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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 It’s one of my favourite beers. This ale has a very complex, fruity flavour of pear and wild strawberries. Excellent aroma. Peaches, caramel and grapefruit in the taste. Some wild strawberries show up both in the nose and flavor. A strong hop presence with an extraordinary enjoyable strong bitter finish. Best served not to cool, almost at room temperature. Highly recommended! I love the form of the bottle and the design of the label too. It’ s a real pitty this ale has been retired. Later sampled versions didn’ t quite match the complexity and taste this beer used to have. Rerate: An outstanding ginger characteristic to the taste which I haven’t noticed before. Rerate 2: A sublime beer with hints of pumpkin, candied fruits, pepper, licorice and wild strawberries. Rerate 3: This beer really tastes of hops. Sublime hop profile. Outstanding. Extremely pleasant. Rerate 4: (after dozens of samplings) Definetely one of the best beers I have had so far. A lot of vanilla notes. Sublime. Rerate 5: Definetely a mindblowingly good beer with a striking mandarin component. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sound67 (698) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 50cl bottle. This "real ale" has a beautiful, hazy amber colour, with a smallish, creamy off-white head that disappears rather quickly but leaves lacing on the glass. The aroma is rather sweet, of fig, citrus fruit and malt. The fruity character extends to the taste, nicely balanced by a resinous note of roasted malt. Long hoppy finish and aftertaste. A strong premium ale that does not wear the alcohol on its sleeve, so to speak. Beautifully balanced, eminently well-crafted, superbly drinkable beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rozsoma (818) - Gyõr, 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
RobBestwick (833) - 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 (1108) - Sydney, 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 (4000) - 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 (288) - 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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