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


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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2004
Bottle from The Alexandra, Wimbledon, London. Russet copper colour - no head, little lacing. Apple and chocolate aroma. Big metal, lager flavour - large portion of malt please, espcially towards the finish. Early threat of marked alcohol notes fades fast. Some apples and lemons in the finish too, slightly warming and bitter. A good, rich ale, with lots going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 *Best before date of five months ago! Wish I’d noticed that at the store. Anyway...

Dark golden color, effervescent head, dissipates quickly. Lots of floral and spicy hops in the nose, slightly fruity, malty. Smooth toffeeish malty flavors, somewhat sweet, nicely bittered. Alcohol shows a little. Very good, I’ll have to look for a fresh bottle. Fresh bottle - better head, maltier aroma, still vinous. This is good stuff. Underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2004
An excellent Strong Ale. Sweet and then again not too sweet. Has a brownish color, with a longlasting, creamy head.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2004 Another average beer from Youngs,sharp and acidic,not to my taste i'm afraid.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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