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


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RATINGS: 876   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jetulio (88) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2013
500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... amber/copper beer with head colour white of 1 finger Aroma............... malt, esters, hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma Taste........ fruits and herbal in a light style, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time, Mouthfeel........... medium body and medium/soft carbonation Overall............ a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a classical English style, refreshing beer too.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Groogrux108 (34) - Recife, BRAZIL - JUN 15, 2013
Weak aroma, spice and hop notes, beautiful light amber color. Good example of the london ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2013
I thought I had rated this beer ages ago, but apparently not. I just love the sweetness of it. Caramel and cellar fruits all the way, from aroma to taste. Lovely dark copper colour. Unctuous but still medium bodied. Great ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1178) - London via, WALES - JUN 1, 2013
Chilled bottle. Clear amber, carbonation, small but permanent head. Taste is ashy and metallic initially, becomes more watery as the taste normalises. Slight caramel and biscuity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hens (490) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2013
0,5L bottle. Weak hop, malty aroma. Light caramel, coffee, chestnut flavors. A bit woody after taste with gentle bitterish tone. Little bland.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (613) - HONG KONG - MAY 13, 2013

500ml bottle bought at Oliver’s Delicatessen in Central.

Mostly clear amber honey colour, slightly cloudy hazy, with trace of dirt like yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety off-white foam which last for 1 minute; Good sticky lacing and active carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of grapefruit, jackfruit, light pineapple, sweet tropical fruits, malt, light caramel, sugar, fruit cake, and light grass. Trace of banana smell becomes evident as the beer warms; Pleasant, mid to light sweet taste of ale malt, with burnt caramel / toffee, light grapefruit, medium liquorices, dark fruits, strong lime, citrus and strong herbal grassy hops; Full body, slick and rich palate; Taste profile is medium sweet and very hoppy ale malt with good touch of burnt toffee, good blends of grapefruit and liquorices in between. Mouth feel is fulfilling and richer than most ales. Very nice! Hoppiness is another real deal here - complex and fragrant fruity aromas, strong, expressive, quite refreshing but not overbearing in bitterness, and surprisingly low in astringency for a short finish; Fairly dry after taste, very pleasant to mouth.

Comments: A very nice ale, with lots of emphasis being placed on sophisticated and fragrant aromas, rich and tasty ale body (thanks to re-pitching), and expressive yet low key bitterness. Taste-wise, it’s rather straight forward and lacks varieties, and its astringency should really be boosted up more to complement its already rich taste. Very enjoyable, but not quite mind-blowing. Still, recommendable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fspirit (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 27, 2013
Nice white medium head. Smells like orange cake and grapefruit with a sugary finish. Medium body, feels a little watery for a second but it really have some strong hoppy and fruity caramell taste to it. This is a beer for food. Give me some medium fried meat to this. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielecamo (399) - ITALY - APR 27, 2013
Colore ambrato carico, piuttosto limpida, schiuma bianca, fine e non molto persistente. Aroma elegante di malto caramellato, terroso, floreale, leggero erbaceo. Al palato di nuovo molto elegante e bilanciata con un finale che invoglia la nuova bevuta....alcoolicità nasconsta alla perfezione. Ottima

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielst (248) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 21, 2013
50cl bottle. Pretty decent ale, nice sweet and biscuit-malty aroma. Body is quite thin, though, with sort of a dull finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1300) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a golden honey color with a nice head that fades to lacing. Aroma of sweet fruits, some malt sweetness with a bit of hops and spice in the background. Taste of some caramel sweetness with some fruit and bit of spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, smooth texture and well balanced. Enjoyable beer, very nice for the style.

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