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


on tap

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RATINGS: 989   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Can & bottle: Pasteurised. Nitro keg as Spitfire Smooth.
Premium Kentish Ale.
Originally produced in 1990 as a bottle conditioned 4.7% premium bitter as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.
A full malt and hop flavour with a well balanced and lasting aftertaste.
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IrishBoy (4166) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
500ml bottle brought over by my friend Bjorn! Nose of caramel, flowey hops, and some light raisiny notes; clear reddish copper with a medium off-white head; flavor had typical bitter hops, nuttiness, and caramel. Decent English bitter!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10451) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
Amber with meidum off white head. Aroma is fruity with caramel and hoppy notes. Flavor is fruity with caramel notes and a light bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle (500ml). Poured a deep amber with a creamy, off-white head which was fully lasting. Aroma was malt driven with strong toffee malts, hints of butterscotch and some earthy hops. Taste was quite nutty and malty with more earthy hops, lots of caramel, a decent bitterness and a good biscuity finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, watery texture, dry mouthfeel and a good finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2008
0.5 l bottle. Copper color with small head. Perfumed and candyish english hop aroma with notes of caramel and marmelade like fruitiness. Dryish, biscuity and caramelly flavor with candyish and resiny hops. Dry and crisp bitter finish. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
Appearance: Copper gold, low head Aroma: Biscuity, floral hops, golden syrup, honey, caramel Flavour: Griany and malty, with biscuit and toffee. Finishes dry with a clean lingering hop bitterness. Light fruity fermentation esters ( pear, apple, and some berry) Mouthfeel: Medium bodied prickly carbonation and mineral dryness. Overall: Sweet and malty in the aroma, malty biscuity and dry in the mouth with pear, fermentation easters. Finishes fry and moreish. Nice on all accounts except the clear bottle, hate that.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
500 ml bottle. pours amber with a medium off white head. aromas are barly there but what is there is malty. flavours are sweet caramel malts with a slightly bitter finnish. pretty typical but in no way bad. id buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
Light fruity aroma. Pours a clear copper, thin white head. Light on the malt. Flavour is watery, thin. Metallic finish with light hops. Its getting hard to get excited about any beer coming out of England.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
500ml bottle. Reddish amber appearance with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Flavour is a good balance of caramel, citrus and hop bitterness. Session weight - light and drinkable with a good finish. Stocked widely in the UK, often the only bottled bitter available. I find the small stubby bottles they do in 12 packs very good for barbecues (if you forget where you put your bottle, you dont lose much!) Much better than drinking lager in the summer time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (6270) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2007
500ml bottle. Golden reddish brown body with a fine off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, hops and fruity. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, a bit fruity and a clear bitterness with a hint of roast. Flavor is nice, but not outstanding in any way. Body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2007
Good colour of dark red,looks so good when poured,but oh the head and the beer so sad,little head and as before with another of Shepherd Neame a flat beer,little or no carb.Beer has lovely citric tastes,fresh aroma of floral and malt,citrus hopsbut it is all spoilt by no carbonation.

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