Brewed by Vale
Style: Bitter
Brill, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular.
A premium ale brewed with Maris Otter, crystal and chocolate malts blended with choicest hops.

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FatPhil (16896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
Draught (Elm Tree, Cambridge)
Sweet caramelly aroma. Dry apple taste, thinnish and weak, but smooth because of residual sugars. Simple sweet bitter, decent, but not living up to the "special" in its name. Lots of fruity esters though, which I like, although much of it is apple, which is less good.

olsvammel (7274) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
On tap at a pub in Oxford (could also be Witney). Malty and flowery smell. Sweet taste with caramel and toasted bread. Tasty beer.

fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2012, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

Clear matt medium to dark yellow - amber orange colour with a average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, apple. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration, apple, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20120807]

Leighton (22026) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Cask at Hamilton Hall, JDW, London. Pours clear, matte brown-gold with a light, white foam head. Dry brown bread nose, some toast, light leaves. Light to medium sweet flavor with toasty malts, toasty semi-dark sugars, light crunchy grains. Light in body with fine carbonation. Good condition. Toasted bread finish with light grapes, dry grains, mild leafy bitterness. Good balance. Very nice bitter overall.

berkshirejohn (6611) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2012
Cask at the John Russell Fox (JDW), Andover. Golden amber with a tight cream head; somewhat fruity aroma; to start there are some slightly sour apples, then some caramel, giving a sort of tarte tatin combination; and the finish is dry and cidery. Not bad, but not special.

madmitch76 (25321) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
7th August 2012
GBBF. Light haze on this amber beer. A little dried fruits. Mild bitterness. A little bit of apple. Semi dry finish. Meh!

BlackHaddock (7569) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2012
Pint: hand-pulled on 6th Oct 2012 in the Wolverhampton Wetherspoons. They must have spent hours at the brewery thinking up the name of this beer (because it isn’t special). Pours a deep amber/cooper colour, mine had a thin white head on top for a while. Malty nose and taste but bland from start to finish. If I’m being kind it did have some caramel and mild toffee notes in an otherwise boring reviewing/rating attempt. Lacked some of everything a ’Special’ beer should have (life, taste and umph).

cgarvieuk (25697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2012
cask at GBBF 2012 ... copper ... thin white head ... soft musty toffee nose .. dull fruits ... light mellow toffeee malt.

SarkyNorthener (4765) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
[email protected](jdw). Copper colour small white head good pacing. Mild roasted malt aroma. Taste of roasted malts, hint of coffee and caramel. Good bittering. Very smooth. A really good dark bitter.

ManVsBeer (10927) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
Golden going on copper coloured, and fairly standard stuff. Has little nose and little flavour, although is crisp enough to palate.

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