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


on tap


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RATINGS: 152   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (401) - larkhall, - DEC 6, 2012
biscuits, malt and sweetness all poke through the maltiness in this one. Enjoyed it - for a ’wee seasonal one it was nice and would certainle have again.

john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle. Reddish Amber in colour. Very Malty; chocolate, biscuity malts, caramel, hints of coffee, nuts. Hoppy; earthy and spicy (peppery) hops. Fruity; some citrus fruit. Bittersweet malty chocolate spicy throughout. Dry malty finish. Decent. Very drinkable. (2011-10-18)

Jorn69 (3157) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 201210xx. Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity, malty, caramely.

Cokemonkey11 (879) - - NOV 9, 2015
Official Ghost Brew. Brown bottle, Morrison’s, Aberdeen. Pours medium chestnut translucent with a medium gray head subsiding average. Scent is nothing. Taste is medium light yeast with a slightly bitter ending. Very plain but tasty. Fine.

BeerNinjaUK (466) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours with frothy slightly yellow white head. Dark red brown colour. Aroma of digestive biscuits and mildly sliced. Rich bitter taste without a huge amount to interest. Solid and seasonal.

Halfling_4132 (104) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Aromas- malty coffee, Appearance- clear ruby, golden foam, Taste- Roasted nutty malt, Palate- light bitter lasting finish, Overall- Powerful bitter.

flying_pig (1571) - SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2015
500ml bottle from Morrisons supermarket (£1): Terrible, that’s about all I can say to sum up the taste of this beer really. It started okay when I first poured it, sitting well in the glass but instantly things deteriorated when I smelt and tried the beer with little more than some caramel malts and too much bitterness coming through. The beer was a real struggle to finish and I ended up giving up close to the end, it was that bad.

lokis333 (501) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - OCT 18, 2015
Clear ruby color with small caramel foam. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt. Palete light, medium body but bitter aftertaste/finish. Taste, Roasted malt, nutty. Overall bitter, malty, smoked okayish, not my stile beer but definatly has stronger and lasting taste which is good.

birocotsios (179) - - OCT 1, 2015
Dark red with cream top. Sweet aroma of malts and toffee. Sweet taste with malts, caramel toffee and red fruits.

hawthorne00 (3951) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle, 10C. Copper with a bit of a pink tinge, light beige head. Aroma of redcurrants, plums, biscuity malt. Fair bit of body, lowish carbonation. An intriguing array of fruit and biscuity flavours - redcurrants, cranberries, plums, blood oranges. Moderately bitter and somewhat astringent finish. Pretty engaging drop.

harrisoni (18578) - 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.

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