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

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RATINGS: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2002
Like others experienced a lot of the contents was lost when the beer was opened. Might be because of the bottle conditioning. What do I know! Has a beautiful orange colour with a somewhat boring head. The aroma is wery fruity and malty. Has a nice bitter flavour, where the alcahol is dominant. In the aftertaste there is this great bitterness and I have notes of apples. Very pleasant acquaintance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (11003) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, malt, yeast and banana.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (10906) - 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).

2.7
   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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10878) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (10864) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10557) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10411) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10357) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Cherry, toffee malt, and mild pine hops aroma. Hazy amber with large head. Light cherry and toffee malt flavor with a mild hops finish. A bit light finish but nice drinkable beer.

3.5
   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.


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