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


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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2002
Dark golden colour. Good and interesting hoppy aroma. The various hops also dominate the flavour which is also lightly fruity and malty. Long, dry bitter finish. A good and interesting English ale, but nothing fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Bottle - Millennium Edition. Bright amber with a creamy head. Fruity hops and dry malt aroma. Malt creaminess throughout the quaff. Flavors of sharp hops (anise) and yeast flavors of light fruit, bananas and orange zest. Peppery hops finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Bottle. Everything was just a little. A little caramel, a little spice, a touch of vineous aroma and flavor, and a little offensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
This is how I picture English beers to be. Love the Fuggles and Goldings. Wish all beers were this good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Yeee-haw! This is my kind of beer. Sweet, hoppy, low carbonation. A pleasure to drink. Full bodied, very complex, wicked stuff. My idea of english beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
amber. Small bead. Flowery hop nose.Chewy Malt.Good hops throughout with long finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
A excellent brew. Creamy maltiness with a light fruity character and crisp hop bite. Notes of clove and banana with a peppery punch of English hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
The color is a brown orange mix with an off white fluffy foam. It smell of sweet malts, and a slight fresh hoppy smell along with a hint of toffee. Taste is a little disapointing from what I expected but that did not diminish the enjoyment of this warming malty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 I enjoy this now and then as I have for years and as I doubt my ability to add much that hasn’t been said I’ll say that the most interesting time was once getting some bottles past their "best before" date that tasted for all the wold like some bizarre Belgian lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8068) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2002
Full of malty body. There are hints of toffee and winter fruits. Hops don’t really get a look in. But this is still a warming beer that would be nice on a winter night.

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