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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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. 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Hoppy, I don't quite pick up on the malty side that others have. Has bite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
Small off-white head and amber-red colour. Yeasty and hoppy(citrus, grass) aroma with a little fruit. Smooth, medium body. Taste; malty background with a yeasty and hoppy bite. Needs more balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Very light smell, almost no aroma. Beatiful amber with a hint of red in the color. Good hoppy flavor with a slight sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2003
orangy brown colour, off white head. sweet citrus hop and mild nutty aroma. toffee, chewy and bready malt with some light chocolate and smokiness. full and sticky hop finish. nice ale

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Held up to the light, appears a nice clear amber. Small head fully diminishes leaving no notable lacings. Nice maltiness, and I smell a bit of coffee, too. Mildly bitter start, finishes a bit dry. Nice brew overall.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JGoillau (4) - Norwich, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2003 does not count
vivid orange copper colour when poured with nice head although quickly dissapates. the smell is of more of a bitter but with a few surprises. taste is sweet and slightly hopped, nice bitterness which carries through the drink into the aftertaste which lingers but is not off putting. nothing to rave about but nice especially on this hot summers day.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Thin head which dies quickly but good carbonation. Color of a nice medium orange/amber. Aroma is a little weak with hops, a little brown sugar and slightly metalic. Flavor is quite nice and smooth. Medium bodied with malt and a touch of caramel. Finish is nice with a bitter finish of hops and leaves a nice smooth, creamy film in the mouth. One of the better Youngs products I have had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Lake Tahoe clear, deep amber brew with a light orange tint. Small, frothy, enamel-colored head. Quickly diminishes and leaves no lacework. The nose is malty and sweet with notes of English toffee, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is laden with fuzzy fruit (peach and apricot), caramel and alcohol up front. Nice, well-bittered hop presence on the backside. Moderately astringent as well. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, moderately bitter and alcoholic finish. I enjoyed this brew! Not what I would consider a world-class effort, but very good nonetheless!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Nice looking beer with a lasting soft pillow-like head. Light aroma reminds me of an empty glass of Strong Belgian Ale, light yeast and bread. Alcohol is not overpowering. Smooth, warm palate with a nice aftertaste. Not a bad beer but not great and not worth $6 Cdn. Too mild to be exotic and too ambitious to be a session.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
pleasant malty aroma. Pours golden brown with a slight cloudiness and foamy head. Palate is thin, very slight malts. Alcohol is not well hidden, interferes with hops resulting in a confusing finish. A slightly above average beer but not worth searching out.


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