KnutAlbert (6282) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the seasonal ales from Youngs. Subtle taste - on the opposite end of the scale from the Special London Ale. A bit on the sweet side with a nice nutty finish.
larsga (6335) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin, coarse-laced off-white head on dark red body. Faint sourish aroma of nuts and faint sweet roastiness. Taste is smooth, clean, nutty maltiness; quite bitter. Aftertaste is drily nutty, with hoppy bitterness lingering. Clearly a well-made beer, but rather subdued. (Cask at the Britannia.)
JonMoore (1922) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark ruby coloured with a creamy white head. Fruity aroma. Rich malty, fruity and brown sugar flavour. Full bodied. Very good.
madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Ølbaren: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Fluffy brownish head. Floral, herby and light fresh aroma. Flavour as well is herby and has light caramel notes. Is a bit flat (it has to be, hasn’t it!!!). Is quite fruity in the end. Very bitter notes.
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask : The Ram, Wandsworth. The 2005 brew is not so full bobied as previous years. It still has the burnt caramel undertones, deep red/copper colour and rich malty flavour. I dont have anything else to say about it but it wont let me submit so this is just a bit of ad lib to trick the system it accepting a short review!
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint pulled at The Kings Arms in Wandsworth (London), a dark ruby brown with a frothy head and an aroma with hints of cherries. A richness in the malty flavour and a nice bitterness through the mouth, with an underlying smoothness.
Badowski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew and Ye White Hart, Barnes, Surrey/South London, UK.
This is my favourite beer ever. I was horrified when Young’s "reformulated" their Special Bitter and would have been mortified if they’d changed this masterpiece as well. This year’s offering is as good as it’s ever been. I don’t drink wine or spirits, and what amazes me about this ale is that it seems to be the complete alcoholic beverage. As it develops in the glass it takes on a refined port-like character while having a lovely malty aroma and all at 5%!. The unique toffee/fruit flavours are as good as ever.
Please keep drinking this, chaps, it deserves your support, plus if anyone out there knows how Young’s could be persuaded to start brewing Special Bitter as it was then let me know. Why on earth they changed it is anyone’s guess. At present I’m only visiting their houses when Winter Warmer is around, which, thankfully is for a glorious 4 months.
On a more positive note, Ram Rod and Burton Ale were offered on cask as part of this year’s "Autumn Festival" and both were packed full of flavour and highly recommended. Viva Young’s!
A Happy Winter Warming to you all.
Nekronos (3658) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Too strong with no sense, I got a little wamrer but not enough to call it like that. Dark, and foam just present.
harrisoni (14218) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford
I know that this is out of season, but I forgot to rate it at the time.
Dark brown/ruby beer with rich malty fruit and brown sugar flavour. Hoppy spiciness on the end. Splendid to keep you warm
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strawberry flavour. Slightly acidic. Malty sweet finish. A nice warming brew, with a fruity touch.