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

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RATINGS: 928   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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. 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.


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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Upon opening this bottle-conditioned ale, the first whiff reminds me of a smoky, musty British pub. I’m thinking, "G’day Guvn’r" A definite toffee taste. Full, rich ale with perfectly balanced Goldings hops. Decent alcohol, but not overpowering. Sweet, pasty finish.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vinivini (600) - BELARUS - MAY 31, 2015
copper liquid, moderate head. fruity& grassy hop on nose. medium body. bittersweet taste. good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (203) - BRAZIL - MAY 27, 2015
Cor de ouro envelhecido com tom alaranjado, cristalina e brilhante; espuma marfim de média intensidade e alta persistência (permanece camada espessa até o fim da degustação) e muito bom lacing. Aroma maltado com dulçor agradável e leve toque de banana. Sabor de caramelo com final amargo intenso bem inserido e seco muito bem equilibrado; retrogosto adstringente. Corpo médio e baixa carbonatação. Exclente drinkability. Perfeito exemplar de cerveja inglesa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sandog_au (37) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a clean medium cooper with a small white head. Aroma is sweet apple/pear. Apple notes in taste with a small spicy bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alteregoo (248) - POLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Po nalaniu tworzy się biała, zbita czapa piany z ładnym lejsingiem, barwa jasno bursztynowa, klarowna. Aromat delikatny, jest chmiel dość trawiasty, troszkę karmelu, melanoidyn, drewna i zapachów whisky. Generalnie troszkę ubarwiony ESB. W smaku lekka słodycz miodowo karmelowa, biszkopty, skórka od chleba skontrowane średnią do niskiej ziołowo trawiastą goryczką, lekko garbnikową w afterteasie. Nagazowanie średnie, dość pełne w odbiorze, alkohol obecny, aczkolwiek dobrze ukryty, rozgrzewający w przełyku. Piwo jest bardzo angielskie, dość męczące na dłuższą metę i choć jest troszkę bogatsze w doznania sensoryczne to mimo wszystko blisko mu do typowego nudnego brytyjskiego ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meireteixeira (122) - Săo Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 2, 2015
Cor bronze, brilhante. Espuma boa e de média persistęncia. Aroma Herbalife é frutas secas. Paladar lúpulo e condimentos. Retrogosto amargo e seco. Esperava mais.....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2571) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle from SJ. Some nice notes of citrus, spice, caramel and bread. Mild hop finish with a zesty pop. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (192) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 16, 2015
Dark golden to copper colored, medium white head which quickly disappears leaving only lacing. Aroma is malts, caramel and biscuit, a touch of fruits and floral hops. Taste is moderate sweet malts, again caramel and biscuit, bit fruity, bit of lightly toasted bread in the finish and some floral, grassy hops with a pinch of citrus, low to medium dry bitterness and a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1387) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2015
A mid copper brown coloured beer with a frothy but weak white head. A light hop led aroma, zesty citrus fruit is followed by a mildly spicy caramel malt. Dry mouthfeel. The taste is opposite to the aroma, a dry, biscuity, slightly spicy and caramel malt to start, is followed by a zesty, citrusy and grassy hop flavour. The finish is zesty and hop led, but with a background maltiness creates a well balanced end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ruprecht_007 (678) - Cesky Tesin, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2015
Barva: zlatooranžová, pěna bohatá, držící. Vůně: příjemná svěží, lehká, citrusová. Chuť: parádní hořký nástup, přiměřený říz, kávová chuť se stopou čkolády (hořké) dlouhá doznívající chmelová hořkost. Parádní pivo!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MMJL (211) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Po otwarciu butelki wita mnie gushing… Nie jakiś straszny, ale jednak (z powodu nieumiejętnej refermentacji w butelce). Zapach jest słodowy i estrowy, choć trudno mi w tej chwili skojarzyć go jakimiś konkretnymi owocami. Są też delikatne nuty chmielowe. Piwo jest w kolorze bursztynowe, leciuteńko tylko zamglone. Piana średniowysoka, dosyć luźna, lekko beżowa. Utrzymuje się zaskakująco długo lepiąc się ładnie do szkła. Ze szklanki aromat jest wyraźnie owocowy, głównie jabłkowy – niestety niezbyt przyjemny. W smaku dosyć słodkie, owocowe. Goryczka pochodzi głównie od alkoholu, sam alkohol w smaku również wyczuwalny. Wysycenie jest przeciętne. Dosyć fajne odczucie pełni. I właściwie tyle – w tym piwie nie dzieje się nic więcej ciekawego.


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