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

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RATINGS: 976   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Upon opening this bottle-conditioned ale, the first whiff reminds me of a smoky, musty British pub. I’m thinking, "G’day Guvn’r" A definite toffee taste. Full, rich ale with perfectly balanced Goldings hops. Decent alcohol, but not overpowering. Sweet, pasty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Dominant honey nose. Very sweey, syrupy. Carmely, thin body. Not too impressive. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Mostly imbalanced toward the sweet end of the spectrum, though. I used to love this beer before I knew better.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2008
Pours with a snowy white, nicely lingering head, strong aroma of malts fighting through the fluff...this beer to look at is slightly lighter than I would normally go for but was swayed by the bottle conditioned tag on the bottle and was rewarded by the toffee and caramel in the mouth, it has real complexity with lots of different things but not one overpowering

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nurmis (220) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2016
500ml bottle from alko. Pours hazy orange with small creamy little tanned head. Aroma is malty caramel, little bit of yeast and some fruity notes. Really light sweetness, medium to heavy bitterness. Finish is nice and enjoyable. Nice texture, average carbonation. Remind me of bitters, good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Large creamy white head on pale golden-yellow body. Malty aroma with fruit notes - cherry. Fruity flavor with lots of cherry on a malty base. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2008
Hazy orange color. Off white, creamy and lacy head. Nice, quite dry aroma with fruits and nice aromatic flowery hops. Flavor is dry, a bit caramel malty and nicely hoppy. Aftertaste is grassy. Medium-bodied and bit carbonated palate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Medium brown color. Lighter than I expected. Rich flavour, heavily hopped, a little thinner than I expected. Very cleansing. Dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Good malty aroma with a firm hop aroma and fruity esters coming through. Clear orange amber color with a cream colored head with good lacing. Good sweet caramel malt flavor with a good balance of hop flavor and bitterness. This was an excellent beer that reminded me more of an english IPA than a strong ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clockk (211) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2015
Olor escaso. Buen cuerpo. Poca espuma sin consistencia. Sabor ligero pero amargo. Esta bien.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2006
hazy orange with large white head. musty aroma. Sharp hops up front and all the way through. Long bitterness. Palate kind of thin.


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