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

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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Poured dark brass, huge solid brown head which fell gradually to textbook-definition lacing. Aromas of chocolate, treacle, brown sugar, maple syrup, with lots of balanced hoppy herbalness, toasty malt and yeast. Flavor was wonderfully complex with everything from apple and lime to roast turkey! I could taste molasses, dark chocolate, pumpkin pie, earth, mushrooms among the egalitarian mixture of roast malt, hop bitterness and yeast. The bottle is quite attractive as befits a true treasure of an ale. Well done, Young & Co.

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iCraig (32) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2007
My favourite ale! Beautiful smooth taste but strong, and very moreish, very hoppy and smooth malts. And its not retired, its now brewed in Bedford by Wells and Young!

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Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
This is another essentially perfect beer from Young’s. It has a deep bronze colour with copper/reddish hints, a thick, creamy, beautiful head that lasted long and left perfect lacing. The body and flavour are incredible: amazing, deep complexity with a perfect blend of bitter, sweet, malt, hops, and other subtle elements. The aroma is delicious and all round this is vbursting with flavourful, yet smooth and ultimately very memorable. I should note that Young’s seems to have a special gift at creating an excellent head and perfect lacing that sticks to the glass.

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santabeer (68) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2013
Oh my g.., this is the best beer I have ever drunk! It has got a delicious fruity taste. The smell is fruity and great. The color is just awesome. No head, but I suspect that is becuase of a washing brush that I have used for washing the dishes.


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