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


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RATINGS: 898   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorkogrlo (151) - 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 (104) - 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 (475) - 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 (354) - 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 (1272) - 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 (1497) - 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 (4017) - 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 (485) - 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 (1534) - 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.

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