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


on tap

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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 (41314) - 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 (37603) - 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 (32193) - 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 (24774) - 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 (23917) - 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 (22322) - 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 (20883) - 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 (19021) - 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 (17487) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2011
Cask at the White Horse. Clear amber with a soft, white head. Toasty malt nose. Light to medium sweet, nice toast malts, subtle caramel, light herbal bitterness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good balanced finish, faint pine, bready toast, light hops. Not bad.

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