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


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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (1451) - 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 (78) - - 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 (2458) - 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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1769) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
500ml bottle from Waitrose - Amber gold body with thick lasting white head. Aroma is malty with notes of citrus and floral. Fruity sweet taste with caramel and underlying slight hop bittreness which becomes more prominent in the finish. Decent ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7884) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"this is a slightly dark, medium bodied, and well balanced ale. it won’t do anything that makes you stand up and take notice, but it’s pretty solid if not extraordinary."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simmo (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
Strong aroma of hops in the bottle and glass. Pours a wonderful golden colour in the glass with a frothy cream head that lasts reasonable well. Good lacing. Feels lively in the mouth, very easy to drink. Very tasty flavour of hops, fruit and a spicy aftertaste. A great beer that packs a punch with a high alcohol concentration!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 500ml bottle served in an English pint glass. A: Pours a dark orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a medium bubbled and aired white to yellow color. Many lacing are formed and left in the glass S: Sweet grains. Toffee and caramel malts. Flowery citrus hops. Bready and fruity Ale yeasts T: Slightly sweet malts. A bit fruity too. Toffee, caramel malts, grapes, brown bread. A little bit metallic. End is hoppy and bitter. Not extremely, just as a good ESB should be :) M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy and bitter aftertaste. Great balance O: Excellent drinkability. Great British ale. Recommended [ BA Review @ 11/28/2012 ]

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