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


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RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rozsoma (572) - Győr, HUNGARY - MAY 28, 2010
Yes, a great one! I’m glad that i taste it. Beautiful copper, well-balanced body with a nice lacing head. Intensive aroma of fresh fruits (citrus, orange) and an overwhelming healing taste. Mildly pungent palate, nice for an ale. A bit dry yeasty impact. It reminds me to the Belhaven’s Twisted Thiste. Once more: great one, or as Duke Ellington would say: That’s the one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LeopoldT (90) - Lazarevac, SERBIA - MAY 8, 2011
dark golden colour, light head. frutty flavours with bananna aromas. extremely hoppy with sweet on the first sip, dry finish. medium bodied

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbgulin (5) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
Muito saborosa e aromática paguei 18,90 na distribuidora. Vale o preço e vale mais uma prova.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
This is how I picture English beers to be. Love the Fuggles and Goldings. Wish all beers were this good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobBestwick (684) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
Malty nose, strong alcohol content, malty with hints of caramel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1071) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber gold, with a small, but long-lasting, head. The aroma is dominated by strong resin notes from the hops, with the slightest hint of malty toffee. The initial flavour is again resin hops, which fade into the slightest hint of caramel malt before returning with a vengeance in the finish, which is again dominated by bitter hops. There is a slight toffee aftertaste. A truly magnificent beer: rich, rewarding and complex. Well-worth savouring again and again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3543) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 24, 2012
bubblegum, basement aromas, spruce, hay, vanilla, licorice, amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, full body, oily feel, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAleUpNorth (5) - - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
A perfectly balanced, strong ale. Malty, with rich fruit flavours. Exceptional , full bodied delight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (191) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 12, 2015
Dominant hops aroma, fruity taste, very nice delicately cloudy orange color, small ring of white head. Good carbonation. Full delight, never bored.

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