Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 482   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
britishalenerd (11) - USA - DEC 28, 2006
dark ruby colour, fine head, nutty aroma with notes of chocolate, full-bodied, smooth with a light bitter, nutty finish

gripweed57 (2804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2017
From old tasting notes. Splendid garnet red color with a creamy beige head. Small bubble carbonation. Toasted malt aroma reminiscent of baked bread. Sweet toasted malt flavor with a hint of treacle and brandy. Bittersweet finish where the hops come through. Long bitter aftertaste. Hearty to say the least. Good for the cold winter nights of London.

john44 (3331) - 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)

nybol (2311) - DENMARK - JUL 9, 2015
God, karamelagtig, lidt bitter, næsten så tyk som Guiness. Perfekt til de lange vinteraftener

slowrunner77 (12594) - 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."

Alengrin (5639) - 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.

TXBadger (2811) - 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.

alexsdad06 (10652) - West Chester, 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.

Headbanger (4020) - 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.

BlackHaddock (7583) - 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.

niquillis (2752) - 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

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