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

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RATINGS: 935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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.


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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
500 ml. glass bottle best before date Sept. 21, ‘07 sampled Nov. 13, ‘07- color of translucent honey, with a thick long lasting off white colored head - nose of mild hops, some sweat, and oats – taste of sharp honey, mild bitterness, light fruits, and apricots- body is medium, and sharp, and with high carbonation – aftertaste of mild hops, slightly bitter, and apricots


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (428) - - JUL 6, 2015
Pours dark haze golden, almost dark amber, colour with tiny off-white head. Slow rising bubbles. Aroma without presence of an alcohol, with fruity notes of hops- esters- of oranges, avocado, plums, bananas... Also you can detect fenol- cloves. Taste is also without presence of an alcohol. Firstly dominate notes of malts. It is sweet, with bitter finish. Malt sweetness is medium, hop bitterness also. Body is soft mouth-coating. Very good English ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Cask pour at Khyber Pass. Slightly hazy medium amber with a large frothy/soapy head. Gently carbonated. Medium bodied. Bready flavors with a modest amount of grassy floral hops. Croissants with apricot jam. Straw. Honeycomb. Golden plums. Toasted Challah. Cammomille. Raw sugar. Clementines. Lilacs. Chanterelles. Slightly spicy but well rounded finish. More complex than anticipated. The cask draft opens up the flavors quite a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clockk (140) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2015
Olor escaso. Buen cuerpo. Poca espuma sin consistencia. Sabor ligero pero amargo. Esta bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (256) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 22, 2015
Cerveja alaranjada,espuma cremosa alta e duradoura;aroma cítrico aparecendo casca de laranja,abacaxi,com malte e um leve caramelo ao fundo;sabor agridoce,embora os lúpulos cítricos continuem em destaque ao um perfeito equilíbrio com a base maltada,corpo médio,final seco,frutado e com suave amargor,refrescante e gostosa convidando para um novo gole. Boa cerveja de uma boa cervejaria.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChewyBeer (147) - 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

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1162) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
Ambar bonito, clara pero no del todo. Espuma contenida y no muy duradera aunque deja película. Aroma ligero. Entre frutal y caramelo. En boca es fantástica. Lo tiene todo. Cuerpo, cremosidad, punto de carbonatacion, calor alcoholico en el posgusto, y excelente equilibrio entre una malta acaramelada exquisita y un lupulo frutal y que además le confiere una redondez seca, que hace el conjunto nada pesado. Chapeaux!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NallePalle (262) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle, 50 cl, The Bombardier, Paris. Overall pleasant ale, well balanced, not too hoppy, short bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vinivini (643) - BELARUS - MAY 31, 2015
copper liquid, moderate head. fruity& grassy hop on nose. medium body. bittersweet taste. good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (214) - BRAZIL - MAY 27, 2015
Cor de ouro envelhecido com tom alaranjado, cristalina e brilhante; espuma marfim de média intensidade e alta persistência (permanece camada espessa até o fim da degustação) e muito bom lacing. Aroma maltado com dulçor agradável e leve toque de banana. Sabor de caramelo com final amargo intenso bem inserido e seco muito bem equilibrado; retrogosto adstringente. Corpo médio e baixa carbonatação. Exclente drinkability. Perfeito exemplar de cerveja inglesa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sandog_au (37) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a clean medium cooper with a small white head. Aroma is sweet apple/pear. Apple notes in taste with a small spicy bitter finish.


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