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


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RATINGS: 911   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. 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
janubio (455) - SPAIN - DEC 13, 2013
500 ml. bottle. Deep golden to amber colour, with a medium head that leaves both crown and lace. Smell is fruity Apples, bananas?) Smoky, caramel, citrus. Great body, full and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, resine, caramel. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (912) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2013
DAA; Pours hazy amber with med. off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty with grassy, fruity hops. Taste mirrors, adding -better. Medium body, spritzy mouthfeel with a med. lasting bitterness in finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
CanCrusher (679) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Clear bronze colour, for a finger big light brown head, that goes dowm into a nice circle. There is presence of a weak carbonation. Nice hoppy aroma of pines, some lemon and oranges. Taste is great, rich hops and dried fruits comes out again, oily structure just compliments it. Aftertaste is intensive and it leaves a taste of hops and spices. One of the best english ales I ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1290) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - NOV 22, 2013
average frothy white head. fair lacing. fully diminishing. translucent average light amber body. aroma: moderate hoppy, wood, honey. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: light body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Delicioso dulçor frutado, lembrando pêra, traz também toques de mel. Amargor lupulado e amadeirado, sem ser agressivo. Cerveja balanceada, muito saborosa, alta drinkability. Refrescante. 140 s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaziopiwosz (362) - Warszawa / Wałbrzych, POLAND - NOV 19, 2013
A raisins taste with a delicate hoppy nutes and rich malty texture. Full palate, bitter finish. White head, medium thick. Raisins-like colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yingwait (60) - Taipei, TAIWAN - NOV 12, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3155) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at Public Corner, Vaasa. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness, caramel, hops and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (3978) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2013
Sehr schöner typischer fruchtiger Ale-Geruch. Der Antrunk ist holzig- fruchtig. schön vollmundig. Zum Hauptteil hin entfalten sich diese fruchtig-holzige Noten auf breiter Front, zusammen mit einer leichten, angenehmen Herbe, die sich auch noch lange im Nachgeschmack hält. Auf der Zunge bleibt neben dieser schönen Herbe eine angenehm fruchtig-milde Note.
--> Sehr schönes starkes Ale.
(Test vom 10.9.2008) --> 12,12,11,12,12,12 - 11,85

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
morri (224) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Tiny white head. Hazy amber body. Aroma of caramel and malt, slightly smoky. Sweet on the tongue, and actually becomes nauseating after a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rok1024 (1181) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - OCT 26, 2013
Slightly unclear deep orange copper appearance, medium to strong head. Sweet fruits, cookies, caramel and toffee on the nose. Sweet and bitter finish, overall good and satisfying English Strong Ale style.

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