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


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RATINGS: 986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (589) - ITALY - AUG 16, 2015
UPDATED: APR 19, 2016 Ambra carico con ampio cappello di schiuma pannosa e molto persistente. Aroma di malto, note speziate e luppolate. Al palato malto e sentori erbacei. Buono il corpo e la carbonazione. Fresca e piacevole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6342) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2015
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BB 25/06/16, from Alko, 20150815) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, earth and mildly caramel. Palate was medium carbonation with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, earth, grass, molasses, caramel and bitterness. Aftertaste had malts, earth and bitterness. A nice malty brew with rather strong English hop flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (5254) - FINLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Ambery clear. Malty, slight sweet nutty, fine earthyness. Med bodied, malty sweets. Very flavourful. Malty.

-- bb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (2267) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 27, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy amber color, topped with a quite decent white frothy head. Malty aroma, some caramel and bready notes, and some fruity feel as well. Taste starts with some sweetness, a bit of caramel and bread. Fair hoppy bitterness in the finish. Fine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtu71 (364) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Big long-lasting white head. Chrystal clear pale amber. Fruity aroma. Strong, malty, bitter, fudge.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Toomio (485) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Mökinjälkeiskalja. Whiplash ja vaari käymässä. Ihan ok keskitien kalja. Perus perus on tämä

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
panzerwolf (254) - FINLAND - JUL 25, 2015
A very hoppy taste, touch of bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Grassy taste with herbal traces, a spicy taste that appears a bit later. A very pleasant beer indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3931) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle from tesco, dudley. Slightly hazy Amber beer with medium head and patchy lacing. Aroma of malts, fruits and yeast. Taste is malts, caramel, dried fruit and some sweet cake. Medium to light bodied. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodzislaw (203) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dermi (1081) - 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.

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