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


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RATINGS: 991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChewyBeer (267) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 7, 2015
Pours clear amber with slight head. Nose with notes of bread and citrus. Nice medium full mouthfeel. Bready malt flavours followed up by decent bitterness. Nice ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1915) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
Ambar bonito, clara pero no del todo. Espuma contenida y no muy duradera aunque deja película. Aroma ligero. Entre frutal y caramelo. En boca es fantástica. Lo tiene todo. Cuerpo, cremosidad, punto de carbonatacion, calor alcoholico en el posgusto, y excelente equilibrio entre una malta acaramelada exquisita y un lupulo frutal y que además le confiere una redondez seca, que hace el conjunto nada pesado. Chapeaux!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NallePalle (523) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle, 50 cl, The Bombardier, Paris. Overall pleasant ale, well balanced, not too hoppy, short bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1336) - BELARUS - MAY 31, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 Copper liquid, moderate head. Bisquits, cake, fruity& grassy english hop on nose. Medium body. Quaffable. Well balanced taste of caramel, bisquits, grassy & piny hops. Medium bitteress. Long hoppy finish. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (322) - BRAZIL - MAY 27, 2015
Cor de ouro envelhecido com tom alaranjado, cristalina e brilhante; espuma marfim de média intensidade e alta persistência (permanece camada espessa até o fim da degustação) e muito bom lacing. Aroma maltado com dulçor agradável e leve toque de banana. Sabor de caramelo com final amargo intenso bem inserido e seco muito bem equilibrado; retrogosto adstringente. Corpo médio e baixa carbonatação. Exclente drinkability. Perfeito exemplar de cerveja inglesa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sandog_au (39) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a clean medium cooper with a small white head. Aroma is sweet apple/pear. Apple notes in taste with a small spicy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alteregoo (990) - POLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Po nalaniu tworzy się biała, zbita czapa piany z ładnym lejsingiem, barwa jasno bursztynowa, klarowna. Aromat delikatny, jest chmiel dość trawiasty, troszkę karmelu, melanoidyn, drewna i zapachów whisky. Generalnie troszkę ubarwiony ESB. W smaku lekka słodycz miodowo karmelowa, biszkopty, skórka od chleba skontrowane średnią do niskiej ziołowo trawiastą goryczką, lekko garbnikową w afterteasie. Nagazowanie średnie, dość pełne w odbiorze, alkohol obecny, aczkolwiek dobrze ukryty, rozgrzewający w przełyku. Piwo jest bardzo angielskie, dość męczące na dłuższą metę i choć jest troszkę bogatsze w doznania sensoryczne to mimo wszystko blisko mu do typowego nudnego brytyjskiego ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meireteixeira (170) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 2, 2015
Cor bronze, brilhante. Espuma boa e de média persistência. Aroma Herbalife é frutas secas. Paladar lúpulo e condimentos. Retrogosto amargo e seco. Esperava mais.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle from SJ. Some nice notes of citrus, spice, caramel and bread. Mild hop finish with a zesty pop. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1406) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 16, 2015
Dark golden to copper colored, medium white head which quickly disappears leaving only lacing. Aroma is malts, caramel and biscuit, a touch of fruits and floral hops. Taste is moderate sweet malts, again caramel and biscuit, bit fruity, bit of lightly toasted bread in the finish and some floral, grassy hops with a pinch of citrus, low to medium dry bitterness and a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied.

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