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RATINGS: 1009   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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BBHansen (1125) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2018
Bottle @ DTU w friends/Nissen & Mr Spark. Appearance: pours clear amber with good off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: bread, light toffee, light mineral, citrus, herbal and fruity notes. palette: medium hoppy aroma, average carbonation, medium body, medium sweetness, balanced by a medium bitterness, average duration and a watery texture. Overall: Tasteful and well balanced ale

malibrat (213) - Pula, CROATIA - JAN 28, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2018 Pivo u flaši. Ja o Engleskim pivima imam svoje mišljenje koje glasi : gorkasta piva, vrlo slabog vodenastog tijela, pjene koja nestane dok si reko 'keks' , neke posebne arome hmelja i slabog alkohola (3.5-4.5%) . Pa ko voli nek izvoli. To su neke imitacije Čeških pilsnera samo što Englezi imaju problem sa svojom tvrdom vodom. Ovo je jedno od tri Engleska piva koje za sada jedino ponekad popijem sa zadovoljstvom. English Strong Ale su nešto jači što im automatski daje ljepšu aromu i puniji okus. Zaista ne bih točno mogao definirati aromu i okus , ali ima nešto voćno i meni dosta 'moćnu' aromu hmelja, a ta gorčina se fino osjeti i na nepcu. Ne znam šta reći ali ta gorkastost mi fino mi paše poslje recimo roštilja. Eto toliko!

Jyrsa (1029) - - 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 (224) - Lubaczów, POLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Zapach: owoce, karmel, przyprawy. Wygląd: bursztynowe, piana gęsta, szybko opada. Smak: przyprawy, karmel, biszkopt, alkohol ukryty, bardzo pijalne.

Almogabar (105) - 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 (4583) - 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 (611) - 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 (399) - 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 (10356) - 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.

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