overall
38
60
style
Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, - JUN 6, 2005
Golden, chestnut colour. Flour dominates the flavour. Mint finish. Not a good brew. Too unbalanced and slightly artificial.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (1069) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1943) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
theprof (713) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Cask. Pours copper brown. Aroma mildly malted. Tastes sour mash. Slightly fusty aftertaste.. Not great

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Pours amber with a thick head. Malty caramel aroma. Taste is a bready sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepatrickman (1145) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
A bit more flavor and a bit more alcohol than the standard Young’s Bitter. Still pretty sessionable at 4.5%, and still reasonably light flavored. Good but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Parmenion777 (205) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2016 Clear amber pour, with a creamy white head that quickly dissipated. A nice malty caramel aroma, a little fruit and grassy hops. Some lacing; toasted malted caramel taste, a little fruit. A slightly oily feel in the mouth but a good spicy bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ktwse (4363) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Pours clear amber with low white head. Aroma of toffee, malt, light citrus. Taste is mild bitter with subtle balancing sweetness. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6895) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Fra cask på Dog and Bull Croydon 27 Nov 15 som Wells Dog’s Baubles. Klar gyldenbrun. Filmskum. Svært så forsiktig maltaroma. Mild svakt fruktig smak - men domineres av malt. Vel søt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4378) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
On tap at the Royal Hop Pole, Tewkesbury. Deep Amber colour with a white head. Malty caramel with fruit and grain aroma. Taste is bready with a caramel sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (9215) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Cask at the GBBF. Low fluffy white lasting head. Clear dark brown body. Mild sweet fruity caramel aroma. Fruit chestnuts caramel, dusty malt grass flavor. Low carbonation. Long finish.


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