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


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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1060) - 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 (3366) - 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 (98) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 28, 2001
Claims to be an iPA but tastes more like a hoppy English bitter ale. very enjoyable. nice malt/hop balance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2001
Orange-red color, topped by a simply stunning thick-meringue head; nose full and flowery; flavor absolutely outstanding -- as many have commented, more hops than usual for an English ale, though still not a lot by USA standards-- but this is fine by me. Caramel, orange flavors seem to dominate, but there’s a lot going on. Another winner from Youngs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Yeee-haw! This is my kind of beer. Sweet, hoppy, low carbonation. A pleasure to drink. Full bodied, very complex, wicked stuff. My idea of english beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
I'm rarely impressed with bottled beer that has crossed the Atlantic and this beer is no different. Bought in South London you will rarely find a bitter as inviting and satisfying with wonderful hops, malt and fruit with a wonderful mineraly aftertaste. Many stumbling nights can be traced directly back to this beer. In Vancouver, I've never purchased a representative that does not taste stale. It makes me want to cry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head that lingers. It has a good hoppy aroma with a nice malt backbone. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is good and hoppy up front, but then the malty sweetness takes over and dominates the finish with a nice fruitiness. Very nicely balanced between the hops and sweetly fruity malts, this is one of the better English strong ales I have had and the best offering I have had from Young's. Very nice.

   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.

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