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


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RATINGS: 934   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. 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2432) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10076) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4895) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Bottled. Amber colour. Hoppy nose, with tones of sweat. Fully flavoured, richly hoppy making it a bit salty. Notes of citrus. Chewy. Finishes salty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8554) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Mild aroma, spicy, malty, with distinct ginger aroma. Very carbonated and jumpy on the tongue, with an even balance of hop bitterness and roasted malts. There is some sweetness hidden behind the hop bitter, and almost has a syrup-like sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2003
A bitter and dry beer. It is an example of a classic English ale. It is not my favourite style, but this beer is one of the better examples.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAY 14, 2003
smooth nice light malt charactor, small hint of hops finnishes sweet and fizzy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
Overpowering bitter dryness crushes wild honey and shy malt...Silky pollenated flowers sprinkled with watery chemicals...A cask feel is threatened by bubble-riding, simple megahops...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (848) - SWEDEN - APR 29, 2003
A long lasting soft head in a very hoppy ale with balanced sweetness and a deep long lasting aroma. Lots of flavors here, lingering in my mouth, making me satisfied and happy.

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