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


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RATINGS: 905   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 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 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 (113) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a frothy head and a nice lace. Nice malt taste with a hint of toffee. Somewhat sweet finish. The alcohol is hidden very nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Pours a clear copper with a rich light tan head. Lovely aroma of rose, cherries, orange, and faint hops. Crisp and broad on the palate. It tastes of orange, english toffee, moderate hops, and woody cherry, a hint of sweetness, but thoroughly dry. This tastes like a true English offering should ;)

   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 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.

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