Spooks Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

Spooks AleSpooks Ale
BA SCORE
22.5%
Liked This Beer
3.4 w/ 40 Ratings
Spooks AleSpooks Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BlackHaddock on 10-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,723
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
40
Liked:
9
Avg:
3.4/5
pDev:
13.82%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of flyingpig
1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

500ml bottle from Morrisons supermarket (£1):
Terrible, that’s about all I can say to sum up the taste of this beer really. It started okay when I first poured it, sitting well in the glass but instantly things deteriorated when I smelt and tried the beer with little more than some caramel malts and too much bitterness coming through. The beer was a real struggle to finish and I ended up giving up close to the end, it was that bad.

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Photo of mak83
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DamoTO700
4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of vaughtex
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml seasonal bottle picked up and served cold into an Innis & Gunn glass. Purchased for about $4 CDN.

Appearance - dark brown color, slightly hazy with a frothy little wisp on top. A half finger of off white head is poured initially and has decent retention.

Smell - toffee, caramel and Christmas time desserts. Some dates and prunes maybe and a touch of spice. Not the biggest nose out there but certainly improves as it warms.

Taste - toffee, caramel and butterscotch, finished off my a mocha like flavor. Definitely a malt bomb, but not overstated. Moderate but restrained bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light feel, and a slightly spritzy body.

Overall - a good winter warmer with a fine blend of sweets counterbalanced by a coffee bitterness. Definitely worth arty, and this may even be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BGDrock
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: deep, deep amber body, clear and sharp like a jewel; fine head gives way to a film quickly

Aroma: dark caramel and toffee, touch of chocolate, light overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: simple caramel malt flavours and unassertive hops are less exciting than the name suggests, nothing supernatural here; there is a touch of nutmeg; minerally and metallic at times

Overall: pretty to look at, but no real substance; skip it

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Photo of yancot
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry biscuit malt with some light bitter notes. Taste is dominated by dry biscuit malt with light roasted malt notes with some light dry bitter hops notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but a little bit too much toasted malt notes for my taste.

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Photo of TerryW
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Best thing about this beer is how it looks. Clear red chestnut with a fairly substantial and long lived head. Leaves lots of good looking lace. Presents handsomely.

Nose is malty with a whiff of hops. Bread and metal as well. Pretty classic English ale profile, sweet malt followed by bitter hops in quick succession. Drinks gentle and mild overall. However, distractingly metallic character as well.

I'd like this a whole lot more if not for the metal.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Spooks Ale has an absolutely ravishing auburn-amber tone. If People magazine put out an issue of its most beautiful beers, this would certainly make the list. Its clear complexion shimmers like tinsel and while its head is paper-thin it nonetheless envelopes the glass in sudsy cobwebs.

It took some time, but eventually faint notes of clove and assorted spice reach the nose (or maybe I just wished hard enough for it, the aroma started off so painfully plain). Esters also came with warmth and lent subtle cues of orchard fruit. It smells like a classic English ale.

The beer's maltiness has wholesome flavours reminiscent of bread and biscuits, but they're hard to appreciate because of the water's exceptionally high mineral content. There's so much copper taste that you'd think it was fermented in a change jar.

The trace of spice and moderate sweetness aren't enough to distract from the metallic, penny-like flavour. The hard water profile is clipping enough to enhance bitterness and bulks up the weight and muscle. It's quite a substantial pint.

Spooks Ale is a fine ale but tis not the "brew for all hallows". There's nothing particularly autumn appropriate about this recipe; I honestly can't understand why this is billed as a Halloween-time tipple. In that regard, this one is more trick than treat.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Spooks Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 22.5% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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