Brewed by Charles Wells
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Half a pint of Special topped off with a bottle of Ram Rod. Honestly I could drink this till the sheep come home!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
King_Tut (2) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
My favorite real ale and probably my favorite beer in the world. This traditional well crafted ale is only availabe in Southeast England, mainly the London area. If visiting London, you must try this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2005
Even if they have changed the flavour slightly in recent years, this is still a fantastic special bitter. If you are passing by a Young’s pub, please give this a try! Lots of flavour and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Allthatisevil (48) - alabaster, Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2007
I got a pint of this last time I was in England. I sought it out the rest of my stay. Good full flavor beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8508) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 I remember drinking this beer on tap at a pub up on the hill just northeast of Lindberg Field in San Diego (Shakespeare Pub & Grille) in the early ’90s.. Wow. This beer has an awesome taste, smooth and balanced. It has a fresh mix of the Maris Otter Malts and hops. If I could find it on tap again it will be the first, second, third and fourth beer I order.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2004
cask at young brewery: I really enjoyed this beer more then others. maybe it was a little more fresh? but had a nice nose of floral hops. creamy head that laced and i had another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - AUG 2, 2005
On cask in a London pub near Leicester Square. Decent color, good smell, drinks smoothly, and tastes great. I preferred it over Young’s Bitter, which I tried at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickhsw19 (2) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012 does not count
I lived in Wandsworth for a few years in the early 1980s so this was the regular beer of choice. More recently, I frequented both The Ram in Hammersmith and The One Tun in Goodge Street. While the beer is fine in both establishments, in the former theres an unfortunate tendency for ’No Special’ and often ’No (Youngs) Bitter’ either. The One Tun still manages to sell the range, but something I’ve noticed since the Wells merger is that while the beer is more consistent, its nowhere near as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (7231) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
Cask conditioned at The Marquess of Anglesey, Covent Garden, London. Served at cellar temperature. Amber colour, low head, moderate malty aroma with some oak, mellow rounded flavour, moderate but decent bitterness. A good pint!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Cask at ODBF 04: Poured a light tan/orange with a lot of large sediment floating through it. Aroma was weak. Flavor was of citrusy hops with a mild but near balanced sweet caramel malt backbone.

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