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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 This is a deep, ruby-like, brownish red, with a thick, long lasting head that stays thick to the very end, a common Young’s trait in my experience. The lacing is pretty good, being a little thin but definite and long-lasting. The aroma is malt & toasty bread with sharp fruitiness and a hint of caramel. The taste is rich, full, malty, toasty, sweet, a pronounced, but balanced, crips hoppy bitterness, making it just a tad on the hoppy bitter side for an English ale, but it is perfect here. This is a delicious, extremely satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobBestwick (832) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
hints of cherries in the nose, dark ruby hue, little head disipating quickly, malts and cherries in the taste, sweet and pleasant aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
I really enjoyed this beer. Very flavorful. Fruity. Deep red in color. Well balanced. Rich caramel flavor. Hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2003
truly a winter warmer, with nice spicy tones of cinnemon, and a hoppy aftertaste which keep's you in balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 On draft at a secret, special pub in Buckingham, Pa (Heart of Oak) that poured great in a U.K. pint glass.Nice head, great aroma and color with lots of malt to balance the Young’s traditional over-the-top-hop for England. Nice lace on the glass and the ABV allows me to have 3 and drive home. It ain’t all about the ABV! This is a great seasonal ale that I look foward to every year. Now that the old man has passed, enjoy while you can. Rest in PEACE old man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
achtungpv (255) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2002
Got a few pitchers of this from the Draught Horse in Austin. Stood outside in the cold drinking this. Tasty. Burgundy colored with a creamy tan head. I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doiski (1) - USA - JUN 9, 2003 does not count
Was introduced to this beer at a Youngs pub in London, immediately became one of my local favorites. Beautiful amber color. Soft, nutty, with a caramel sweetness. Medium body compliments the "warm" flavor. Perfect for that typical rainy day in London...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
This beer rocks! Sparkling clear deep mahogany brew. Medium-sized, lightly tanned, everlasting creamy head. Thick, creamy lacing. The aroma holds roasty, chocolate notes with yeast, dark raisins, light molasses and dates. Very malty flavor, but well-balanced with bursts of molasses, honey and prune up front. Excellent, lightly bitter and acetic hop presence on the backside. Reminds me of a good Scottish Ale, my favorite style. Medium-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, astringent finish with overripe, apple-butter-bound apples at the wee end. Damn fine world class brew! Underrated!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12884) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2005
Clear, dark amber / red-brown body with a light brown short lived head. What an amazing colour! Aroma of caramel, roast malt, spices and cherry. Dry, hops dominated flavour with some anise and oak. Thanks to Fuller’s and Young’s for always reminding me that there is moreto life than Belgian beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Probably my favorite Youngs outside of the Double Chocolate Stout. Very hearty aroma and a cloudy dark brown appearance thats spectacular. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Flavor is packed full of a mix of malts and hops. A very nice winter brew.

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