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


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RATINGS: 910   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. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2004
500 ml brown bottle. Clear amber with white gold head. Miniscule carbonation and no lacing. Spicy toffee nose-I didn’t get the hops. Lovely brandy fruit flavour with ginger notes but never sweet. Nice full mouthfeel with fruity bitter finish. A lovely beer which is surprisingly easy to drink considering its potency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2005
Amber with fine lasting white head leaving lacings. Slight fog that dissapears as the beer warms. Orange and pine aroma. Sweet malty flavour balanced by oragngy hops. Smooth full mouthfeel. Finishing with a long lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bibendum (117) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2012
Birra soddisfacente. Non č propriamente una bitter in quanto la componente dolce non č in secondo piano. Il colore č biondo scuro tendente al rosso, con una schiuma corposa. L’aroma unisce alla frutta tipica delle ale inglesi un intenso sentore di luppolo Fuggle, tendente all’anice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
up there with fuller's 1845. not to be confused with youngs special. think belgian ale meets english coast. really really nice balance, strong enough to make you smile, and smooth and dry enough to demand another and encourage others

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctiry (116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 18, 2014
Nice Ale. Brown colour. Caramel malts, floral citrus hoppiness. Some sweetnes in the light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2007
bottled poured (355ml). Marked best before oct 5, 2005 (so a good year and a half ago). Even so, this beer poured was really good. Poured a rich, hazy deep amber color with very little head. What head there was was gone quickly with little lacing. The beer has a nice hazy flavor that fades to a subtle caramel finish. Really easy to drink. Now I need to find one that is not so f-ing old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2001
Remember what Poe wrote? ’Fill with mingled cream and amber,/I will drain that glass again.’ He probably had something like this in mind. It is as poetic as Poe’s best. The balance of malt, bitterness, hops, and caramel is wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2006
25 0z bottle.Pours a dark amber with a nice head.Aromas of sweet malt and citrus with plenty of hops.A rich full bodied well balanced brew that is neither too sweet nor too bitter.A very good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2003
Golden copper in colour, a whole bouquet of flowers in the nose and a perfect blend of malt and hops in the finish. 6,4 is a bit too strong for me but it is well hidden among all the flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Wow. A truely pleasant combination of IPA with mild. A nice amber almost orange color, mild carbonation, stong bitterness, a little bit of toffee, it keeps you coming back for more.

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