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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Occasionally available in the cask.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malt; Fuggle and Goldings hops. Dry hopped with Golding and Target hops. Re-pitched with fresh yeast and wort in the bottle.
Young’s Special London Ale is the UK’s No.1 bottle conditioned ale. It is an unpasteurised, living beer, matured in the bottle for a fuller, more complex, multi-dimensional, fresher taste. Without artificial carbonation, the only fizz is the natural effervescence created by fermentation.
“A wonderfully balanced, deep-golden strong bottled ale, brewed from pure malt and a phenomenal amount of hops. A lively, fruity character with suggestions of banana and orange zest.”
CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain - 1999.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodzislaw (54) - POLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Barwa pomiędzy złocistą a bursztynem, lekko zmętniona. Piana początkowo obfita, jasna, opadła do małej warstwy i tak pozostała. W aromacie dominują słody w połączeniu z chmielami. Początkowo wyczułem aromatyzowane mydło, z czasem doszły nuty kwiatowe. W smaku jest lepiej. Słody kontrują wyraźną goryczkę w kierunku wytrawnej (żywica, cytrusy). Wysycenie spore, podbite przez alkohol potęguje goryczkę i odczucie lekkiego szczypania na języku. Podsumowując. Całkiem dobre piwo!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dermi (781) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2015
50 cl, bottled. Pours clear slightly red orange with a pleasant white head. Aroma: Cotton candy, malt, fruits, hints of vanilla, Taste: Medium sweet, balanced bitterness. Malty flavours, some hops. More bitterness in the throat. Hints of caramel, maybe. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Very pleasant and somewhat sessionable ale. Pleasantly malty, P.S indeed it is better with slow pour leaving the yeast, tho still not bad, but it flattens the flavours, yet gives it a fuller palate..Not bad anyhow.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caribou43 (83) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 11, 2015
In my opinion, it is a good beer and a classical ale but it is more a kind I.P.A. The taste is bitter and the hop is present. The colour is a typical I.P.A copper colour.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (507) - - JUL 6, 2015
Pours dark haze golden, almost dark amber, colour with tiny off-white head. Slow rising bubbles. Aroma without presence of an alcohol, with fruity notes of hops- esters- of oranges, avocado, plums, bananas... Also you can detect fenol- cloves. Taste is also without presence of an alcohol. Firstly dominate notes of malts. It is sweet, with bitter finish. Malt sweetness is medium, hop bitterness also. Body is soft mouth-coating. Very good English ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2043) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Cask pour at Khyber Pass. Slightly hazy medium amber with a large frothy/soapy head. Gently carbonated. Medium bodied. Bready flavors with a modest amount of grassy floral hops. Croissants with apricot jam. Straw. Honeycomb. Golden plums. Toasted Challah. Cammomille. Raw sugar. Clementines. Lilacs. Chanterelles. Slightly spicy but well rounded finish. More complex than anticipated. The cask draft opens up the flavors quite a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clockk (203) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2015
Olor escaso. Buen cuerpo. Poca espuma sin consistencia. Sabor ligero pero amargo. Esta bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (473) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 22, 2015
Cerveja alaranjada,espuma cremosa alta e duradoura;aroma cítrico aparecendo casca de laranja,abacaxi,com malte e um leve caramelo ao fundo;sabor agridoce,embora os lúpulos cítricos continuem em destaque ao um perfeito equilíbrio com a base maltada,corpo médio,final seco,frutado e com suave amargor,refrescante e gostosa convidando para um novo gole. Boa cerveja de uma boa cervejaria.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChewyBeer (166) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 7, 2015
Pours clear amber with slight head. Nose with notes of bread and citrus. Nice medium full mouthfeel. Bready malt flavours followed up by decent bitterness. Nice ale

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1328) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
Ambar bonito, clara pero no del todo. Espuma contenida y no muy duradera aunque deja película. Aroma ligero. Entre frutal y caramelo. En boca es fantástica. Lo tiene todo. Cuerpo, cremosidad, punto de carbonatacion, calor alcoholico en el posgusto, y excelente equilibrio entre una malta acaramelada exquisita y un lupulo frutal y que además le confiere una redondez seca, que hace el conjunto nada pesado. Chapeaux!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NallePalle (296) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle, 50 cl, The Bombardier, Paris. Overall pleasant ale, well balanced, not too hoppy, short bitter finish.


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