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


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RATINGS: 949   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
uckelman (403) - 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 (276) - 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 (1640) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (1232) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle 0.5l at Samo Pivo Belgrade Serbia with ogivlado.Pour it hazy amber color with small white head.On the nose nothing.Taste and aroma of caramel, sweet, malt, like a tea in some parts.Interesting but not my favourite.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshRaburn (56) - - DEC 17, 2014
Kind of like a British IPA. The bottle conditioning serves it really well. Nice and bitter. However, the aroma is a real problem on this one - like a dead bat that’s been urinated on by a tramp. I don’t know how its even possible for this to smell so bad because luckily the flavour is nice, with English hops that balance out solid maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2017) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Deep Amber colour with a white head. Aroma of coca and fruit. The taste surprised me with too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motman (15) - - DEC 5, 2014
Great beer! Beautiful ochre tinged Amber with a fine bubbled, white, long lasting head once you give it a vigorous pour. Moderate carbonation. Malty, saazy aroma I don't particularly enjoy. Wonderful, slightly sweet malty flavour with great complexity. The Saaz type hops flavour is complementary upon tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctiry (116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 18, 2014
Nice Ale. Brown colour. Caramel malts, floral citrus hoppiness. Some sweetnes in the light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
A Quality Strong Ale. A very nice hoppy bitterness, but the alcohol is somewhat over bearing of the flavours.brown, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, bitter, soft carbonation, medium body, oily feel,

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