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Youngs Christmas Ale (Cask)

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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - December.
NOTE: Only ratings for the cask version of Christmas Ale should be posted here. The pasteurised, bottled version is marketed as John Youngs Christmas Ale and has a separate listing (and is a different beer to Christmas Pudding Ale).
If you were looking for a great English ale to accompany the season's festivities - look no further than Young's Christmas Ale. Brewed using the finest ingredients this flavourful Christmas Ale is perfect for all your celebrations.
A splendid accompaniment to a traditional Christmas celebration or fireside gathering.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4376) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Cask at the Waterfront, Battersea at a stated ABV of 4.5% and labelled as "Jo Jolly". A mid-amber colour, sweet biscuity malt taste, with a touch of honey; and some gentle leafy hops. Pleasant enough, but not particularly Christmasy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (297) - - DEC 23, 2013
Very mild aroma. Slightly cloudy golden amber. Surprisingly honey tasting. Sweet with pleasant aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Cask at The White Horse (EC2A), London. Labeled as ’Young’s White Horse Christmas Ale’ at 4.8% ABV. Pours copper-brown with a fine, creamy head. Toasty malts, some bread, berries, mild bitter leaves. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Moderately dry to finish, with toasty bread, crunchy leaves, modest dry caramel, more berries. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Cask at the Alexandra, Wimbledon, 14th Dec 2010. Branded as "The Alex Christmas Ale" and labelled as 4.8%. Light brown/coppery colour with a little magnolia head. Malty standard best bitter. Solid and unspectacular. Drinkable enough.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2010
Biscuity, somewhat dry with a hint of fruit. Decent balance, nice enough session beer but nothing special.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
imdownthepub (9953) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Brown amber with sudsy head. Blimey this was a bit rough, old tired and Spooned to death. It was a mish mash of vegetable, boiled sprouts and line cleaner / detergent type notes. Yuk.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
Counting house. Aroma is biscuity malts, fruity and grassy hops, some citrus/orange peel character adding depth. Taste is similar, full and noit really for session drinking, but a very nice pint all the same. No sign of spice apart from the orange peel character?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
Cask conditioned @ FILO Hastings. I think this is my first cask youngs beer from Bedford. No acidic twang as in the FILO beers which confirmed my suspicion it was the house character and not the condition of the beers. Malty with nuts and toffee and sulphur on the nose. Lacks distinct flavours of bottle partly due to the sulphur overiding these and mellowing it out. On the whole and fairly pleasant and quite drinkable beer,.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Cask at The Ship in Whitstable. There’s plenty of creamy full-fat butter and seasonal fruit oozing out of this beer, which tastes like someone’s sprinkled some custard powder in it for good measure. Silky mouthfeel. Too rich to drink much of, with probably more calories than a McDonald’s QuarterPounder with extra cheese (and cheese dressing).

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Not positive I’m adding this to the right place, but the picture of the tap handle looks right, and there isn’t a listing for this under Wells & Youngs. Cask, King’s Arms, Oxford. It’s listed as 4.3% abv here. Copper with a nice soapy layer of creamy white. Farmy sulfur/hay aroma, a touch of cinnamon, a wholesome bready character. Sulfur and a substantial toasty bread flavor. Good substance to the palate. A nice ESB for the most part. The sulfur in aroma and flavor hurt things a little bit for me, but still an enjoyable pint.

This tastes like a Wells beer to me. It is solid and made with good craft--I’m just not a fan of the Wells yeast character.


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