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


on tap


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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles. Made between October and March.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown body with lovely dense light brown head. Fruity, sour berries, chocolate, soft and medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown/reddish with a lacing tan head. Mild malt and spiced hops aroma. Solid malt base, caramel and toffee. Distinct hops spiced flavour on top. Subdued fruit note. Dry hoppy finish with a continued spiced note.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2003
A very dark amber beer with a very fine head. It has a light fruity aroma. The flavor is smooth powerful and very nice, it contains fruit, wood and roast notes - and ends on a powerful bitterness - really a good winter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2005
Draft at Ølbaren. Clear red brown coloured with a small yellow head. Aroma of malts, caramel and hops. Flavour of malts, caramel and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Draught. Ruby red colour, big creamy beige head. Vegetables in aroma, weak hints of caramel too. Strong flavour of barnyardish malts and hops. Total crap from youngs, if it really should taste like this. Might be tap or the beer was spoiled too, must re-rate at some occasion at some other place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Clear, warm, orangey brown with a creamy, beige head. A little fruit and nuttiness in the aroma. Medium body with sweetish roasted malt, nuts and perhaps a little dried fruits. Ends lightly bitter. A nice and quaffable ale with a whiff of personality. 140308

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23430) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2002
Chestnut brown. Nicely, malty, toffee and sugar flavour, sweetish. Slightly bitter finish. Overall a good winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
Dark ruby colour with a tan head. Aroma of caramel and malt and some fruitiness. Malty warming flavor with some hints of caramel. Has some hints of bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Cask Conditioned, 2003-11-27, 6-3-7-4-14
Deep amber color. Malty, hoppy, grassy. Smooth, light sweetness, very good malt, a lot of soft caramel, grassy, with a strong bitterness arising at the end. A smooth Bitter, softer.

Bottle, 2003-03-05, 4-4-3-3-13
Ruby color, beautiful creamy head. Light aroma. Better taste, quite structured, with some malt and ending with a correct bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2003
Ruby/amber color. Nice off-white head. Has a rather weak aroma, a little burned. Flavor is some cocoa, finish is bitter and dry. A little thin but with anice lacing.

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