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


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RATINGS: 928   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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. 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 14/20
BoltonDK (571) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2014
Bottle in the garden. Malty nose, noble hops ? Clear amber color, creamy white head. Malt backbone, medium body, soft bubbles, woddy, spicy, grassy. :) Bolton Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sissio (847) - Orsenigo, ITALY - APR 21, 2014
Clear golden copper with cream-orange head. Malts with some caramel and hint of winy, orange zest and herbaceous from hops. Lovely balanced sweet and aromatic hoppy bitterness. Fruity (apricots, red orange peel), malts with a hint of caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
terefere (267) - Durham, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours copper, sparkling, nice frothy head, some lacing. Weak aroma of yeast, malts, flowers, caramel, alcohol. Taste: caramel, malts, yeast, hint of roast, citrus, fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
k0mpsa (1642) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from drinka shop, tallinn. Clear reddish bronze, white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, some sweetness. Nicely crisp but sweet malty body, fruity and hint of lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1374) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2014
0,5L bottle, 01.08.2014. Pours murky copper with off white head. The head stays. Aroma is malt and flowers. Taste is caramel sweetness, fresh fruits, and light bitterness. Overall: nicely balanced, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzgorog (431) - FRANCE - APR 5, 2014
Ambrée orangée avec un col de mousse dense et persistente. Nez de miel et d’oranges confites, petit côté floral. EN bouche, moyenne amère, légèrement sucrée, texture liquoreuse, toujours des notes de fruits confits (surtout orange) et de résineux. Très bien !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
azzie (417) - - MAR 28, 2014
Liquid is clear, color of honey, minimal head. Average carbonation. Full body. Very bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (789) - CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
Clear golden color, thin white head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma is mats, honey, some frutiness, caramel, hops. Medium sweet, medium bitter taste. Nicely balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HammerTroll (752) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Hazy golden color, minimal white head. Slightly bitter aroma, hoppy. Medium body and average carbonation. Medium bitter long finish. (Vrutak 0,5l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zarkam (531) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2014
500ml bottle from Tallinn. Hazy amber colour, medium off-white mostly lasting frothy head, good lacing. Moderately malty aroma of caramel, bread and peach, moderate floral and citric hops and a hint of banana and leather. Taste is initially balanced bittersweet with a bit of acidity and sourness, long moderately bitter and slightly sweet finish with a moderately acetic feel. Medium to full body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Quite a pleasant and very balanced ale with a fair bit of character, there are ones with more intense aroma out there but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

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