1698 Kentish Strong Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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1698 Kentish Strong Ale1698 Kentish Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by dwheeler:
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2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very elegant looking bottle, but an English ale in a clear bottle just seems wrong!

Light golden colour in my glass, nice white head with nice lace.

Aroma is light, slightly spicy, but not much there.

Taste is hard to define, it is bitter/sweet, but these sensations seem to clash some-how. Sweetness is biscuity, but the hops are a little harsh and mess up the mix. Light body with that rough bitterness aftertaste. Not a bad beer, just not my cup of tea! Left me dreaming of the Landlord PA I had just finished, mmm.

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Photo of ricke
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden copper color with a medium-sized white head that leaves small lacings.

S: A light smell of malts, fudge, butterscotch, leafy hops and vegetables. Very faint floral note. Not very pleasant.

T: The taste is somewhat sweet and malty with notes of butterscotch, earth, leaves, vegetables and some hops. Perhaps a fruity note or two. The finish is mildly bitter with faint notes of hops and sweetish alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium level of carbonation.

D: Boring and pointless with a rather bad composition. I can't get around the strange aromas of leaves and and vegetables.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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 jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Described on the label as a bottle-conditioned Kentish strong ale, while a blob of yeast is visible inside. Brewed to celebrate the brewery's foundation in 1698.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a small head of frothy off-white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with hints of caramel, roasted grain, dried fruit, stewed hops and booze.

Tastes of sweet malt with a subtle roasted character and dry bitterness. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, yeast, grain, faint spice and stewed leaves/veg. A warming hint of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and astringent. Body seems a tad thin for it's strength. Aftertaste of malt and stewed leaves.

Palatable, but no masterpiece. There's quite a range of flavours going on, however the sweetness and stewed hop character are too dominant. Would benefit from a reduction of the overcooked hops in favour of a late addition for aroma, and perhaps more distinct roasted malt flavour. I might have this again if the price is right, but there are better strong ales out there.

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Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was OK, but i guess its not my kind of beer, malty and a bit sticky, also a bit of a syruppy mouthfeel, which i didn't particularly like, quite complex though.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 sebastian577
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rostencrantz
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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 Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Harkrank
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Olegophren
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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 BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed. For a stong English ale, it fell well short. Light in colour, not straw blond, but almost that light. Putting it in a see through glass bottle didn't help to excite me either.

It poured well enough, and produced a good head, which soon disappeared, I might have had the beer too cold though!

It did not have the tang of a beer at 6.5% and no real flavours came out and hit my tastebuds, the aroma was also weak.

I will try another in a month or so, if the second is better, I will edit this review. I hope the temp, I drank it at is the reason for the low scores. I normally like the beers from Sheperd Neame, although they are normally draught products.

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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 eric5bellies
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper colour with a decent White head that retains well.

S - Very pronounced Nutmeg and Spice with Toffee.

T - Up front some nice caramel flavoured malt, followed by some spice and a little tobacco. The finish is spicey and bitter.

M - Medium body with minimal carbonation

O - Really liked this one. Aromas are very pronounced and plenty on offer with the taste

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

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

Bottle conditioned. Clear amber. Thin frothy head.
Richly balanced aroma of hops and malt....
that continues into the flavour. Toffee present. The sweet malt distinguishes itself.
Medium body. Soft carbonation due to the conditioning.

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

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

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1698 Kentish Strong Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 91 ratings