Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1007   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.

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Jyrsa (1008) - - DEC 16, 2017
Bottle from Alko. Clear medium orange with strong nature white head. Fudge, pound cake, cherry, herbs. Herbal and grassy with hay and some caramel malt. Quintessentially british.

gooner92 (213) - Lubaczów, POLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Zapach: owoce, karmel, przyprawy. Wygląd: bursztynowe, piana gęsta, szybko opada. Smak: przyprawy, karmel, biszkopt, alkohol ukryty, bardzo pijalne.

Almogabar (95) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - DEC 9, 2017
Botella de 50 cl adquirida en supermercado Tesco de Battersea (Londres). Color ámbar, anaranjado. Espuma abundante, dos dedos, color blanco. Aromas a caramelo, malta tostada, frutas (plátano, naranja). Sabor complejo. Notas a malta tostada, frutas, especias. Amargor ligero. Interesante ale inglesa.

Grumbo (4264) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

Davros IX (577) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2017
Bottle at home. A perfect temperature and it poured well, just missing the sediment in the bottom. A light nose of malts with a flavour that was malt and bitter English hops in exquisite balance. The alcohol was evident, but added another layer to that flavour profile. The mouthfeel was soft from the malt with a slight alcohol burn lurking there to remind you what you are drinking. After so many disappointing Young's beers in my life this was a bit or a revelation.

humpah (381) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2017
0,5l bottle from Alko shared. Pours golden color with small head. Aroma of sweet fruits, citrus, malts, spices, caramel. Taste is sweet, a bit spicy, slightly bitter with medium body.

deanso (10282) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - OCT 3, 2017
50cl bottle at Annie's, Chiang Mai. Thin white head. Hazy light amber pour. Light bitterness.

strap (981) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2017
not normally a huge fan of English Ales, but this one is good. caramel colored yet translucent. sweet aroma with caramel and cherries. very easy drinking.

gripweed57 (2978) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2017
From old tasting notes. Crystal clear Amber orange color with a few small bubbles and a creamy beige head. Rich sweet malty aroma is very fragrant and complex. Big toasted malt foretaste is complex and flavorful. Middle and finish are well hopped and bitter. Long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied , excellently balanced and flavorful.

Nebusz (83) - POLAND - SEP 12, 2017
Barwa pomarańczowa z niewielką drobnopęcherzykową pianą. W aromacie pojawiają się ziołowe nuty charakterystyczne dla brytyjskich odmian chmielu, poza tym estry na czele z pomarańczą oraz karmelowo biszkoptowa słodowośc. W smaku wyczuwalna jest całkiem mocna (choć słabsza niż w IPA) herbaciana i lekko ściągająca gorycz, ziołowe akcenty chmielu, cytrusy, baardzo dużo estrów (gruszka, pomarańcza, jabłko, suszone owoce) i słodowa podstawa (identyczna jak w aromacie). Piwo jest świetnie zbalansowane ze średnią ale wyraźną goryczą. Smakuje jak mocniejszy i bardziej estrowy ESB. Jest średnio treściwe, alkohol wyczuwalny w niewielkim stopniu raczej poprawia odbiór piwa, wysycenie w kierunku niższego.

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