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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (943) - ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
Cask. Reddish bronze clear ale with a healthy light cream head. Spicy grassy nose with a touch of malt. Much mature in the mouth, with more spiciness and a sold bitter hop. A solid "drinkers" bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goozen (2941) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2012
Cask at GBBF’12, London: Clear amber coloured brew with an slighlty biscuit-like taste and slightly hints of citrus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Half a pint of Special topped off with a bottle of Ram Rod. Honestly I could drink this till the sheep come home!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
Hand pulled pint in The Marquis of Anglesey, a Young’s pub near Covent Garden, London: Oct 2011. Young’s glass, a sleeve: mid-range amber body, white clinging head, typical UK looking bitter: nothing wrong, nothing outstanding. The smell was a mix of biscuity toasted malts and the influence of Fuggles hops. The taste was a good blend of Britsh ingrediants: Fuggles and Goldings being the hop elemnet, Maris Otter and Crystal malts the other main players. The mouthfeel is almost smooth, but some grainy hints prevent that happening, it is after all a bitter and shouldn’t be too soft on the palate. Middle of the road beer for me, nothing ’Special’ about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2012
Cask at the Mitre Lancaster Gate. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Chalky notes. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate. Disapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Cask @ The Mitre. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, hops, fruits, nuts and malt. Very dty and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EdKing (1866) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Cask in The Victoria, Surbiton. Clear chestnut amber, white merangue foam head. Nose is ale fruity, touch of bready yeast. Taste is bready yeasty, ale fruity, with a touch of acidic. Body is light and quite watery. Finish brings out some husky barley grain and more of that bread but it’s a bit watery and hop acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Clear amber, large rocky head. Very sweet floral aroma. Dry pepper, bit ott. Quite watery, thin and flat. Not interesting, but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2408) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2011
Cask, handpump @ The Grove, Exmouth, Devon. Deep copper body, bright as bright. Head a thin sheen of white, dense and well retained. Not all too pleasing aroma of burnt bread and burnt sugar, salty peanuts, pine resin, earth and praline. Heavily salted nuts and peanut skins in the mouth which lingers long on each swallow. Slightly tannic and astringent backend, good level of malts aid it, toasted and roasted , subtly ashen and earthy. Not too much hop presence, subdued bitterness more malt than anything. Quite dry throughout, good firm body. Overall a bit heavy for me, not very sessionable, but it does keep the thirst up!

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