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

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RATINGS: 888   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1132) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - NOV 22, 2013
average frothy white head. fair lacing. fully diminishing. translucent average light amber body. aroma: moderate hoppy, wood, honey. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: light body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Delicioso dulçor frutado, lembrando pêra, traz também toques de mel. Amargor lupulado e amadeirado, sem ser agressivo. Cerveja balanceada, muito saborosa, alta drinkability. Refrescante. 140 s

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaziopiwosz (356) - Warszawa / Wałbrzych, POLAND - NOV 19, 2013
A raisins taste with a delicate hoppy nutes and rich malty texture. Full palate, bitter finish. White head, medium thick. Raisins-like colour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yingwait (51) - - NOV 12, 2013
經典的英式啤&#

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2531) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at Public Corner, Vaasa. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness, caramel, hops and malts.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2013
Sehr schöner typischer fruchtiger Ale-Geruch. Der Antrunk ist holzig- fruchtig. schön vollmundig. Zum Hauptteil hin entfalten sich diese fruchtig-holzige Noten auf breiter Front, zusammen mit einer leichten, angenehmen Herbe, die sich auch noch lange im Nachgeschmack hält. Auf der Zunge bleibt neben dieser schönen Herbe eine angenehm fruchtig-milde Note.
--> Sehr schönes starkes Ale.
(Test vom 10.9.2008) --> 12,12,11,12,12,12 - 11,85

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
morri (184) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Tiny white head. Hazy amber body. Aroma of caramel and malt, slightly smoky. Sweet on the tongue, and actually becomes nauseating after a while.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rok1024 (1025) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - OCT 26, 2013
Slightly unclear deep orange copper appearance, medium to strong head. Sweet fruits, cookies, caramel and toffee on the nose. Sweet and bitter finish, overall good and satisfying English Strong Ale style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
villevav (197) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Tasapaksu ja mitäänsanomaton vahva brittiale. Jotenkin tämä ei säväytä oikein millään ominaisuudellaan. Tuoksu tai maku eivät ole kovinkaan monipuolisia ja suutuntuma on näinkin vahvaksi aleksi verrattain ohut.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (190) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - OCT 4, 2013
Appearance with amber/orange color, liquid a bit opaque and medium head. Aroma of herbal hops and orange peel (citrus). On the palate, tasty, citrus and intense bitterness. A soft malt is also present. Complete and smooth. An excellent Ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4285) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2013

Appearance: Clear amber color with a off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Malty, mild hoppy and rich fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Dominating fruity, a fine hop profile and malty.
Overall impression: Lovely tasty English ale!
Personal stats: Bottle Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway.


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