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


on tap

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and cans.
Young’s brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
With its fresh natural taste, delightfully smooth palate, full rounded flavour and great hop aroma, no wonder its Special.
100% malt brew: Marris Otter and crystal malt with Fuggle and Goldings hop creates a satisfying rounded pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (2590) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Aroma: floral hops, light bread malts. Appearance: dark clear gold, hardly any head. Taste: light sweetness. Palate: bitters coming up, average-long finish, flat carbonation. Overall: OK ESB, lacks complexity in both aroma and palate. Pint at Coach & Horses, Barnes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3684) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 18, 2012
barnyard, floral, hay, bubblegum, amber, sparkling, white foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, heavily sour, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (14581) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
Angenehm würzig-süßer Geruch. Herb-würziger Antrunk, der Hauptteil liegt aber auf der starken Hopfigkeit, die mit leicht biterem Ton auch im Mittelteil weitergeht. Hier stößt eine leichte Röstmalzigkeit hinzu, die aber von der bleibenden Hopfigkeit überboten wird. Im Nachgeschmack klingt diese ab und macht Platz für die leichte Würzigkeit und der anschließenden Bitterkeit. Test vom 5.6.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 11,9,9,9,13,9

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (5557) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle, 2002-06-23, Scotland Not good not bad! Fruity flavors with caramel and buttertoffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This malty bitter makes all the ’best of’ lists and proves its worth with the great malt character and subtle carbonation. I can’t believe these guys closed after 170+ years of brewing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good / fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, grape / lemon. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (211207)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Nice maltly backbone. Slight bitterness and some citrus. A very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5936) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Sweet malt with a little hops too. Cloudy orange with small white head. Buttery sweet with pronounced pine and citrus bitterness. Sweet and resiny. Full bodied. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Copper pour with a medium white head and thick lacing. Malty aroma with a strong, bitter hop presence and bit of apple. Crisp hop with a sweeter malt back. Some metal and a bit watery, but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
Malt forward aroma suggests caramel and some toffee with notable butterscotch diacetyl and decent spicy/floral hops. Clear golden copper coloured topped by a shy white head that diminishes to ring. Fruity esters with caramel and toffee notes to the malts and decent, spicy bitterness. Medium-light body is somewhat syrupy in texture with light carbonation. Bottle (sampled Sep-06).

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