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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Occasionally available in the cask.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007.
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zarkam (372) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2014
500ml bottle from Tallinn. Hazy amber colour, medium off-white mostly lasting frothy head, good lacing. Moderately malty aroma of caramel, bread and peach, moderate floral and citric hops and a hint of banana and leather. Taste is initially balanced bittersweet with a bit of acidity and sourness, long moderately bitter and slightly sweet finish with a moderately acetic feel. Medium to full body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Quite a pleasant and very balanced ale with a fair bit of character, there are ones with more intense aroma out there but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ytrewqaz (31) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Amber, delicately hazy. Medium, stable head that leaves nice lacing. Strong grassy, floral aromas, somewhat fruity, with a pinch of resinous and tea-like notes, yeasty background but also a bit of alcohol. Medium carbonation. Bitterness nicely balanced by its subtle sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (1005) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Klar orangebrun i fargen med hvitt skum. Fruktig lukt, humle med karamellukt. Søt og syrlig smak. Lett bitter ettersmak

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (525) - SPAIN - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Botella de 50 cl. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo y malta, con regusto a caramelo, ligeramente citrico, amargo. Una gran strong ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fellebag (734) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle 50cl. Medium white head leaving a thin layer behind. Clear dark pilsener color. Aroma is citrus, hops, pear, peach, malt, leaves and berries. Taste is tea, hops, leaves.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbgulin (5) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
Muito saborosa e aromática paguei 18,90 na distribuidora. Vale o preço e vale mais uma prova.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RipuvariiAlu (12) - - FEB 1, 2014
Aroma: nice of fresh and dried and fresh fruits (apricot?), slight bready and caramelly maltiness. Appeareance: Pours Amber with one inch oft white, eine pored head. Taste: Dried fruits, malts and nuttiness.Slight hop bitterness. Palate: medium body and light carbonation. Overall: Very tasty and balanced brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JazzMatazz (18) - - FEB 1, 2014
Clear gold. Mye malt og frukt.............................................

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
k92488 (231) - NORWAY - FEB 1, 2014
kopper farge fin skum. Helt grei øl. Lite smak og aroma. Litt humlesmak. Drikkes på smakskveld.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (544) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2014
Fruity hops aroma with a hint of malt, thin white head, smooth, fruity and crisp with a mild bitterness at the end. It’s good stuff.


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