Big, thick, rich imperial stout. Nine different malts in the grist, brings a thick brown head with lots of chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruit flavours. Columbus hops bring a balanced assertive bitterness to the table.
Originally brewed to celebrate the tercentenary of Britain`s oldest brewer, 1698 is a characteristically hoppy Kentish ale, and has Protected Geographical Indication, the same unique regional protection afforded to Champagne and Parma Ham.
The ale matures naturally in the bottle and can be enjoyed fresh or allowed to settle for a few months to mellow. The natural effervescence produced by bottle-conditioning – the interaction of yeast and brewing sugars – gives 1698 fine, Champagne-like bubbles that further enhance the fragrance, flavour and overall drinking experience.