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


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RATINGS: 991   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.

Allthatisevil's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allthatisevil (48) - alabaster, Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2007
I picked this up @ the market after drinking the youngs special at the pub. I thought it was the same beer. I was happy it was not EVEN BETTER. I can’t wait to get to London again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1978) - Krakow, POLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle Aroma-bread, cereal Appearance-amber, clear, white foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AssKicker (240) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Belle orange/cuivrée, mousse faiblarde qui retourne vite fait de l?autre côté de la Tamise. Nez résineux bien agréable. En bouche c?est plutôt la débandade. Genre une pils en un peu plus caramélisée. Boarf. Édit : en se réchauffant, ça tape plus dans le résineux en bouche, et du coup c’est déjà plus plaisant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Calisky (2500) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 8, 2016
Couleur ambrée, légère mousse blanche. Nez houblonné résineux, floral avec caramel. Gout caramel, houblonné bien épicé, mentholé, floral. Fin amertume florale herbeuse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (812) - 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 (1202) - 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 (846) - 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 (317) - 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 (342) - 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 (3710) - 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.

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