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%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PalCabral (159) - SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours copper with a slight head that settles as a vail on the beer. Nice looking, very christmasy. The aroma is jackpot: dried fruit, pipe tobacco and chocolate powder, sweetness and spice blended. I have to say, this beer has the most attractive and delicious aroma I have come across. The taste is more in the spicy department, from the hops. The sweetness in shape of dried fruits and chocolate plays supporting actors while the spicy hops strolls across the tongue. This is a truly fantastic beer. I will buy it and have one with my father on xmas eve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thelocaldrunk (4) - Middlewich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
Very nice, good Hartley taste. Nice fruity taste good strong after taste. Reccomrnded for a true drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Bottled 50cl. It pours a beautiful amber beer with nicely remaining tanned head. A lot of amazing tiny bubbles rising fast from the bottom of the glass. It looks like a snowstorm. Earthy hops, berries, caramel and marmite in the aromas - A strong and full nose with hints of melon and wild strawberries. The taste is wonderfully smooth. Hints of hay, melon, bread, caramel and cinnamon. Earthy hops. Medium to full bodied. Decently spicy with Christstollen-like elements. Berries. Nice lacing. Good balance, quite hoppy. The finish is strong with hints of melon... Nice fruity, flowery elements balanced by cinnamon. A pleasant surprise. Rerate: Not quite that good actually....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 1, 2008
Spicy and complex beer. Fruity and nutty character. Roasted malt. Wintery caramel sweet with herbal touch. Appealing dark orange color. Medium and enjoyable carbonation. Lightly dry and hoppy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Aroma: The smell has distinct hoppy, grassy notes., but also some bread, grain and sweetness.
Appearance: The beer has a copper toned amber color, an off-white head that leaves some lacing., and has curtains.
Taste: The taste is initially sweet and malty, sweet newly baked bread, oat cereals with brown sugar and syrup, oranges and garden fruits, a nice round bitterness as the finale.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, lively small bubbles, a good body, smooth and nice texture. A dry finish.
Overall: Shepherd Neame continues to deliver good Christmas Ales.
Note: Serving type: bottle Reviewed 2010-12-22.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 7, 2013
0,5l bottle as Christmas gift! Clear, dark amber color with medium, creamy, pillowy, off-white head. Malty, fruity and a bit spicy aroma, some caramel appears of course. The alcohol can be felt, but doesnt desturb: perfect! Dry, medium bitter taste, pure and mature. Creamy texture, light to medium body, average carbonation. Fruity, grainy, spicy finish. Excellent, well balanced beer. Delicious fruity one. Good choise to the Christmas mood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oelbas (272) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2013
Mørk gylden med holdbart, cremet skum. Duften er ganske tør og præget af ristet malt og humle. Smagen er en smule sødere , men den tørre fornemmelse er der fortsat. Hårdt ristet malt træder tydeligt frem. Bitterheden er ikke så fremtrædende.. Heller ikke i eftersmagen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Appearance: Clear amber with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Raisin, fruity, vinous, floral, candied fruit, pepper, bread, spiritous and note of caramel. Taste: Low/medium sweetness and sourness with medium bitterness. Palate: Thick rough texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, dry, sweet bitter fruity and peppery lingering finish. Comments: Very nice and glass lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 9, 2008
Appearance: copper color. Great head, dense, very lasting and some rocky. Good adherence to glass. Pretty. Aroma: to caramel malts; intensive floral-hoppy and fruits smells like apples, peache, quince and nuts. Roast sugar, butter and old rums reminiscences. Flavor: ephemeral candy malt start, that progress to a ripe and slightly-dry fruitiness similar to stone-peaches, peel-red apple, and candy-orange. Enough nutty. Other reminiscences like butterscotch and toasty almonds. Medium dry-hoppy, floral and very lasting. Some sweet-herbal final touch comparable to camomile. Palate: medium body and slight oily texture. Medium carbonated. For my, a very pleasant beer. Nice lasting hoppyness, fruitiness and nutty taste. Balanced in sweetness, dryness and alcoholic-degree.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2008
bought in lucerne switzerland in the drinks of the world shop at railwaystation reddish glowing copper with a rather quickly dissapearing head smells malty and hoppy and some dried fruit tasts malty hoppy and fruity and some caramel aftertaste has some good bitterness but fruityness too i like it a beerwho has both in it fruityness

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