Tapping The Admiral | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Tapping The AdmiralTapping The Admiral

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 03-21-2011

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. The label carries a description of the legend behind this ale's name - the theft of brandy from the barrel that contained Nelson's body as it was being returned home. This tale is probably untrue!

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. An orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. A thin, foamy white head that barely lasts a minute before disappearing. Smells of roasted malt with burnt notes and a distinct toffee sweetness.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt. Mild burnt and woody notes and very distinct overtones of toffee and caramel. The label mentions brandy, although I'm not really detecting any. A dry, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is tingly and smooth, but rather thin and quite astringent. Leaves an aftertaste of sweet roasted malt and toffee.

An OK ale, although the blend of flavours is imperfect. It's a bit too sweet and also rather watery. I'll probably pass on this in the future...

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3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear 500ml bottle (now brewed at 3.8% ABV): best before Dec 2013. Obtained from Lidl (UK).

Poured vigourously into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 1 Mar 2013.

The pour ensured the copper/amber body had a deep and full covering of snowy white foam above it: couldn't get the whole bottle into the glass such was the heads size. Took a while to subside too.

Beery aroma: blend of mixed hops and baked barley with mild biscuity notes.

The taste was crisp, almost sharp and certainly refreshing (I might have cooled it too much): again a blend of flavours, the hops controlling the bitterness nicely with the malts just adding a touch of sweetness.

I've been critical of Sheperd Neame's cheap supermarket brews: but this is OK, better than most of them for sure.

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Photo of BogBoyJD
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of wl0307
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased recently at the Lidl supermarket, coming in a clear 500ml bottle; BB 2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the back label gives a detailed account for the meaning of "Tapping the Admiral", supposedly suggesting that this beer is related to some brandy-cask-ageing during the maturing process...? Also, the back label says the taste is "brandy, sweet, rich". Based on info. as such, I'm rather interested in seeing what these notions of "brandy" have to render to the overall performance.

A: burnished gold in colour, coming with a thin layer of beige foam that settles slowly to a thin cap to last; carbonation remains moderately fizzy, not too lively.
S: sweet pale malts, citric hops like Goldings, plus an intriguing mixture of sweet woodiness (a bit like vanilla-ish oakiness) and milk or buttery candy. Quite different, if not strange.
T: toffee for sure, but it's not balanced with the hop or bitter elements; rather, the flavour is messy, with bits of rough bitter hops here, buttery/toffee-ish malts there, plus dispersed notes of sweet vanilla in between... after these flavour elements settle, the orangey-citric fruity hops linger along with a rough palate in the end.
M&D: not too fizzy, not very smooth; the body is lighter than medium, the flavour is messy. I suppose a traditional brewery like Shepherd Neame, while stepping into the more unconventional terrain to brew a brandy-cask aged ale (which I'm not sure this is), could make some understandable mistakes. If this is truly a brandy-barrel aged ale, then I hope the next experiment would go slightly more smoothly.

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Tapping The Admiral from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.24 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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