Badowski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005 does not count
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew and Ye White Hart, Barnes, Surrey/South London, UK.
This is my favourite beer ever. I was horrified when Young’s "reformulated" their Special Bitter and would have been mortified if they’d changed this masterpiece as well. This year’s offering is as good as it’s ever been. I don’t drink wine or spirits, and what amazes me about this ale is that it seems to be the complete alcoholic beverage. As it develops in the glass it takes on a refined port-like character while having a lovely malty aroma and all at 5%!. The unique toffee/fruit flavours are as good as ever.
Please keep drinking this, chaps, it deserves your support, plus if anyone out there knows how Young’s could be persuaded to start brewing Special Bitter as it was then let me know. Why on earth they changed it is anyone’s guess. At present I’m only visiting their houses when Winter Warmer is around, which, thankfully is for a glorious 4 months.
On a more positive note, Ram Rod and Burton Ale were offered on cask as part of this year’s "Autumn Festival" and both were packed full of flavour and highly recommended. Viva Young’s!
A Happy Winter Warming to you all. Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Nothing signafies the count down to my festive activities like my first pint of this amazing winter ale. This seasonal beer could only be improved by being available all year round! harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
Cask at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford
I know that this is out of season, but I forgot to rate it at the time.
Dark brown/ruby beer with rich malty fruit and brown sugar flavour. Hoppy spiciness on the end. Splendid to keep you warm labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
A rich winter beer. Fruity and fullbodied with a good bitter/sweet finish. If sold too young can be oversweet. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark ruby coloured with a creamy white head. Fruity aroma. Rich malty, fruity and brown sugar flavour. Full bodied. Very good.
wheresthepath (2335) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
[on draught at the Boot & Slipper, Amersham] Uncarbonated. Chocolate, plum, strong taste of malt. Dangerously easy to drink. Lovely sweeter ale - even went down well with a cheesecake! Travlr (24880) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From notes. Cask. Bury, 1997. Deep reddish brown color with a thin tan head that disappears slowly and leaves scant lacing. Aroma of raisins and plums. Taste is on the sweet side, good body, lots of dark fruits. Decent. worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Dark brown almost black with a creamy, lasting, creamy, frothy head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, nut. Medium thin body. Frothy. Tastes of toasted malt with some roast, nut, dark fruit and lots of sweet malt. Nice bitter AWS9 (704) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Decent ruby brown pour with a slight head. Deep grape, heavy malt backing. Very smooth. Toffee/caramelness for some sweetness. Yeah, nice. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Another sample from my London/Oxford cask conditioned campain. One of the first of the lot that I tasted that had the character and quality I was looking for. Full bodied, roasted, the bitter leaving an ever so slightly unpleasant tannin finish.