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Carlsberg Special Brew

Brewed by Carlsberg UK
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Northampton, England


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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml cans and 275ml bottles.
A very strong, dark lager. First brewed in 1950 to commemorate a visit to Denmark by Winston Churchill.
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (1312) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2014
New English county (39/46) - only reason to buy this stuff!
Appearance: Orange golden, clear. Good amount of white head. Aroma: Malt, sweetness, alcohol. Taste: Malt, medical. Kind of sweet. Alcohol. Info: 500ml can, 11/4-2014, BB: 27/11-2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
neverleaveopen (138) - GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
clear dark golden with a fine head. sweet malt aroma with some hints of citrus. balanced taste. good finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
flying_pig (831) - SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2014
320ml Can bought in Kuala Lumpur last year:
Not as strong, or as unpleasant on the nose as I was expecting. There is an initial bit of spice and some really sweet notes that is syrup like although the alcohol is fairly well hidden, all things considered anyway. There is some apple malts and even some apples; this one was a million miles better than I had been expecting on the nose.
Clear with the slightest of yellow hazes, the beer is a golden straw colour and is topped with a bubbly, bone white head that completely disappears soon after.
Boy the aroma was misleading, this is disgusting and offensively strong on the taste buds. I suppose there is some spice and apples from the smell but the alcohol content that I mentioned previously as being well hidden most definitely isn’t when it comes to the taste. The beer is overpoweringly strong with hints of sweetness but it’s too bad to drink much of at all.
Unbalanced and terribly strong with the alcohol content overpoweringly strong. The beer is light bodied and carbonation is low with the beer just feeling like alcohol with a burning sensation at the end; awful stuff.

As it turns out, my last beer from Malaysia was pretty much like the majority of the others I tried whilst actually in the the country and proved to be a terrible offering. There’s not much that can be said from this other than that the alcohol content wasn’t hidden at all in the taste and overpowered everything else the beer had to offer, which was a real shame as the aroma was pretty good for the style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wabahoye (18) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
One of my "Intl light lagers" which need to be viewed as a separate rating category. In other words, the score is relative to just this group... Much maltier and fuller bodied than most light lagers and, hence, much more enjoyable to me. Having this one in Hong Kong and finding it a nice reprieve from all the other options.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pijiuke (60) - - FEB 11, 2014
Stronger version of the regular Carlsberg lager. Uninspiring. It’s green bottle counterpart is better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beeebon (139) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
This beer doesn’t have a good reputation and I am often met with laughs/astonishment when I tell people I don’t mind drinking it now and then. i often drink it from the can and when chilled it’s not too bad. It’s strong, sweet, syrupy, metallic and a bit rough. Not really selling it here, am I?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HappyHandsClub (11) - - JAN 31, 2014
Every time I visit the UK, Carlsberg Special is on the shopping list. Too bad this historic beer is unavailable in USA. Ideal warmer-upper before nymphing for 16 lb. rainbow trout in Essex old reservoir which supplies water to London. Pops introduced me to it in the 1990s. Scorpion was brewed to compete with it but Carlsberg bought the brewery & shut it down. Carlsberg is missing the boat not exporting it to USA as it’s the finest beer in their lineup...no holds barred...A massively formidable Pils yet unpretentious, goes down smooth while packing a lovely stealthy punch !!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
s_hartshorne (599) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Can. Amber colour foamy white head and lacing. Aroma is strong alcohol and malts. Taste is sweet malts strong alcohol and even more sweetness. Thick syrupy body medium carbonation. This wasn’t that bad actually. 4 cans and your anyones!! Knock out tackle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fabioanselmo (155) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 3, 2014
Aroma de melaço, um perfume cheiroso. Aparência de cervejas lager, com um toque mais escuro. Sabor levemente adocicado e com lembrança do melaço. Álcool aparente mas nada que incomode. No geral, uma bela strong beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - DEC 15, 2013
Deep golden good head malty alcohol solvent astringent medium bitterness strong alcohol taste Quasi ambrata buona schiuma discreta persistenza naso etilico maltato legno alcool bruciante
Earlier Rating: 5/5/2008 Total Score: 2.3
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