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

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RATINGS: 901   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11607) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11581) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11364) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
A malt aroma, and the hops aren’t that noticeable. Hazy apricot color, little head. Begins with llight malt, finishes with a bit of citrus and pine. Nearly chewy. Light carbonation. Really, really smooth feel. Finishes with a hint of citrus and toasty malt. Could drink this all day.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (11335) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11331) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber’/golden with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, bitter, little caramel, little citrus and dry.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11258) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
Cloudy golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of grassy hops with fruity notes. Dry and hoppy flavour with a touch of alcohol

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11205) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Irma, Industriens Hus, Cph.
Pours hazy golden amber with a fine, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, lots of malts, some toffee and good flowery hops. Medium carbonation, fine, lightly dry mouthfeel. Flavour is wonderful. Lots of toffee, a bit of burnt caramel, good, dryish flowery bitterness. A touch of metal perhaps, but the beer is maybe just served a tad too cold. Long, lingering aftertaste with a heacy hops presence. This is really enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11175) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
16.9oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is light/medium malt, yeast, maybe some faint fruit-pear/citrus, then piney. Taste is light/medium malt-toffee that gives way quickly to spicy/earthy hops, some fruit, some alcohol. Good effervescence. Occasional.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11026) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head.Aroma is hop and roasted caramel. Flavour is hop, sweet roasted caramel. Light bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10950) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber hue with large off-white head. Good full aroma. Medium body and medium finish. Full flavor with good bitter finish. Well above average brew.


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