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


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RATINGS: 924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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. 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
Bronze-colour with a small head. Hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Taste is pretty hoppy with hints of citrus, tea and herbs with some sweet tones malt (toffee, caramel). Aftertaste is fresh with some citric bitterness. Good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5911) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2003
Amber-colour, aleish look. A fresh hop-aroma with caramel. Long bitterness and something burnt in the flavour, almost smoky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 2003-06-24, Bottle, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Amber color. Smooth, good body structure, pleasant, with some malt and quite good hop, strong caramel character. Light cardboard in the nose and light metal taste.

2004-11-30, Keg, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Amber color. Malty and cheesy aroma. Very good malty body, quite sweet, with good hops (quite aromatic).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Clear amber color, light head. Hoppy aroma with come sitrus notes. Quite bitter beer. A hint of burnt caramel but mostly resinous hope. A bit piny in the finish.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   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.

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