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


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RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Special London Ale
Date: 09/05/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

Clear amber, whispy head, sweet malty aroma, sweet malt flavor, touch of spicy hops, nice character, just a hint of bitterness in the finish
-------- /> Name: Special London Ale
Date: 03/20/2007
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 2.4 to 2.7

clear amber, creamy beige head, thick lace, light floral hop aroma, crisp dry caramel malt flavor with spicy hops, just a touch of sweetness from the rich malt, light bitterness lasts into the finish, a nice blend of flavors makes a very drinkable but not too exciting beer

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10771) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 23, 2000
amber colour, deep bitter, orange and nut aroma, complex flavor, great bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10403) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Clear deep golden with tiny white head. Sweet fruity with floral hops, caramel and malty notes. Ends mild bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a golden orange colour with a big rather short lasting white head. Fruity bit caramellic and malty aroma. Flavour is fresh and fruity, dry, malty and with a slight spiciness. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Lake Tahoe clear, deep amber brew with a light orange tint. Small, frothy, enamel-colored head. Quickly diminishes and leaves no lacework. The nose is malty and sweet with notes of English toffee, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is laden with fuzzy fruit (peach and apricot), caramel and alcohol up front. Nice, well-bittered hop presence on the backside. Moderately astringent as well. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, moderately bitter and alcoholic finish. I enjoyed this brew! Not what I would consider a world-class effort, but very good nonetheless!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Red amber with a nice, golden head, that leaves a nice lace. The aroma is fruity, hoppy and malty and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavour is big with a lot of notes: roasted malt, toffee, some licorice, fermented apple, other fruits, hops, sweetness, a hint of port wine and a nice bitterness in the long and slightly burnt finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9856) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, peach and grassy hops. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
refreshing ale. Not that bitter. Seems to be offset by substantial malt, as noticed in aroma of head along with fragrant forest of hops, although less so in the drink itself. Features of a nutbrown in an amber colour. Bitterness and nuttiness and malt in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9535) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 29, 2006
Bottle 500ml. Bottle conditioned (bb.26.05.06). Clear golden coloured body under a dense creamy head, slowly fading. Caramel aroma. Rich roasted malt and sweet orange fruit in a rounded flavour. A bit yeasty both in the initial and end. Light hoppy bitterness is also present in a moderate lingering finish (28.04.2006).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9485) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle: Slightly hazy, bronze coloured, mid-sized white head, sticking to the glass; malty and orangey hop aroma; dry moderate bitter flavour, mellow MF; dry, long lasting orangey, again, and bitter aromatic finish. Very well done.......

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