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

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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles. Made between October and March.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007
Rich ruby coloured beer, almost red in bright light. Complex fruity nose with hints of candy. Luscious and full bodied, with a powerful mouth-coating flavour leading to a bittersweet, vinous finish.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale ale malt and crystal malt with Young’s unique cane sugar mix added to the copper with Fuggle and Golding hops.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - DEC 18, 2001
strong brown ale. nice red, brown colour. nutty aroma. smooth and a little sweet. lightly spiced. not enough punch to work as a winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingevara (795) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2001
Round, smooth, rich in aroma but a little bit too mild.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2001
Sweet coffee aroma. Mild coffee taste with a bitter finish. Not a bad beer (no offensive flavors) but way too light-bodied and lacking richness and complexity for something described as a ’winter warmer.’

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 29, 2001
As others have found, it left me wondering, ’where’s the warmth?’ Distinctive Young’s yeast nose.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joet (2156) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 22, 2001
Some carmel and candy, medium body, tannic bitter, some ’pill’ flavors. ’Tasty’ but not exceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2170) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2001
Sampled 2001- Much more body this year. Very heavy in the toasted malt department. I have never thought this beer was particularly ’warming’. Maybe if you drink it next to the fireplace.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2001
Rancid fruit, mop buckets. Would rather be cold this winter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2001
At first, a nice malty flavor. The beer finishes a bit flat with a untypical bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2000

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2000
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 My sampling was a 16oz bottle, and I'd have to say I didn't care much for this beer. Not malty enough for a winter warmer, and not particularly warming. Update: I left the old comments above in the new rating, because my notes were similar: "not especially warming". This has a nice enough light caramel flavor with herbal or medicinal flavors in addition, leading to a (inappropriate, IMO) dry finish. Hint of cold coffee and bitter chocolate. I'd prefer a maltier concoction for a "winter warmer"


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