Spooks Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-28-2011

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.50

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, metallic, caramel, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and woody hops. There is also a bit of a metallic/plastic type flavour and some light biscuit/chocolate.

Overall - Something about the taste is a little off, but it is still a fairly decent beer. If you like malty biscuity type beers give this a shot. I don't taste the citrusy hops advertised on the bottle though. Not something I'd pick up again.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bark
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is clear, the colour red-amber (25 EBC). The finger thick off-white head is compact. It sinks slowly leaving very little lacing.

The strong smell got malty notes of caramel, biscuits, hay, sweet malt, dried apples and apricots. Some toffee and cream candy.

The taste is dry and malty with some red berries. Clan bitter flavours. Lightly roasted flavours, nuts and mild spices. Biscuits and hints of müsli. Medium body. The aftertaste is malty with a slowly growing flowery and somewhat chemical bitterness. More nuts and a mild sweetness. The finish is quite bitter with dry caramel flavours.

The carbonation is strong, the many fresh bubbles mid-sized. The liquid is dry.

A very malty brew with lots of caramel malt. Some off-flavours in the bitterness lowers the rating a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear dark brown amber, a warm off-white head, good lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling mostly butter, a metallic hint.

Butter, butter scotch, dark bread, orange marmalade peel.

Little carbonation, soft with a medium body, a dry finish.

Not spooky, no trick, no real treat.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediate rip raw red nose in the bottle this effortlessly gives a dense smooth half inch very light magnolia head. Dark hazy loudy reddish brown colour with lines of orangy sparkle.

Lips to liquid you're initiallly hit by the scenty of light smoke followed by a firm dry earthy light but sweet citric juice. INteresting array of flavours though they don't quite merge as effortlessly as they could. Ends with a nice lightly malty smoothness.

A litte bit haunty and about as frightening as an episode of Scooby Doo.

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3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Brewed for Halloween - better late than never! Label mentions a blend of three malts and citrus hops.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy off-white foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of roasted malt; plenty of burnt grain and hints of coffee, with bready undertones. No hops to speak of.

Tastes of roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of coffee accompanied by faint cocoa and caramel. A whisper of citrus. Stewed hops upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is rather thin with prickly carbonation. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Actually, the flavour is pretty good for one of Shepherd Neame's seasonals. Plenty of roasted malt with a nice bitter finish. The citrus notes are exceptionally faint though, and the mouthfeel is watery - could be thicker and creamier for a winter ale. Still, not a bad effort.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml Brown bottle, best before Aug 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard in Oct 2011.

Looks really good, lovely red hue to its chestnut brown body a full, deep slighlty off-white head sat on top.

Hops in the aroma, was expecting a maltier smell because of the colour: the rear label does mention 'a particularly fruity hop' being added at four different stages of the brewing process. That'll be the reason I could smell a citrusy hop presence then!

The taste however is maltier than the hops, with a roasted biscuity, toasted brown bread feel to it. There is a sharper, bitter finish after the initial malt taste, those hop obviously finding their feet towards the end of the gulps I was taking.

I was hoping for a more creamy, richer body to be honest, but it wasn't a bad beer in any way, just not as smooth as I'd hoped for.

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Spooks Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 40 ratings