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Spooks Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BA SCORE
79
okay

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-28-2011)
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Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediate rip raw red nose in the bottle this effortlessly gives a dense smooth half inch very light magnolia head. Dark hazy loudy reddish brown colour with lines of orangy sparkle.

Lips to liquid you're initiallly hit by the scenty of light smoke followed by a firm dry earthy light but sweet citric juice. INteresting array of flavours though they don't quite merge as effortlessly as they could. Ends with a nice lightly malty smoothness.

A litte bit haunty and about as frightening as an episode of Scooby Doo.

Zimbo, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Brewed for Halloween - better late than never! Label mentions a blend of three malts and citrus hops.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy off-white foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of roasted malt; plenty of burnt grain and hints of coffee, with bready undertones. No hops to speak of.

Tastes of roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of coffee accompanied by faint cocoa and caramel. A whisper of citrus. Stewed hops upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is rather thin with prickly carbonation. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Actually, the flavour is pretty good for one of Shepherd Neame's seasonals. Plenty of roasted malt with a nice bitter finish. The citrus notes are exceptionally faint though, and the mouthfeel is watery - could be thicker and creamier for a winter ale. Still, not a bad effort.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml Brown bottle, best before Aug 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard in Oct 2011.

Looks really good, lovely red hue to its chestnut brown body a full, deep slighlty off-white head sat on top.

Hops in the aroma, was expecting a maltier smell because of the colour: the rear label does mention 'a particularly fruity hop' being added at four different stages of the brewing process. That'll be the reason I could smell a citrusy hop presence then!

The taste however is maltier than the hops, with a roasted biscuity, toasted brown bread feel to it. There is a sharper, bitter finish after the initial malt taste, those hop obviously finding their feet towards the end of the gulps I was taking.

I was hoping for a more creamy, richer body to be honest, but it wasn't a bad beer in any way, just not as smooth as I'd hoped for.

BlackHaddock, Oct 28, 2011
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Spooks Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.