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


on tap

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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber golden color with a average frothy mostly lasting white head. Aroma is moderate malty and hoppy, fruity, spices. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a lacing white head. Fruity to spiced hops and light malty aroma. Flavour is mildly spiced but mainly sweet caramel malt. A light fruity hops note appears before the finish. Goes rather dry and bitter into the finish, mild wood note too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34350) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2003
A light nutbrown/dark amber beer with a fine head. It has a nice sweet fruity aroma with notes of alcohol. The flavor is strong of a good malt blend - with a nice medium sweetness and a really nice bitterness, that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Draft at DBF 2005. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of fruits, grass and hops. Flavour of fruits, grass and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Bottled. Reddish golden colour, small white head. Hoppy aroma with fruitish/caramellish hints. Bitter caramellish sweet taste, in an unpleasant (or even horrible) way. Not much aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Deliciously light brown with a lovely, creamy head. Very full body. Nutty - almost sherryish - flavours and a pronounced bitter finish. Very nice brew indeed. 151000

(Bottle 50 cl) As "Millennium Edition" - same thing. 7/4/7/3/14=3,5 240901

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23483) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2002
Nut brown. Big, nice, dry orangey hop aroma. Loads of chewy malt, very bitter finish. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Clear copper colour with a small off-white head. Malty fruity aroma. Malty hoppy flavor. Leaving you with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
13th December 2008. Hazy gold brown beer. Creamy malt with a nice crisp hop profile that provides some dark orange but no bitterness. This blends well with malt providing some additional orange cream flavour. Dry finish. A pleasant surprise!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle at home... copper colour ... stunning fruity lime hop nose ... awsome full rich sweet malt caramel little lime... Almost a barley wine... This is definitly the best Youngs beer ive ever had

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