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


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RATINGS: 904   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (3554) - 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 (218) - 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 (1155) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
villevav (221) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Tasapaksu ja mitäänsanomaton vahva brittiale. Jotenkin tämä ei säväytä oikein millään ominaisuudellaan. Tuoksu tai maku eivät ole kovinkaan monipuolisia ja suutuntuma on näinkin vahvaksi aleksi verrattain ohut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (226) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - OCT 4, 2013
Appearance with amber/orange color, liquid a bit opaque and medium head. Aroma of herbal hops and orange peel (citrus). On the palate, tasty, citrus and intense bitterness. A soft malt is also present. Complete and smooth. An excellent Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4929) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2013

Appearance: Clear amber color with a off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Malty, mild hoppy and rich fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Dominating fruity, a fine hop profile and malty.
Overall impression: Lovely tasty English ale!
Personal stats: Bottle Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorkogrlo (177) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle 0.5l. Orange colour with medium head, some lacing. Aroma: mandarine, tobacco, papper, yeast. In flavour notes of ,again, mandarine, papper, grass. Hoppy beer, with dose of sweetness from, probably crystal/caramel malts. Medium body. I would recomend everyone to try this beer and get feeling about aroma and taste of english hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mcbertola (106) - BRAZIL - OCT 1, 2013
Cerveja muito boa. Amargor marcante, coloração laranja, espuma densa. Sabor seco amargo típico de cerveja britânica encorpada. Vale a pena saborear. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (519) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
0.5 bottle. Amber color, slightly fizzy, small, white head on top which is rather thin but lasts for a while. Very strong aroma of hops and mostly fruity ones for that matter; plums, apples, berries, small hints of malts and caramel. Bittersweet taste, definitely a lot of sugar left in it, biscuit notes, much more caramel, again a lot of fruits this time more sour, a touch of grapefruit and a mite of herbs. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation. Finish is relatively long though it could be longer still, starts sweet and sour and then gradually falls into bitter tones. Overall the beer is great, rich in aromas and flavors, characterful and balanced, worth recommendation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majek (384) - 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.

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