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


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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emmerson2305 (19) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - JAN 20, 2014
Cor âmbar, um pouco turva, com colar branco de boa formação e persistência. Muito aromática, floral, lembrando geléia de laranja. Amargor muito presente, persistente, compondo um belo conjunto com o malte. Bom corpo. Bom retrogosto. Difícil beber apenas uma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (413) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
Amber a bit hazy color, small white head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, some fruits, wood, nuts and grass. Taste has similar notes, dry sweet with medium bitter hoppy finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice English ale, highly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (939) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2014
Poured a hazy amber colour with a big (three-finger plus thick) off-white coloured frothy head that retained quite a while and ultimately diminished to a collar of bubbles. Carbonation moderate to high with small to large bubbles forming trails; carbonation worked throughout the drink. Laced decent as curtains and spots. Aroma subtly of caramel malt and earthy hops - overall low level aroma. Taste fresh with some caramel malts, a hint of spices, earthy hops and maybe some fruits, maybe a bit of alcohol coming through – overall not too strong. Medium body. Long smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. BCA – Amber/gold in colour. Malty, fruity, hoppy strong ale. Very malty; caramel & toffee. Very fruity; citrus-orange. Heavily-hopped; spicy, peppery, flowery and earthy hops. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweetish with slight bitter hop edge. Long malty fruity drying and spicy hop finish. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dagrk (35) - Trondheim, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
Veldig god ale. Fyldig smak og fruktighet. Denne er god til litt spekemat og krydret brød. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (1572) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
50 cl bottle, abv 6.4%, b@Vinmonopolet. Off white head, dense, creamy, fading to a soft ring. Light amber body, 99% clear. Scents; bread, prunes or raisins, caramellic malts. Taste; roasted malts, orange, hops, caramel/dark syrup, hints of berries, some imagination of banana peel, barbecue, ghosts. Finishes gently bitter just, and hops and malts fade out nicely fruity. Overall well balanced, worth keeping recipe, recommendable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (351) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2013
Dark amber, slightly cloudy liquid. Average sized head, disappears quickly. Mild aroma, led by fruits, apple, a little citrus maybe a little caramel and cookies too. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant finish, a little bitter. Taste is medium bitter, lightly sour; not very complex but amazingly balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
janubio (416) - SPAIN - DEC 13, 2013
500 ml. bottle. Deep golden to amber colour, with a medium head that leaves both crown and lace. Smell is fruity Apples, bananas?) Smoky, caramel, citrus. Great body, full and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, resine, caramel. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (753) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2013
DAA; Pours hazy amber with med. off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty with grassy, fruity hops. Taste mirrors, adding -better. Medium body, spritzy mouthfeel with a med. lasting bitterness in finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
CanCrusher (651) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Clear bronze colour, for a finger big light brown head, that goes dowm into a nice circle. There is presence of a weak carbonation. Nice hoppy aroma of pines, some lemon and oranges. Taste is great, rich hops and dried fruits comes out again, oily structure just compliments it. Aftertaste is intensive and it leaves a taste of hops and spices. One of the best english ales I ever had.

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