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


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RATINGS: 894   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dagrk (33) - 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 (1380) - 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 (322) - 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 (404) - 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 (703) - 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 (624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1163) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yingwait (51) - - NOV 12, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2782) - 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.

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