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

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RATINGS: 980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


lembeek's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lembeek (143) - - JAN 18, 2013
Ambrata, velata. Schiuma bianca persistente. Aroma di malto, prugne, caramello. Attacco dolce, con buona acidità. Amaro percettibile. Finale secco


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedE (849) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2016
500ml bottle. "Serve at 10-12 degrees Celcius", so I leave it outside on a winter Sydney night and...voila! Nose is peppery sweet malt. Looks amazing, beautiful copper colour with solid white head. Fine and steady carbonation. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, I expected a fuller body. Taste is clean and bitter. Finishes with caramel, fruit, biscuit, banana, bit of pepper and a late touch of alcohol. Wonderfully balanced beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (409) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Clear, copper coloured body and a creamy tan head. Aroma is slightly malty, some orange zest and spices. Clean, fresh taste, somewhat bitter but it’s pretty easy and doesn’t hit you as hard with pale ales. Ends in a slightly malty finish. Slick mouthfeel, decent body, low carbonatin and very smooth. Quite nice ale overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (4156) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle from Bargain Booze, Whitby. Bright golden coloured with no real head. It has a sweet, floral melon, pine, toffee and passion fruit flavour followed by a gentle earthy and smooth caramel finish. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (6050) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2016
light metalich aroma,amber, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long light hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Druss (16) - Goulburn, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2016
Low carbonation, minimal head retention. Malty caramel, detecting some banana. Slightly sweet, quite light on though for a 6.4%. Not much bitterness. Medium body, thin texture got to say it’s not one I’d buy again. Not bad...the candied fruit and touch of almost Christmas cake gives it a lift but...not totally sold on it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1846) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle 50cl. poured into a teku glass. Slightly hazy orange amber, tall creamy off-white head, good retention, heavy lacing; aroma sweet malts, caramel, orange, tangerine, yeast; fresh taste, medium sweet and bitter, fruity (orange, peach, raspberry) also retronasal, toffee, floral hops, light spicy notes; long duration becoming more and more bitter leading to a fruity sweetbitter finish, lingering light hoppy spices; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; very fresh, delicate and well-balanced, excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (933) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Copenhagen 1/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Føtex. A lot of Gibberish and a goat on the label. Pours slightly hazy orange amber with white head. Settles as patches of foam after a minute. Aroma is sweet and tart at the same time. Caramel meeting citric fruits. Fizzy carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is on the sweet side. Medium bitterness in the aftertaste. Not unforgettable but decent enough.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
I_LUV_BEER (117) - - APR 29, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden colour with a thick head leaving lots of lacing behind. Aroma is a complex combination of malt, caramel, bread, yeast, citrus hops. Taste is malts, caramel and citrus hops. Medium body with creamy texture. Absolutely wonderful stuff!!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niller (1341) - Hammel, DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
Bottle from Bilka. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma and taste is malt, hint of caramel, fruits, spice. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AVLarsen (95) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Bottle. Both malty and hoppy. A bit heavy on alcohol taste. A very nice beer for lunch.


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