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


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RATINGS: 988   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.

foolberry's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
foolberry (56) - New Malden, Surrey, - NOV 19, 2012
Lovely rich complex taste, rounded malt. Long finish. Attractive golden in the glass. Not too fizzy. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (795) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 17, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2016 Sessionable English ale. No big character, fruity, malty satisfying. Reminds me of a Dortmunder, silky malty and smooth. Not getting the spicy hop finish, but it?s alright. Would be cool to try it on tap in a pub, Im sure i?d rate it higher in that setting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kapusil (1181) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 15, 2016
0.5l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Orange body, off-white head. Aroma of bread, caramel and floral hops. Taste of bread, orange zest, caramel and spicy hops. OK beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (1271) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2016
Somewhat watery and tired. Crispy and dry with hints of fruity flavors at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piw (833) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2016
500ml Flasche. Dunkelgolden und klar mit mittelgroßer Schaumkrone. Würzig. Blumig. Dezent herb und trocken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerNinjaUK (243) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2016
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours slightly cloudy amber with deep frothy head. Aroma mostly malty with some fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Szopeen (326) - POLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Barwa ciemnego złota, klarowne, bujna, drobno pęcherzykowa, ładnie zdobiąca szkło piana. Aromat zbożowy, chlebowy, trochę karmelowy. W smaku ziemiste, słodowe, nawet rześkie, czuć delikatny posmak chmielowy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2016
Grain and sweet bread malts, caramel, generic fruits. Clear, dark gold, medium, frothy, white head. Light sweet. More fruity malts, grain, caramel, soft carbonation, light bitterness coming up, some grass and floral hops. Nice ESA, somewhat one-dimensional, but stunning by Young’s standards. Bottle at The Alexandra, Wimbledon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erling1000 (569) - - JUL 14, 2016
An english, amber English Strong Ale with white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, raisin. Taste is bitter sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedE (985) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2016
500ml bottle. "Serve at 10-12 degrees Celcius", so I leave it outside on a winter Sydney night and...voila! Nose is peppery sweet malt. Looks amazing, beautiful copper colour with solid white head. Fine and steady carbonation. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, I expected a fuller body. Taste is clean and bitter. Finishes with caramel, fruit, biscuit, banana, bit of pepper and a late touch of alcohol. Wonderfully balanced beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (466) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Clear, copper coloured body and a creamy tan head. Aroma is slightly malty, some orange zest and spices. Clean, fresh taste, somewhat bitter but it’s pretty easy and doesn’t hit you as hard with pale ales. Ends in a slightly malty finish. Slick mouthfeel, decent body, low carbonatin and very smooth. Quite nice ale overall.

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