Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
A best bitter.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggle and Golding hops.
Abv reduced from 4.6% to 4.5% in 2005.
"Amber in colour, Young’s Special has a fruity, slightly estery nose with a good hop aroma and full round flavour, a fine balance between malt and hops."

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Davros IX (485) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2017
Pint at The Old Ship in Chiswick. A slight upgrade to the Young's Bitter with a bit more interest on the flavour and a touch of that soapiness that I do enjoy. It was however quite basic and not one to seek out in the future.

nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Draft at Greyhound Pub near London. Looks great, clear copper with a lacy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, nuts, perfume. Flavor is nutty, slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Medium light feel, crisp. Pretty moreish as those Brits would say. Good for the style.

GuideDogSaint (1748) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 10, 2017
Cask pint at the Rising Sun, Epsom. Pours clear chestnut with a white head. Aroma of malt and toffee. Sweet taste and finish. Enjoyable.

luttonm (6742) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2017
Queens Arms, London. First pint in town. Thick, overworked head. Clear, darker amber hue. Sweet, round malt. Nominally sweet, some butterscotch, very round. Missing any sort of bite or bitterness at all. Not a favorite.

Towey1989 (3258) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2017
Cask at The Red Lion, Leek (Hydes) A clear amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, some fruit, slight cereal and subtle earthy hops. Taste of caramel, bready malts, fruit, some cereal, slight yeast and subtle earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, yeasty bitterness in the finish. A standard bitter, similar to Bass as if it’s in good form it’s a good drink. This is decent for a bitter.

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2017
Cask at The Plough, Bignall End. Pours amber with an off white head. Cereal, malt, some hop. Average.

ralphdot (1102) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
4.5% amber in colour with a good head, some hops and caramel in the aroma and a nice bitter taste.

JorgeLee (2234) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2016
Cask at the Duke of Clarence SW5. Deep brown colour. Malty with some heavy fruity notes, Christmas cake, raisins, purple fruit. Sweet but a decently bitter finish. A little bit hard work. Decent enough wintry bitter.

theprof (1236) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Cask. Pours copper brown. Aroma mildly malted. Tastes sour mash. Slightly fusty aftertaste.. Not great

Rob_D_UK (1366) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Pours amber with a thick head. Malty caramel aroma. Taste is a bready sweetness.

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