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


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RATINGS: 876   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.
Youngs Special London Ale is the UKs 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 16/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Huge head overflow. Had this with Marinaro500 and the loss was a tragedy. From what we had left there was a bitter fruity taste with banana, pear, and apple. Some spice in the middle. Youngs is continuing to grow on me. Update 12/25/05: Still same feelings as above, but after much more sampling Id say the overall impression has lessened. Still, the hop presence really took me back, and balanced out with some nice fruit flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
We lost 2/3rds of the bottle upon opening it! It fountained out like children on the last day of school! It went everywhere except into our glasses! We were left with 2inches in our pint glasses and 4 inches of thick off-white head. I noticed the floaties in the puddle on the countertop. The remaining ale was fruity and bitter. Silky smooth to drink! I will pick up some more to re-rate,but enjoyed the tiny bit I managed to catch .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Amber hue. Sweet malt nose. Awesome malts, banana, orange peel, medium bodied. Hops come through in the end. Decent brew from Young's.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2002
Excellent beer! This must rank as the best Youngs beer ive had (close with double choc stout!). Its strong without being overwhelming. To me, its perfectly balanced, and finished with delightful toffee flavours. It look so inviting, with its dark golden colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Clear, amber colored. Nice slightly off white head. Nose is malty, slightly citric, floral hops and more. Soft body, gentle carbonation, vinous mouthfeel, heady malt backbone with tons of hops, floral, perfumy and then bitter to finish it. Can definitley tell there were more then one kind used. A first rate english ale....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2002
This is a good ale. I recently shared a single with my brother and we both really enjoyed the flavor of this ale. This is a nice surprise, much better than I anticipated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Great interplay between the hops bitterness and the malty sweetness. Full body. Nice golden color. Seems like a perfectly balanced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Clear light copper body, with quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma dominated by caramel and toffee maltiness, with slight English hoppy aroma bringing up the rear. Flavor is malty sweet, with decent amount of hoppiness -- still, sweetness is a bit much. Chewy body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Malty sweet, very slightly caramel aroma with some hoppiness. Deep golden brown color. Sweet flavor without much complexity, though there is some fruity sweetness in the beginning and some slightly bitter hoppiness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 30, 2002
quite tasty. seems like belgian yeast. pretty fruity

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