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


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RATINGS: 943   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (10487) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Orangegoldenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, fruchtig, reife Früchte. Geschmack sehr fruchtig, nussig, herb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml at Drustvo prijatelja piva. Pours orange with white head. Hop fruity aroma. Malty flavor with nice bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2187) - London area, Herefordshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Pours a clear golden orange with a thick cream white head. The nose is fruity and crisp with some caramel and bread. The taste is caramel, fruit, floral with tangy fruit and mild bitterness at the end. Medium body with fine elegant carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (449) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2014
Very nice. Aroma is pears, cooking apples, wood, honey, fruity yeast, touch of alcohol. Taste is same with slight tannin/spicy notes, hop bitterness, metallic finish. Honey becomes more dominant near the end of the bottle. Mouthfeel: It’s thin, but the interplay between the creaminess on the top of the palate, a slight resiny oiliness in the middle, and the metallic edge round the perimeter of your cakehole - or "mouth", if you will - all conspire to make this very more-ish drop feel a lot thicker than it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (776) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2014
Pours a hazy red caramel with a creamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity british yeast, floral hops and honey. Fruity mouth feel with low carbonation. Aftertaste is floral, caramel, honey, alcohol and lingering noble hop bitterness. Overall: nice. Complex and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoltonDK (572) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2014
Bottle in the garden. Malty nose, noble hops ? Clear amber color, creamy white head. Malt backbone, medium body, soft bubbles, woddy, spicy, grassy. :) Bolton Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sissio (891) - Orsenigo, ITALY - APR 21, 2014
Clear golden copper with cream-orange head. Malts with some caramel and hint of winy, orange zest and herbaceous from hops. Lovely balanced sweet and aromatic hoppy bitterness. Fruity (apricots, red orange peel), malts with a hint of caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
terefere (277) - Durham, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours copper, sparkling, nice frothy head, some lacing. Weak aroma of yeast, malts, flowers, caramel, alcohol. Taste: caramel, malts, yeast, hint of roast, citrus, fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
k0mpsa (1751) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from drinka shop, tallinn. Clear reddish bronze, white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, some sweetness. Nicely crisp but sweet malty body, fruity and hint of lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1561) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2014
0,5L bottle, 01.08.2014. Pours murky copper with off white head. The head stays. Aroma is malt and flowers. Taste is caramel sweetness, fresh fruits, and light bitterness. Overall: nicely balanced, very drinkable.

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