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


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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14288) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14044) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - 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 14/20
harrisoni (13737) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13598) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13575) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2001
It’s good, but I don’t see the greatness. The chewy malt and earthy hops just don’t quite come together for me. A lot of good flavours, but they seem to fight each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12548) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a golden brown with a medium beige creamy head. Great flavor with a nice cramy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Clear light copper body, with quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma dominated by caramel and toffee maltiness, with slight English hoppy aroma bringing up the rear. Flavor is malty sweet, with decent amount of hoppiness -- still, sweetness is a bit much. Chewy body.

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