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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 949   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


growler's rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
bottle. orange pour with a long lasting white, lasting head. Light aroma of malt, light apricot, tobaco leaf and tea. Light malt flavor mixed with black tea . a tad bit on the musty side. Semi-dry finish.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pijepiwo (209) - - AUG 29, 2015
Piwo zmetnione, ladna obfita piana. Barwa złota Armat Słodki ciasteczkowy, w smaku po poczatkowej slodyczy kontra delikatnej goryczki. Wysycenie srednie

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RodrigoPacheco (99) - - AUG 25, 2015
Uma Strong Ale bem equilibrada e saborosa. Mantém a tradição do estilo e representa muito bem a proposta do amargor.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (925) - Ząbki, POLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Aromat: wyraźnie estrowy (śliwki, pomarańcze), słodki, słodowy (ciaskowo- karmelowy) z lekką nutą metaliczną.

Wygląd: barwa głębokiego złota do pomarańczowej, zgaszona. Piana w kolorze ecru, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, obfita i trwała.

Smak: wyraźna słodycz, posmaki drożdżowe, owocowe, herbatnikowe i spora chmielowa kontra. Jest też przeszkadzająca metaliczność. Goryczka w okolicach średniej, ale w połączeniu z metalicznością sprawia niemiłe, szczypiące wrażenie. Jest także zbyt długa. Średnia do krągłej pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i słodowy finisz. Mocno przeciętne.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (268) - ITALY - AUG 16, 2015
Ambra carico con ampio cappello di schiuma pannosa e molto persistente. Aroma di malto. Al palato malto e sentori erbacei. Buono il corpo e la carbonazione.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5372) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2015
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BB 25/06/16, from Alko, 20150815) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, earth and mildly caramel. Palate was medium carbonation with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, earth, grass, molasses, caramel and bitterness. Aftertaste had malts, earth and bitterness. A nice malty brew with rather strong English hop flavours.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3600) - FINLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Ambery clear. Malty, slight sweet nutty, fine earthyness. Med bodied, malty sweets. Very flavourful. Malty.

-- bb

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (1736) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 27, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy amber color, topped with a quite decent white frothy head. Malty aroma, some caramel and bready notes, and some fruity feel as well. Taste starts with some sweetness, a bit of caramel and bread. Fair hoppy bitterness in the finish. Fine

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtu71 (312) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Big long-lasting white head. Chrystal clear pale amber. Fruity aroma. Strong, malty, bitter, fudge.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Toomio (348) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Mökinjälkeiskalja. Whiplash ja vaari käymässä. Ihan ok keskitien kalja. Perus perus on tämä

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
panzerwolf (201) - FINLAND - JUL 25, 2015
A very hoppy taste, touch of bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Grassy taste with herbal traces, a spicy taste that appears a bit later. A very pleasant beer indeed!


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