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


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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChewyBeer (198) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2008
1pt bottle: pours light amber color with a nice head that very slowly disapears. Mild hop flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
1pt 0.9oz bottle from Bayville Package Store, Fenwick Island, DE...amber pour, white head...aroma of malts, hops, floral...taste is hops, citrus, grass, bit metallic...really good, but the aftertaste was like wet sponge...I think I got too much sediment off the bottom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2002
Excellent beer! This must rank as the best Youngs beer i’ve had (close with double choc stout!). Its strong without being overwhelming. To me, it’s perfectly balanced, and finished with delightful toffee flavours. It look so inviting, with its dark golden colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2003
Copper red, sparkling, thick beige creamy head. Malty, fresh, flowery nose. Medium body, bit dry, creamy. Bitter, caramel-like malty, sweet. Sweet, bitter, dry and prettty long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Light amber with white head. Beautiful presentation of english hop balances the smooth sweet malt. Easy finish. Yet another perfectly balanced beer from England. PNW- PAY ATTENTION!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Cellar temp. Metalic aroma. Clear and copper with a frothy white head. Slightly sweet and rather malty. Finish is very mild bitterness with a residual dry malt extract like effect. As average as average can be, but take this with a grain of salt: it is 5 months past it’s best before date. Must be a long ride to Kentucky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
aroma of malts and hops and banana’s. light brown almost amber color with a thin head. the flavor is great with a malt/hop combo that left me wanting more. palate was very smooth and left a slight bitter after thought. I must be careful with this one, could polish of a lot of these quick!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Olala! Extremly dry and bitter finish. Quite pale color. Hops dominate in this tasty pale ale. Could easily be mistaken as an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
Aroma: Lovely hops with that malty note just there to beg the next whiff... Appearance: Amber with a huge white head which lasts and lasts Flavor: Just intriguing, starts with a malty sweetness to replaced with English Hop flavors Palate: Very light on the tongue, almost dances along to a delightfuly sharp bite in the finish yummm Overall: For me with this beer characterises the charm of old world style beers... time just makes the magic deeper and better... get a few.. taste them as the bottle ages...

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