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


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RATINGS: 943   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MichaelAwesome (5676) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
Had that one lots of years ago when I visited London for the first time. Well, yesterday I had it once again with McTapps and it is and was a classy piwo. Hops and caramel, bit chocolate, some malt and grains. Very living, very drinkable piwo with a slightly sweety finish. Maybe the king of english bottled beers when rate those which are not that citrus hop minded. Thumbs up. High with them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (5716) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle bought at Sainsburys in Folkestone. Pours out in a deep golden colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of fresh hops, barley and cake. Taste of fresh hops, light malt, cake, biscuits, flowers, pine and spruce. Finishes off with herbal-smooth hints. Nice one to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredxyz (27) - BRAZIL - AUG 14, 2014
Cor forte. Sabor forte, maltado e muito lúpulo. Esqueci de seguir a recomendaçăo da garrafa de servir devagar deixando os sedimentos. Tenho que conseguir outra garrafa!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lobs_ols (390) - LATVIA - AUG 11, 2014
Dark gold, strong white head. Hardly any aroma, oddly enough- maybe some sweet notes. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Taste - balanced bitterness, very refreshing somehow. I like this, though I struggle to describe it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1385) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 Bottle at the White Horse, London. Mid-gold, very little head. Doesn’t seem to be overly carbonated. Good. Muted citrus/grain aroma with an almost hefe-like clove, pleasing enough but nothing all that special. The taste is sticky sweet like honey with a bit of tempering bitterness. A classic balance, they’ve nailed it. This is nice, but a bit too ordinary to get mega-excited about. In one word: solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (908) - CROATIA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle, pours amber with an off white head, sweet taste of malt, caramel, and some citrus, light bitter finish, good balance, a nice beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (511) - HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2014
Krémes állagú, rézszínű főzet, melynek kellemes, pörkölt malátás illata van, ízében pedig aszalt gyümölcsök sejlenek fel egyre intenzívebben, ám fokozatosan haladva a pörkölt, füstös ízjegyeken keresztül egészen a komló végállomásként köszöntő megjelenéséig. A belga sörök karaktere is felfedezhető zamatában, mely idővel likőrös édességbe burkolózik és egyre kerekebb lesz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aldemirfilho (20) - - JUN 7, 2014
It pours amber color with a medium head that leaves good crown. Smells really good: fruity, smoky, caramel, citrus. Really good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
16.9 oz bottle from old notes. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sizeddense off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, floral hops, some toasted bread and light fruit character. Just ok, nothing ppops and the body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (863) - Samarate, ITALY - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle @ jacaré. Ambrata , limpida, con schiuma beige fine e poco persistente. aroma maltato, agrumato, di thč nero. Avvertibile luppolo inglese (goldings?) e caramello. Gusto secco, di frutta secca (albicocca disidratata) abbastanza amara. Poco corposa, carbonatazione lievissima, equilibrata, ma non troppo armonica.

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