1698 Kentish Strong Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

1698 Kentish Strong Ale1698 Kentish Strong Ale
BA SCORE
44.7%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 85 ratings
1698 Kentish Strong Ale1698 Kentish Strong Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom
shepherd-neame.co.uk

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,084
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
85
Liked:
38
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
14.4%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of robotiks
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Should I say this is a quite typical ESB? Although not as good as Fullers' ESB, Shepherd's Neame always feels to lack something imho - had the same impression with their other ales that I had as before.
It starts as a decent strong ale, full bodied, nice, round and malty - and then all of a sudden this body disappears, all the maltiness is gone and only bitter water remains...
Don't get me wrong, I don't intend to bash this beer but I'm a bit lost when having to evaluate it: the first 50% is good, the latter is poor. A proper beer but somehow uncertain in its taste.
A postscript: having it almost lukewarm makes it evenly bitter and malty but disgustingly warm at the same time. Is it the way it is supposed to be drank?
Not bad but not that good either.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Lidl. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Narcos 2x07. Nice english hops bitterness with toffee notes and a nice sweetness. Very drinkable and, at 0.99€ as I bought it, its just an absolute gift

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Photo of igl
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 123321123321
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Macamah
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chinakalva
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of killcore
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anze
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NightINgale
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leginsh
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FCox143
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rggggr
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oleg85
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bought as 1698 Kentish Strong Ale.
L: Pours clear tea-like color (oh, it's called auburn) with a lot of small bubbles rising. Head is 3 fingers tall but it's not thick enough and disappears in few seconds without any lacing.
S: Sweet, hoppy, caramel.
T: Faint hoppy taste, some malts in aftertaste, bitternes 40-45 IBU I think.
F: Light to medium-bodied, not crispy enough.
O: It's quite drinkable but for me it's just ordinary ale.

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Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a thick off-white head with good retention at first and leaving laces.
Light aroma of English earthy and tangy hops, some toffee, mild cocoa, nuts and dry fruits.
Flavor with notes of English tangy and earthy hops, apple juice, dry fruits, biscuit, vanilla, some resin, plums, oxidized oranges, caramels and tea bags. It took me a while to pick one key note that was missing, which was licorice. I am more used to feel it on dark beers. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Lighter body than expected with good carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is well hidden, not really warming.
This is a hoppy English Strong Ale with its own character and good amplitude of complexity.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foley67
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of knot
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmaggot
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Fizzy pale tea like colouration to this one with a big but sadly short lived head head of rocky foam. But there is decent sticky lace left in the glass.

Smell - Very nice aroma profile. Biscuit and fruit like a plum and apple crumble, there is light woody hop presence and some lightly floral hop tones.

Taste - Nicely bitter and hoppy. There is a mild boozy edge and a soft fruity element with biscuit so that the taste is a milder version of the aroma. In some ways this beer is like the Bishops finger but as it lacks the deep complexity of the malt from the Bishops and has a stronger boozy edge that detracts from the other flavous slightly I'd have to say the 'Finger' is better. That said this is still very good.

Mouth Feel - Smooth and astringent with a nice drying finish.

Overall - A good beer by any stretch but I still feel that the Spitfire and Bishops Finger are both better examples of their style. That said this is a very drinkable number and the boozy may of set the other flavous but it does not become solvent like or nasty so this beer is definitely good and worth a drink.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Olegophren
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Or its nostalgy for good times in Flirenze, where I have this lad for the first time, or just my alcoholism, but I found Sheoherd's neame interesting bitter fruity beer.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice prickly ginger quality. Bitter sweet with a soft fruity confectionary flavour, like strawberry chews. Very nice.

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1698 Kentish Strong Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 44.7% out of 100 with 85 ratings
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