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


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RATINGS: 976   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 2003-06-24, Bottle, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Amber color. Smooth, good body structure, pleasant, with some malt and quite good hop, strong caramel character. Light cardboard in the nose and light metal taste.

2004-11-30, Keg, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Amber color. Malty and cheesy aroma. Very good malty body, quite sweet, with good hops (quite aromatic).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, honey-red with a light, white foam head. Aroma holds some sugar, lightly ripened fruits. Medium sweet flavor with more semi-ripe fruits, berries, golden raisins, lightly toasted sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly sticky sweet finish, with lightly toasted sugars, faint bread, cherries, pears, plums, golden raisins. It’s a pretty straight-ahead English Strong Ale. Not too much alcohol, which is pretty alright. Decent depth. As a readily available beer, it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (16903) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2003
Golden with a nice head, quite carbonated. Aroma is sweet but also from grass.Flavor is sour like a typical ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16708) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle. My 400th beer to be rated and not a bad choice. Orange/copper colour with nettle and pepper hop aroma. Caramel/toffee flavours, caramel and hop continue throughout with hoppy pepper finish. Although 6,5% the strength doesn’t overawe it. Pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Bottle. Lightly hazy, amber color with very low cream-white head. Low carbonation in the glass, but some of the beer came out of the bottle when I opened it. Fruity aroma. The taste is fruity, with some alcohol in the middle, and a long, bitter aftertaste. (050920)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16111) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden and slightly hazy. Aroma and taste are malt, hops, grass and notes of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (15947) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 171211

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (15611) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
Bottle conditioned
Typical ale outlook: hazy copper brown and steady creamy white head. Fresh flowery hop aroma. Well-balanced malty body with bitter hop finish. This is the quality ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (15324) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
50 cl bottle. BB January 08. Pours amber orange with a lovely full white head. Aroma has malts, caramel, buiscuit. Medium bodied. Taste is of dusty old malts & fruits. Close to be over the top & also very ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15028) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle, 6.4%. Nice aroma, sweet and spicy hops with a hint of sour rag. Almost clear copper colour. Big, stable white head. The flavour has some of the same characteristics as the aroma. Good bitterness. Caramel finish.

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