1698 Kentish Strong Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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3.62/5
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92 Ratings
1698 Kentish Strong Ale1698 Kentish Strong Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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:
#34,265
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
92
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - once again, it's not often that we see new offerings from the UK around here.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy ecru head, which leaves some random splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as things quickly evaporate.

It smells of grainy and biscuity caramel malt, a lesser toffee sweetness, some indistinct bruised pome fruitiness, and plain earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery cereal malt, biscuity toffee, baked red apples, overripe pears, a bit of black peppercorn spice, some faint minerality, and more understated leafy, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of coy hop astringency maybe not following the social norms at this point in the game. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt directing the lingering revue.

Overall - this comes across as an affable enough version of the style, very English in its bearing (duh). At any rate, it's quite flavourful, and easy to put back, with zero sign of the extra (in North America, anyways) one and a half points of the ol' wowee sauce. Give it a shot, is my two cents' worth.

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Photo of Wowo64
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersnake1
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Osmonavt
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhart96
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beer_bottle
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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%
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 +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 123321123321
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Macamah
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chinakalva
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Anze
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NightINgale
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leginsh
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FCox143
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rggggr
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oleg85
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -2.8%
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 -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foley67
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1698 Kentish Strong Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 92 ratings