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


on tap

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RATINGS: 177   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
Cask @ The Bridge Hotel, Greenford UB6, London. Clear medium amber color, with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate yeasty and hoppy, friut, toffee, pepper. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
From tap at Wheatsheaf in Stoney Street, London. Pours clear and golden orange with a diminished white head. Roasted maty aroma. Flavour is mild citrusy hoppy with a light toasted breadish base flavour. Light bitter and slight acidic flavour into the finish. Smooth and bitter at once.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (31419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2003
[cask] An amber beer with a small lasting head. The aroma is faint with sweet notes of berries. The flavor is very creamy and sweet with a woody finish - kind of sweet and sour. It has very little bitterness even though it is a bitter but notes of berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (24402) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2009
Cask at Charlies. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel, cookies and hops. Fruity flavour of caramel, grass and hops with notes of citrus. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23653) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2007
Cask. Orangeish copper colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is honey, hops and malts. Flavour is honey, wood, fruits and hops in a quite wellbalanced mix. Big butterish finish though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
Cask at Cask and Barrel, Edinburgh. Amber colour, creamy head. Sweet and somewhat resiny with notes of grass. Light bodied and a bit sugary. Low bitterness. Not the most refined ale in history, but it works.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20419) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
Deep amber, with a little hop in its aroma, strong spicy juicy hop flavour with a bitter linger

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2009
<i>Cask Conditioned at Dirty Dick’s, London</i>
Amber color. There is too much <i>white sugar</i> aroma and flavor, but also some good caramel flavor and a good body; quite strong bitterness. Not impressive, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
Cask handpull at The New Wheatsheaf, Borough. Used to be one of my favourite and from Kent, a bit of a rarity apart from when coming to London. Mid brown colour. Lasting thin head. Its a decent bitter, little bit of watery ness in middle but some decent hop sting on finish. It’s an ok bitter. Good character on aroma, just lacks a bit of malt in mouth. Some biscuit develops.

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