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

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RATINGS: 972   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.


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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niller (1238) - 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 (84) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Bottle. Both malty and hoppy. A bit heavy on alcohol taste. A very nice beer for lunch.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (259) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 9, 2016
A golden medium-bodied ale, with almost no aroma, but it has a very good spicy hop flavour. Malty taste, with light sweetness and medium bitterness. Tasty and drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ken1 (1596) - DENMARK - APR 1, 2016
Aroma: fruity sweet with malt. Flavour: fruity sweetness with caramel and a dry bitter finish. Colour: brown amber with an offwhite head. From: Bilka Tilst Apr. 2016

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Xavalias (280) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle from supermarket. Pours orange-amber with little head. The aroma is fruity, malty, with hints of caramel. Some hops in the finish. The taste is light to medium sweet with a nice bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinte (475) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle 0.5L. Clear amber body with average, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting with some nice lacing. Moderate malty (caramel) and hoppy (some citrus) aroma with light notes of spices. Moderate sweet flavour with light-to-moderate bitterness more evident in the finish. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1885) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 15, 2016
Solid as ever. Drinks a little under its 6.4% but the slightly heavy malts drive some weight with toffee and baked fruits. Nice mineral and talcum powder streak running through the mid palate. Even at $7 a bottle I reckon these are very good value.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
evannell (489) - - MAR 12, 2016
Wszystko, co powinien mieć w sobie typowy, nieamerykański Ale. Słodowa podbudowa, niemal kremowa. I mnóstwo nieagresywnego chmielu. naprawdę klasyk.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamwitsta (511) - POLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Aroma: a bit faint and not very specific; some malts, some hops, a whiff of alcohol; a little bit like a German lager. Appearance: golden brown; clear; head large and stable. Taste: bittersweet, just a bit sour. Palate: body medium or below; carbonation average; mouth feel spicy; finish faintly bitter, a little spicy. Overall: nice enough, nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Bouteille. Nez malté de caramel doux et assez léger de toffee et de bonbon, de houblon herbeux et légèrement terreux et légèrement fruité (agrumes et abricots légers) avec de légères notes de noix. Mince-moyenne en bouche. Goût sec de malt légèrement croustillant (mais peu sucré) avec un pic amer de houblon terreux (floral avec très léger pamplemousse) avec un très léger goût fruité (agrumes, notes de cerises et d’abricots) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté de caramel légèrement sucré qui tourne progressivement vers un malt légèrement plus rôti (toffee) puis finalement, une amertume de houblon herbeux revient s’étaler jusqu’en arrière-goût avec des notes de noix. Arrière-goût court et sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux aux petites notes citriques. [notes 2006]


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