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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2001
It’s good, but I don’t see the greatness. The chewy malt and earthy hops just don’t quite come together for me. A lot of good flavours, but they seem to fight each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2002
Smelled and tasted a lot like apples. A little heavy on carbonation, but a good taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2424) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Millenium Edition: hoppy for a british beer, thin, spicy with light carmel complements. Very decent and probably good with subdued saucy meat dishes but it’s not a stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2003
yeasty aroma, medium bodied, a tad sticky, metallic and toffee maltiness, seems more weak than strong after drinking so many American Strong ales

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
I really expected more from this, because I enjoyed the double chococalte stout from young's so much. This one is good, but it's missing a lot of body and a fullness of flavor that the best ales have in quantity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6192) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2003
Amber-colour, aleish look. A fresh hop-aroma with caramel. Long bitterness and something burnt in the flavour, almost smoky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2003
Strong smell, okay. Malty, some fruits, bit floral, sweet and hoppy. Orange brown coloured; clear. Good head doesn't last. Taste is moderate bitter, sweet, hoppy, malts and fruits. Well balanced taste. Bitter palate. Good brew, but imo overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2003
Bottled.Rustic golden body, with plenty of conditioning. The fine medium head is serviced consistently from bellow. The strong bitter hop aroma that greats you just barely masks the alcohol but after the first sip, the true nature of the beast is revealed. On the palate the alcohol and the bitterness combine to provide a tart, sharpish finish to the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5639) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2003
This was WAY overcarbonated and exploded from the bottle before I could pour it in the glasses. The nose has a sweet but lightly hopped aroma. I also sense bubblegum. Not sure why, but I do. The tongue has definite malty and hopped notes along with caramel. Finished well with little bitterness remaining.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Hazy tea color, coarse head. Aroma is medium-caramel malty and full of a spicy yeastiness rather than the floral hops expected. Very sweet flavor with a smoky/ashen maltiness and nutmeg notes. Buttery, parsley-like hoppiness precedes a dry, tingling finish. Certainly not what I was expecting, but pretty good overall.

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