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


on tap

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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
A best bitter.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggle and Golding hops.
Abv reduced from 4.6% to 4.5% in 2005.
"Amber in colour, Young’s Special has a fruity, slightly estery nose with a good hop aroma and full round flavour, a fine balance between malt and hops."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
King_Tut (2) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
My favorite real ale and probably my favorite beer in the world. This traditional well crafted ale is only availabe in Southeast England, mainly the London area. If visiting London, you must try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkam (409) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
On tap. Pours clean amber with a white head. In taste and aroma it is a normal bitter - malt, caramel, hints of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vladivostok (452) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
In the seventies, this used to have a reputation out of all proportion to its actual qualities. Those ’in the know’ always drank Ordinary. Since then it has been through the meat-grinder finally arriving 40 miles up country at the charmless Bedford production facility. Always rather thin for its gravity, it has never had much aroma. Medium bitter, the over-riding flavour is of hedgerow fruits with little of the toffee/caramel often encountered in mid-gravity bitters. Reasonable bitter finish though.Hardly a favourite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Cask at JDW Square Peg; clear light amber pour with a creamy off white head, fruity aroma, taste has sweet caramel, some malts a hint of fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (7837) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at the Assembly Rooms, Solihull. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is light malt. The flavour is light bitter witn a light, slightly watery, light hop bitter palate. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Doesn’t really inspire me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
edsspoon (871) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Cask - amber with a bubbly white head. Aroma of malt and toast. Taste of malts, grass, a little yeast, hints of toastiness, fruit and chocolate. Medium body. Bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
How: Cask.
Where: Brew Wharf, London.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Hops, malt, grass.
Body: Light body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, some fruit, hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
Cask @ Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market EC3. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Cask at the moon under water Watford. Light amber copper coloured pour with a lasting cream dense head. Aroma is mineral, caramel, candy sugar, berry and some seaweed. Flavour is caramel, sweet unrefined sugars, some berry and touch of spicy hop. Altogether unrememberable and bland. Palate is quite sweet, lowish cask condition. Finish has some sweet stale notes that are in compelling. Bored!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Cask at the Dial Arch, Woolwich. I remember drinking a lot of this back in the early 90’s and I’m sure the strength was higher. It certainly doesn’t appear as robust and flavoursome as it once was. Anyway, it pours amber with an off-white head. Aromas of toffee malt and fruit. Dark fruit and toffee flavours. Not as good as I remember it unfortunately.

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