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

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RATINGS: 986   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Nice golden color with a weak white head that dissipated quickly. aroma of orange, toffee, caramel, some muskiness, and a faint bit of malt. Beautiful floral taste, with hints of strawberry, nectarine, and a slight bit of lime and some bitterness. Delicious. Nice carbonation and moutheel. Very balanced and a joy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Spicy, fresh hop aroma. Pours clear copper, medium foamy white head. Delicious - caramel malts, zingy, spicy hops, citrus flavours, long smooth finish. Superb.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChewyBeer (243) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 7, 2015
Pours clear amber with slight head. Nose with notes of bread and citrus. Nice medium full mouthfeel. Bready malt flavours followed up by decent bitterness. Nice ale

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alexus (241) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2011
0,5l bottle. Pours a nice medium head, dark copper in color. Aromas of fruits hops, grass/straws. Balanced. Medium body. A good british ale.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Malty sweet, very slightly caramel aroma with some hoppiness. Deep golden brown color. Sweet flavor without much complexity, though there is some fruity sweetness in the beginning and some slightly bitter hoppiness in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - APR 19, 2002
Nice bitter taste, marked hoppiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerNinjaUK (239) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2016
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours slightly cloudy amber with deep frothy head. Aroma mostly malty with some fruitiness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Nice golden color and clean, hoppy aroma. The taste is bitter as expected but not too much so by any means, and malty caramel notes make for a nice finish. This gets even smoother when it warms a bit, with some sweetness and maybe even a little really hoppy citrus. I would have thought the ABV to be higher than it is, mainly because of the warming effect. Overall, my favorite of this style and one I try to have whenever possible!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2010
A clear brown / dark amber beer with a large long lasting white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Strong fruity malt flavours with a nice bitter finish. Great beer. - 500mm brown bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cardofab (235) - Teramo- ITALY, ITALY - MAY 13, 2012
Birra assolutamente godibile e di grande bevibilità. Tanto luppolo ma anche aromi fruttati/erbacei e leggermente caramellati. Un must nel suo stile.


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