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


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RATINGS: 943   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Rich golden, almost amber color with a creamy tan head that slowly settles into a landscape of hills and valleys. Body is lightly carbonated and speckled with small bubbles that rise slowly. As the head settles, patterns of intricate lace are revealed around the rim of the glass. Aroma is fresh but sour; malt and yeast dominate the aroma while suble undertones of, alcohol, cherry, sweet fruit, almonds, and a variety of hops appear throughout the nose. Flavor is a bit off. Mostly malt with a bit of hops and a bit of alcohol in the finish. While this beer’s aroma is somewhat complex its palate is not. Overall, this is the kind of beer that I like to try out and then leave for a while. A store shelf oddity, to be revisited some day when I feel in the mood for something different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2007
Nice pour out of the bottle. Dark amber color with a flaky white head. Malty, fruity and somewhat bitter it has a very smooth aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden so be careful. Close to being a great ale, just felt like it was missing something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mross (169) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle. Deep copper orange with a foamy white head. Very fruit hop aroma of apricot and peach with caramel malt . Flavour is fruity - predominantly apricot but with some banana. Some sweetness of caramel and nutty-like flavours, changing to a tangy sourness. Bitterness is quite sharp and the finish is dry. Full bodied. Hmm...really like this but something just wasn’t right with the balance. The flavours don’t come together all that well. Despite that....still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (168) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 12, 2015
Dominant hops aroma, fruity taste, very nice delicately cloudy orange color, small ring of white head. Good carbonation. Full delight, never bored.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2004
I wasnt too impressed by the this english stong ale. Didnt taste very good, and it has too much head. I wouldnt waste my money on this beer again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
Pours a nice light amber orange with a fast fading head that leaves lacing.I noticed a malty sweet nose during the pour. Tastes starts very sweet and surgery,with toffee and earth.The middle milds out a little to a real great beer the typical british ale, with flora hops and a sweetness blended with pepper.,but then that flavour is lost to the bittering hops and a slightly out of place tang.Still all in all a good beer. nice body and easy to drink,I will try this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle 500ml. Pours a fine amber with a good white head. Has a kind of zesty, candyfloss aroma. The flavour surprised me, as it was a little ordinary. A little bitter sweetness coming through but lacking a good hoppy kick. Definitely some floral, orangey flavours in there. A medium mouthfeel. Not as lively as I was expecting. This is certainly a drinkable pint but it is, I feel, somewhat overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meireteixeira (159) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 2, 2015
Cor bronze, brilhante. Espuma boa e de média persistência. Aroma Herbalife é frutas secas. Paladar lúpulo e condimentos. Retrogosto amargo e seco. Esperava mais.....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2004
(5 Oct 04) Poured carefully this beer is clear, bronze in colour, with a off-white head. It has a hoppy aroma and a lightly sweet body with notes of spice and golden syrup. The palate is soft and bitter but the sweetness hangs on until the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Very nice after an ice cream sandwich. Dry and complex, malty - finishes with a typical grainy, astringant, slightly hoppy english wonderfulness. Seems I like SOME english styles quite a bit. Almost trappisty. Recommended.

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