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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Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, - JUN 18, 2012
Half a pint of Special topped off with a bottle of Ram Rod. Honestly I could drink this till the sheep come home!

Towey1989 (2709) - 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 (2679) - 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 (1092) - 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 (2091) - 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 (931) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Cask. Pours copper brown. Aroma mildly malted. Tastes sour mash. Slightly fusty aftertaste.. Not great

Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Pours amber with a thick head. Malty caramel aroma. Taste is a bready sweetness.

thepatrickman (1307) - 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.

Parmenion777 (276) - 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.

Ktwse (4808) - 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.

Finn (7513) - 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.

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