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


on tap

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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cristobal37 (325) - 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 (2391) - 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
The_Osprey (2785) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014

Jan 2013 - Cask at Wetherspoons Putney. Mild, malty British beer. Not very ’special’ by all accounts. (3.1)

Oct 2014 - Cask. Short review at a birthday. Dark orange or light brown, still, small white head leaves light lacing. Body is medium, low carbonation, smooth. Taste is strong malt, light astringency, drying. (3.0)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (5286) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 Cask @ Albert, Hebden Bridge. Copper with a head. Quite malty, but there’s certainly some hops in here too. Quite robust with a bitterness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (282) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - 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 (2717) - West Bromwich (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 (3635) - 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 (11571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (5380) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickhsw19 (2) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012 does not count
I lived in Wandsworth for a few years in the early 1980s so this was the regular beer of choice. More recently, I frequented both The Ram in Hammersmith and The One Tun in Goodge Street. While the beer is fine in both establishments, in the former theres an unfortunate tendency for ’No Special’ and often ’No (Youngs) Bitter’ either. The One Tun still manages to sell the range, but something I’ve noticed since the Wells merger is that while the beer is more consistent, its nowhere near as good.

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