Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles. Made between October and March.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Rich ruby coloured beer, almost red in bright light. Complex fruity nose with hints of candy. Luscious and full bodied, with a powerful mouth-coating flavour leading to a bittersweet, vinous finish.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale ale malt and crystal malt with Young’s unique cane sugar mix added to the copper with Fuggle and Golding hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with light reddish hue streaks and a creamy tanned head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate and caramel. The flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and caramel. Medium bodied and I’m getting some sourness towards the finish. Could be an old bottle which I’m more convinced as I drink this. Would like to try this again when fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Cola brown pour with a light tan head. The bottle expired in 08 but it is really tasty. Mild malt aroma. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Nice malt flavor, everything melds together well. As the beer warms up(started at 45), the maltiness is more noticeable. Nice lacing on the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2009
500ml bottle from Ryams Party store in port Huron Pours a ruby dark brown with a small tan head no lacing the aroma is caramel malt and hops The taste is strong sweet malts Not bad but not quite i winter warmer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle 500 ml, Appearance: mid light haze of pale brown , mid tanned creamy with rocks top. 3+ Aroma: straight malty base , light hint of aromatic hop with caramel touch. 6+ Flavor/Palate: medium light bodied. Straight caramel malt with slight hint of spice and bittering. Flat finish. Ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuzz (816) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Very actice head, great color. Great smooth and rich taste. Malts slight hops. caramel, roasted nuts. Bold but not heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle pours clear amber with thin white head. Aroma is malt and nuts. First taste is sweet and the malt carries throughouth the whole beer. No real bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8533) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2008
500 ml bottle bought at College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a ruby-brown color with a very large and thick cream colored head. The aroma is very light toasted malts and nutty notes. The flavor is very nice; smooth bursts of fruit, toasted malts, light nutty flavors and a rich and full mouthfeel. Very nice. I love the label and the beer. Easygoing and yet very flavorful. Great. Also, this beer is a few years old, best by September 2007, but still quite good. I’ll re-rate when I get a fresher one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
not terrible but not much of a warmer. Pretty thin - decent favor - drinkable

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Hazy and dark orange amber with very fine diminishing head. Aroma is lightly roasted crystal malts and small hints of spicyness. Very light body with a light toffee and sugar sweetness that dries out in a long rather bland and dry finish. Overall little dimension for a special seasonal brew and light in body for a real warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Getting my notebook online. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown w/o much head. Candy like smells. Taste is very hoppy but not very complex. Nothing outstanding here but a decent beer with some kick.

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