. Not my favourite of this style. A little disappointing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marstonlad (787) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours clear brown with a little head that fades away completely quickly. The aroma features sweet maltiness, ripe fruitiness; raisin, fudge and caramel. Taste is medium sweet, malty and fruity, in a ripe way. Flavours of caramel, fudge, raisin, nuts. Simple, not much depth. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth in texture. There are much better British ales around.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dermi (1159) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2016
50 cl, bottled. Pours clear orange with a small white head. Aroma: Hops, malt. Figs. Taste: Dry feel, malty, some hops. Leather. Some bitterness. Palate: Medium body, average carbomation Extremely dry finish. Quite interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ulrikolsen (454) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear cop per with small beige head. Aroma has light malt, biscuit, caramel and is slightly fruity with flowery and grassy hops. Taste is fruity malty with bread, biscuit and caramel and hoppy with grass and flower. Finish is balanced malty and dry with notes of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
erling1000 (628) - - NOV 15, 2016
An english, copper, crystal clear Winter Ale with low head. Aroma is caramel, light toasted malt, light smoke, spice (chili), light prune. Taste is bitter. Light vineous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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