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


on tap

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular.
A best bitter.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2006
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (7160) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2013
The Malt Shovel, Dartford, Kent, 20/04/13. Mid-amber blandness, frothy white top. Watery orange, aniseed, caramel. Hint of mist, smear of tang. Neutral, soft, nothing-y.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cristobal37 (263) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Malty sweet bitter. It reminded me of New Belgium’s Fat Tire, only it tasted better. Off the cask it retained the rounded flavor, but with less bubbles it was, in fact, more enjoyable. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2076) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 28, 2013
Cask @ JDW Inverness [270313]
Amber, clear, thin white head, some lacing
Aroma of light ffruits, soft sweet caramel
Taste of soft fruits, soft caramel malts, light bitter hops, hint of honey, touch of toasted malts, bit of bread
Palate - Medium body, fairly oily, some sweet malts in there with a light hop bitterness. Finish as main flavour, slight hint of biscuit, bit oily
Overall - Average brown bitter, not too bad, better than expected, but I wouldn’t call it special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Osprey87 (1625) - WALES - MAR 21, 2013
Jan 2013 - draught. Mild, malty British beer. Not very ’special’ by all accounts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (3788) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
Golden ale with a medium to heavy bitterness, but a very pleasant one. Easily a session ale. Has a small head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (233) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2013
Cask. Pours with a dark amber colour with a smooth creamy head. Taste is malt dominated and very smooth. Head retains well and laces well. Very nice ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SarkyNorthener (1882) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Cask@moonunderwater, Wolverhampton. Amber beer with medium sized head. Malty aroma. Taste is malts, grain and hops. Bog standard, not special at all. A disapointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2889) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
Cask in calthorpe arms
Pale amber with slight butterscotch on nose. Light biscuit malt and fairly full mouthfeel. Sweet with lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (8392) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew Green - 24/11/12 (In memory of Simon Owen - RIP). Clear dark amber with a very thin off white head that soon clears to the edges and forms a small film. Nose is dark malts, dried fruits. Tastes of prunes, dark fruit flavours, dates, dark sugars, toffee, bread. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Cask @ The Britannia. The pour’s medium amber with a small white head. It’s pretty much textbook in appearance. The nose is sweet biscuit, a bit of caramel, toasted leaf, mild grain. The taste is more toasted leaf hoppiness, brown bread, crystal malt caramel, light grain, soft bitterness on the finish. Slightly earthy. Soft, medium body. Overall, this is an old school bitter done well. Nice.

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