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

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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Seemed to be on the thin side, especially at 6.4. Nothing special here. Soapy flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottled. Dark color, with a malty aroma and taste. Comes in with an alcohol bite that’s almost like an imperial. Pretty nice taste, though, and if you had some, I wouldn’t refuse.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2004
Orange body, good head. Spices, orange peel, licorice and a hint of sweet caramel. Hoppy and tasty. Rich and full-bodied. Long finish. A remarkable english ale and a great way to start the new year.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2004 Another average beer from Youngs,sharp and acidic,not to my taste i'm afraid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
completely clear apple juice colored with a thin layer of froth gathering around the edges...grapey aroma with malty mandarine oranges...malty sugary flavor, light notes of caramel, alcohol, and a bitter background running into the aftertaste...caramel maltiness dominates and the hops are evident in the background...not too shabby, but nothing spectacular.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Toffee brown in colour. Aroma of nuts, caramel, oranges, and hops. The flavour is malty with some surgary sweetness. Full bodied. Finish is creamy and quite bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2003
A good medium-bodied ale. A nice mix of fruity notes malt notes and a nice mild hoppy bite too it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - DEC 1, 2003
Too similar to Sam Adam's Boston Lager in aroma, flavor, and appearance to justify the price difference.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (2279) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Bought this at the local grocery store in the 1 pint bottle "Millenium edition"..didnt notice until I got it home that it was "out of date" had AUG 2002 marked..so approached with some trepidation.. the beer pours a lovely dark amber colour with a small but persistant haed..which very slowly dissapates to a thin lace down the glass. Very nice malty aroma smell caramel in this. Taste much to my relief was wonderful..malty as the nose suggested but also quite warming although the alcohol is only 6.4.%..also very buttery after taste which i enjoy ..english toffee in here too..very very nice. Feels smooth as silk in the mouth couldnt ask for more. Very very drinkable even at the price i payed..good beer will sample again ..out of date or not this beer keeps well.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Dominant honey nose. Very sweey, syrupy. Carmely, thin body. Not too impressive. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Mostly imbalanced toward the sweet end of the spectrum, though. I used to love this beer before I knew better.


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