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


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RATINGS: 955   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (922) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle shared with mikkvoika and tarmok. Pours dark golden with huge fluffy-sticky yellowish head.Aroma is sweet, herbal hoppy, rubber. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, honey, smoothly bitter, peaches, fruits. Medium body.Sweet beer, but if you drink it with a sediment, then you got some nice bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarmok (649) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 2, 2015
Aroma: caramel, honey, fruit. Appearance: golden hazy liquid with yellowish frothy head. Taste: roasted malt, fruit, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: light body, oily feel, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (798) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle- amber with a fizzy beige head. Aroma of honey, spice and caramel. Taste of honey, earth and grassy hop followed by caramel sweetness and faint bitterness to finish. Medium body, high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bleki (107) - Gliwice, POLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Pours light amber, foggy, with big stable beige head. In aroma sweet, malts, white fruits, raisins. In taste medium sweet and light bitter. Medium to full body, oily feel, bellow average carbonation, short and light bitter finish. Good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (4467) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
A strong ale of 6%... Only in the UK! ?? Anyway it feels distinctly un-British. Sweaty malts, pale, yellow fruit. Active carbonation, not very complex. Nice but hopelessly old fashioned in the modern craft beer world. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (209) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 12, 2015
Dominant hops aroma, fruity taste, very nice delicately cloudy orange color, small ring of white head. Good carbonation. Full delight, never bored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
uckelman (472) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Pours orange-amber and clear. Just a small ring of foam. Aroma is citrus and bread flour with a hint of spice. There’s some citrus in the flavor, as well. Very bright, lively. Medium body. A bit of banana (or bubblegum?) on the finish, and a fair bit of burn.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sarauckelman (306) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Clear light amber with almost no head. Complex aroma with hints of lime. First hint of flavor is banana-candy sweet but it peaks and then tapers off into a nice hoppiness, leaving a bit of fire in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel abrupt and short. Very intersting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maakun (2056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2015
Draft. Clear Amber with big very creamy thick long lasting head. Light toasted malts, light dried fruits and a touch of bitter herbs in the finish. Light bodied watery feel. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Thick foamy flotsam head subsided swiftly leaving little trace. Slightly cloudy reddish gold colour. Subtly sweet malt aroma after pouring. Taste not too rich bitter sweetness leading to a long lasting toasty citrus finish. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

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