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


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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A classic beer of true quality, Spooks Ale is characterised by its huge biscuity malt palate, derived from three traditional roasted barley malts used in this brew, giving a glorious deep red hue. The excitingly complex malty flavours are wonderfully balanced by a huge citrusy, hoppy bitterness and aroma from a particularly fruity hop added at four stages in the brewing process.

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harrisoni (19165) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle from Morrisons and drunk at home; Chestnut colour, lasting beige head. Light Sheps house yeast aroma, with some sweet fruity malts. In the mouth, there is some malt. A little light cocoa. Bit thin on the swallow. Some hops, but mostly bitterness rather than flavour. Some almost burnt malt. Toffee. Dryness. Ok. A little thin on the back end.

mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
[7199-20150425] Bottle. Biscuit bready grains aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Toasted grains and breadcrumbs and biscuit malt flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0

jamaty (2232) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2015
Morena rubi. Espuma normal, dos dedos poco duradera. Aroma malteado. Sabor continúa el aroma, algo mas frutal pero sin acabar de hacerse, con un regusto al fondo del paladar poco agradable.

redders1974 (1578) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Another winner from The usually reliable Shepard name, would have sworn this was a porter if I’d been blind folded on first taste opens up to become smokey bready and some fruit plum? Decent bottle from b and m

Metalchopz (3474) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
Pours a deep rich amber colour with a frothy warm cap, good retention and creamy lacing. Lots of fruits starting with red apples, then going into some darker ones like prunes, dates to show the caramel base. Fruity malt flavours found in a red ale with some decent hops in the finish. Lightly dry. Not sure about the Ghost Brew thing, as I would prefer a pumpkin beer for this, but overall a very nice ESB with nice grassy notes.

jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
2015-04-25. Dark mahogany brown body, nice foamy beige head fades. 3+ Nice malty aroma has a melange of English malts with notes of toffee, biscuity toasty malt. 7+ Flavour is on the dry side despite being malt forward. Sweet toffee and caramel in the middle. Mild bitterness. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. It does what it was trying to do rather nicely, a solid take on the style, but it’s not necessarily something I would personally comeback to often. Decent. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto.

Stuu666 (14563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours reddish amber, nose is malty, caramel, taste is rich, fruity, dry.

fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, Gustav Adolf Torg
Beautiful color, dark amber with red reflex, but small head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, light feet. Lean mouthfeel, roasted malt flavor, too dry and too ashy for me. Correct bitterness. Disturbing character of burnt malts in the end.
As said, too ashy.

Beese (3064) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear, deep amber with a thin off white head. Aroma was malt dominated, with some berries and that SN cream soda note. Dried fruit in the flavour, with toffee and grassy hop. Finish was copper, flat malt and straw.

Eructoblaster (4329) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle - 500ml. Brown body with average carbonation and a thin off-white foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with some grown sugar and biscuity hints. Its robust taste is slightly dominated by hoppy flavors. It carries woody, spicy, and brown sugar notes. Ends with a long, strong bitter finish. Enjoyable everyday Bitter.

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