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


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RATINGS: 955   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Salisbury, Covent Garden, London. Brownish color. More hops than anything else. Not much to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 14, 2003
murky light brown pour. small white head. smells good, nice and hoppy. a really quality bitter but could be more balanced. still a quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Nice ale from Young & Co. This is a very English ale. The hops are present, though not over the top and the malt is likewise. Nice malty sweetness balanced with some hop bitterness. There is some alcoholic warmth here as well. Be glad to drink some more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 5, 2003
Golden honey body with hints of red. Head is white, and medium thick. Smell is faintly sweet, spicy and hoppy. Taste is also pleasantly hoppy with an interesting array of spices that intermingle nicely with candied-malt and alcohol flavors. Aftertaste is dry and hoppy. A good seasonal ale. I'm just wishing now that I had waited until winter to drink it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 This is one of my favorite ales. It has a warm, medium tint, and is very carbonated. Reminds me of Chimay’s ales, though with a very slight, smoky flavor. And it gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
up there with fuller's 1845. not to be confused with youngs special. think belgian ale meets english coast. really really nice balance, strong enough to make you smile, and smooth and dry enough to demand another and encourage others

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2003
Strong smell, okay. Malty, some fruits, bit floral, sweet and hoppy. Orange brown coloured; clear. Good head doesn't last. Taste is moderate bitter, sweet, hoppy, malts and fruits. Well balanced taste. Bitter palate. Good brew, but imo overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
draught - nice orangey gold color with small lasting head. Hopped up for a Brittish ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2003
I cannot see why this is so highly rated. Dirt brown. Sweet and malty with unpleasant notes of nearly rotten fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Amber hue with virtually no head, medium-bodied. Moderate hoppy aroma of orange, cassis, and flowers. Hint of roasted malt, banana, and light yeast as well. Knockout flavor with great balance, smoky and sweet with hops kicking in during the finish, nice. Oily and soft mouthfeel, light alcoholic feel. Appearance is only skin deep but this beer is beautiful to the bone (or at least to the palate). Highly recommended.

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