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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Occasionally available in the cask.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007.
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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielst (248) - Vienna, - APR 21, 2013
50cl bottle. Pretty decent ale, nice sweet and biscuit-malty aroma. Body is quite thin, though, with sort of a dull finish.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
terefere (140) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours copper, sparkling, nice frothy head, some lacing. Weak aroma of yeast, malts, flowers, caramel, alcohol. Taste: caramel, malts, yeast, hint of roast, citrus, fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
k0mpsa (937) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from drinka shop, tallinn. Clear reddish bronze, white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, some sweetness. Nicely crisp but sweet malty body, fruity and hint of lemon.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (336) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2014
0,5L bottle, 01.08.2014. Pours murky copper with off white head. The head stays. Aroma is malt and flowers. Taste is caramel sweetness, fresh fruits, and light bitterness. Overall: nicely balanced, very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzgorog (169) - FRANCE - APR 5, 2014
Ambrée orangée avec un col de mousse dense et persistente. Nez de miel et d’oranges confites, petit côté floral. EN bouche, moyenne amère, légèrement sucrée, texture liquoreuse, toujours des notes de fruits confits (surtout orange) et de résineux. Très bien !

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
azzie (52) - - MAR 28, 2014
Liquid is clear, color of honey, minimal head. Average carbonation. Full body. Very bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (229) - CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
Clear golden color, thin white head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma is mats, honey, some frutiness, caramel, hops. Medium sweet, medium bitter taste. Nicely balanced. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HammerTroll (188) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
Hazy golden color, minimal white head. Slightly bitter aroma, hoppy. Medium body and average carbonation. Medium bitter long finish. (Vrutak 0,5l bottle)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zarkam (335) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2014
500ml bottle from Tallinn. Hazy amber colour, medium off-white mostly lasting frothy head, good lacing. Moderately malty aroma of caramel, bread and peach, moderate floral and citric hops and a hint of banana and leather. Taste is initially balanced bittersweet with a bit of acidity and sourness, long moderately bitter and slightly sweet finish with a moderately acetic feel. Medium to full body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Quite a pleasant and very balanced ale with a fair bit of character, there are ones with more intense aroma out there but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ytrewqaz (29) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Amber, delicately hazy. Medium, stable head that leaves nice lacing. Strong grassy, floral aromas, somewhat fruity, with a pinch of resinous and tea-like notes, yeasty background but also a bit of alcohol. Medium carbonation. Bitterness nicely balanced by its subtle sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (756) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Klar orangebrun i fargen med hvitt skum. Fruktig lukt, humle med karamellukt. Søt og syrlig smak. Lett bitter ettersmak


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