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


on tap


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RATINGS: 484   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
500 ml. glass bottle- color of deep amber, with a medium tan colored head - nose of roasted malts, slight honey , and mild citrus hops – taste of roasted malts, slight honey, some toffee, and mild citrus hops - body is light, and clean , and with medium low carbonation – aftertaste of sweet malts, , dry, and clean

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (2997) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle. Dark Brown in colour. Malty; roasty malts, caramel, some chocolate notes. Hoppy; slight hops. Fruity; some fruit. Spicy. Sweet malty fruity with a slight bitter edge. Dry bitter malty finish. (2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nybol (1711) - DENMARK - JUL 9, 2015
God, karamelagtig, lidt bitter, næsten så tyk som Guiness. Perfekt til de lange vinteraftener

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11480) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a pleasant enough brew, but IMHO not strong enough to be classed as a strong ale or winter warmer. complex nose and flavor, leaning more towards roasted malt. quite enjoyable."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (5105) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Wintery ESB with dark copper colour and dense, light beige head. Full and pleasant malty aroma, caramel, nuts, cinnamon, pretty rich taste, malty with a dry hop bitter finish. More a strong ale than a true ESB too me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours a nice reddish brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, caramel, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more dark fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
500 ml bottle from old backlog notes 07/08. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have some candied fruit, caramel, butterscotch, some earthy bitterness to the finish. Seems faded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2014
12oz bottle (Old Notes-My label say Youngs Winter Ale)-Pours a medium ruby with a small head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste of the same. This light to medium bodied brew is a bit light and weak for a Winter brew but otherwise it has a nice little taste to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (6978) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, 5.2% and brewed in Wansworth according to the neck label, best before 31st Oct 2007, drank on a cold and wet 14th June 2007, it feels like winter. Poured into a pint sleeve glass. Rich ruby red, dark mahogany colour with a well formed off white head. Very little aroma, malts and toast maybe. The taste is malty and bitter, with a burnt coffee/toffee feel to it. Fairly dry in the mouthfeel and not much of an alcohol bite to it. I was expecting more from this beer, having in the past, drank it on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (2494) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
On cask at steamboat, south shields. Pours copper with off white head. Good balance of malts and hops and easy drinking for a stronger ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2011
Dark brown color with a good white head. Slightly roasted aroma. malt. Flavor is mild,with bitter finish.

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