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


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RATINGS: 894   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
This hazy amber ale has a rich frothy head with some lacing. The nose is lightly honeyed with rich bready sweetness and a hint of spiciness (anis?). The palate is unique with black licorice (perhaps horehound) and a yeasty, honeyed background. The finish is lightly spicy with an afterthought of citrusy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crispi (106) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2011
bottle. pours slightly hazy, minimal head, some lace. orange amber, aroma of caramel malt with slight orange citrus, with hint of bubblegum or banana. sweet taste, with long sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - APR 19, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blockley (104) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle @ home

A rather wonderful beer, very rewarding and certainly worth buying. Pours a lovely hazy amber with a pillowy white head, which lasts for some time. The aroma is hoppy and fruity, pleasant. The flavour is comprised mostly of bitter hops and a hint of caramel. A full and refreshing beer, complex and very rewarding. Really the only bad thing about it is a very slightly watery mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
The color is a brown orange mix with an off white fluffy foam. It smell of sweet malts, and a slight fresh hoppy smell along with a hint of toffee. Taste is a little disapointing from what I expected but that did not diminish the enjoyment of this warming malty brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mcbertola (103) - BRAZIL - OCT 1, 2013
Cerveja muito boa. Amargor marcante, coloração laranja, espuma densa. Sabor seco amargo típico de cerveja britânica encorpada. Vale a pena saborear. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Hazy gold colored ale with a orange tint. Nice big off white head that diminishes quickly. Big sweet aroma. Bitter taste with a pleasantly crisp and dry finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
onehotsexychic (101) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Must be another bad beer night because this is just not good!!! I should have just gone home...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2004
An excellent Strong Ale. Sweet and then again not too sweet. Has a brownish color, with a longlasting, creamy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
This is an ok ESB, appearance is great and the mouthfeel is nice and creamy. But the smell is plain and uninteresting, and the taste left a lot to be desired. The malt was balanced by some bitterness but not much there. The hops only served to balance with some bitterness, some raisin-like flavors were detected but nothing that I found overly interesting. It is by no means bad in fact the great mouthfeel made this quite a satisfying experience

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