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


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RATINGS: 895   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majek (333) - Ząbki, POLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Hazy, light orange colour. Head is medium and quite sta?ej. Aroma is not so intensywne, only some carmen and fruits. Taste is richer, caramel , fruits, spicy note and yeasty background. After all appears medium bitterness. Pleasant but rather short finish. Decent ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1196) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2013
Klar gyllen farve med lyst skum. Lukt av malt og karamell. Smak av malt og karamell. Vinmonopolet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
nilsas (1402) - Bryne, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2013
Søtlig duft av frukter. Fin hyllen honning farge. Tykt kremet skum. Noe bitterhet i smak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (3916) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle 50cl, a slightly cloudy copper beer with huge creamy head. Nose is on caramel and resin. Aroma is on caramel, light spices, pine, light resin, yeast, burnt caramel notes, honey. Finish is hoppy on the grassy side with floral sweets touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artyom (459) - Osijek, CROATIA - AUG 10, 2013
0,5l bottle. Amber color. Aroma is hops, fruits, citrus and some caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma. It has very nice bitterness. Very good and tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1511) - FINLAND - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle. Hazy deep golden color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, yeast and caramel. Slightly sour taste with some bitterness. Silky feel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
santabeer (67) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2013
Oh my g.., this is the best beer I have ever drunk! It has got a delicious fruity taste. The smell is fruity and great. The color is just awesome. No head, but I suspect that is becuase of a washing brush that I have used for washing the dishes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (472) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2013
An excellent English ale that dangerously hides it’s strength. One to enjoy at the end of a session as you’d likely not be standing if it was the session brew. Very tasty and highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Appearance: Amber, clear with creamy ivory finger thick head. Aroma: Citrus, orange marmalade, corriander, hint of caramel, slight biscuit, prune sourness, slightly hoppy, yoghurty, and a touch of fig. Taste: Low/medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, biscuity orange flavour. Palate: Medium body with a smooth creamy texture, average/lively carbonation on tongue, quite a steady dry finish. Comments: Very enjoyable, would definitely give it another go. Left a glass lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jetulio (102) - 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.

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