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

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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
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 (142) - - JAN 18, 2013
Ambrata, velata. Schiuma bianca persistente. Aroma di malto, prugne, caramello. Attacco dolce, con buona acidità. Amaro percettibile. Finale secco


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (296) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2014
Very nice. Aroma is pears, cooking apples, wood, honey, fruity yeast, touch of alcohol. Taste is same with slight tannin/spicy notes, hop bitterness, metallic finish. Honey becomes more dominant near the end of the bottle. Mouthfeel: It’s thin, but the interplay between the creaminess on the top of the palate, a slight resiny oiliness in the middle, and the metallic edge round the perimeter of your cakehole - or "mouth", if you will - all conspire to make this very more-ish drop feel a lot thicker than it is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (285) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2014
Pours a hazy red caramel with a creamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity british yeast, floral hops and honey. Fruity mouth feel with low carbonation. Aftertaste is floral, caramel, honey, alcohol and lingering noble hop bitterness. Overall: nice. Complex and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoltonDK (522) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2014
Bottle in the garden. Malty nose, noble hops ? Clear amber color, creamy white head. Malt backbone, medium body, soft bubbles, woddy, spicy, grassy. :) Bolton Brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sissio (417) - Orsenigo, ITALY - APR 21, 2014
Clear golden copper with cream-orange head. Malts with some caramel and hint of winy, orange zest and herbaceous from hops. Lovely balanced sweet and aromatic hoppy bitterness. Fruity (apricots, red orange peel), malts with a hint of caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
terefere (147) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours copper, sparkling, nice frothy head, some lacing. Weak aroma of yeast, malts, flowers, caramel, alcohol. Taste: caramel, malts, yeast, hint of roast, citrus, fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
k0mpsa (948) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from drinka shop, tallinn. Clear reddish bronze, white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, some sweetness. Nicely crisp but sweet malty body, fruity and hint of lemon.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (366) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2014
0,5L bottle, 01.08.2014. Pours murky copper with off white head. The head stays. Aroma is malt and flowers. Taste is caramel sweetness, fresh fruits, and light bitterness. Overall: nicely balanced, very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzgorog (171) - FRANCE - APR 5, 2014
Ambrée orangée avec un col de mousse dense et persistente. Nez de miel et d’oranges confites, petit côté floral. EN bouche, moyenne amère, légèrement sucrée, texture liquoreuse, toujours des notes de fruits confits (surtout orange) et de résineux. Très bien !

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
azzie (59) - - MAR 28, 2014
Liquid is clear, color of honey, minimal head. Average carbonation. Full body. Very bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (243) - CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
Clear golden color, thin white head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma is mats, honey, some frutiness, caramel, hops. Medium sweet, medium bitter taste. Nicely balanced. Very good.


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