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

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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2003
Very malty and full bodied, and that peculiar hoppiness that creates, to me, a signature Young's taste. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
I'd probably rate this better if I could actually drink a whole bottle. However, every time I have one, it finds a way to explode on me.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6803) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 5, 2003
Looks great: Amber and fine lasting head. I couldn't detect any particular aroma. Exellent taste with a lot of malt.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head that lingers. It has a good hoppy aroma with a nice malt backbone. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is good and hoppy up front, but then the malty sweetness takes over and dominates the finish with a nice fruitiness. Very nicely balanced between the hops and sweetly fruity malts, this is one of the better English strong ales I have had and the best offering I have had from Young's. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1857) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
It is amazing how a change in this beer's temperature can alter the taste. At first pour the ice cold Special Ale had an almost cream ale aftertaste. After a temperature rise of ten degrees the beer took on a hardy mouthfeel. I enjoyed the hop flavor combined with the malt sweetness. This is an excellent English Strong Ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Pours with a beautiful amber body topped by a thick lasting head with a good amount of lace left on the glass. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a good malty balance. Sweet malty flavor with a strong lemony hop background and a sweet malty finish. Medium to full bodied, relatively smooth and slightly oily.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
I'm rarely impressed with bottled beer that has crossed the Atlantic and this beer is no different. Bought in South London you will rarely find a bitter as inviting and satisfying with wonderful hops, malt and fruit with a wonderful mineraly aftertaste. Many stumbling nights can be traced directly back to this beer. In Vancouver, I've never purchased a representative that does not taste stale. It makes me want to cry.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Only slightly hazy copper color. Slight spice/citrus, but mostly a nice hops taste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Not impressed with the aroma. Kind of dusty and stale smelling. Looks great with copper color body and nice head. Flavor is very nice indeed! Big fruitiness up front followed by malts and a hop finish. The more it taste it the more I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2003
Pours a copper body with a small lasting white head. Aroma is toffee with sweet bread notes. Flavour is sweet with notes of toffee and light spices. Also some fruit flavour and yeasty taste. Palate is very smooth with a bitter and citrus closing. A very good ale.


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