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


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RATINGS: 997   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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Nebusz (75) - 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.

AleMan84 (12) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2017
Aromas is hoppy, fresh and orangey, medium carbonation, taste is malty hint of zest and a long lasting bitter finish not very complex a little disappointed for such a strong ale.

danishbeerman (2) - - AUG 6, 2017 does not count
Really nice beer. Rich and malty with a spicy touch. One of my personal favorite beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Dbcwi88 (20) - Loughton, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
Strong banana notes not really for me. Plus a bit thick and stouty in mouth. Is nice just not my cup of tea

thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
A couple of bottles split with my father in law. This was an interesting experience -- I drank two bottles, and they were quite different. The first was sweet and a bit boozy, perhaps a bit more so than I’d expect for a strong ale. The second was much more balanced with enough hop aroma to make it taste like an English IPA. It was so strange I had to do a double check of the bottles. Hard to rate because of the different experiences, but they both shared a classic English malt and yeast flavor profile.

JorgeLee (2165) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle, Tesco online. Amber, bright, white foam. A bit darker than I remembered...Charles Wells difference. Lovely rich balanced beer, sweetish bready malt with a hint of caramel and a robust spicy hop, hint of orange. Medium finish. Pretty good.

Sdaniel90 (1086) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 13, 2017
Bottle, 1 pint. Clearish orange with a frothy tan head and lively carbonation. Salty, grainy aromas of barley, biscuits, light toffee. Medium to robust bodied, fizzy carbonation. Dry and astringent. Lightly sweet, medium bitter. Malty and hoppy flavors into a stinging bitter finish.

ClearHead (41) - FINLAND - APR 25, 2017
Bottle. Bottled exactly 4 years ago! Still drinkable. Light copper, clear. Slight carbonation. Aroma delicate, floral, malty. Quite sweet, slightly sour. Malty. Bitterness stealthy and nice, provides a good lingering finish. Good mouthfeel. Too sweet for me, but quite drinkable nevertheless.

JuanCC (142) - Valencia, SPAIN - APR 15, 2017
Botella en 99Cervezas. De intensidad media en nariz, da inmediatamente notas de pan fresco, seguidas de un punto herbal, de manzana y suaves notas de lúpulo. Quizá también algo floral. Complejidad media. Vierte en un precioso color dorado algo rojizo y totalmente transparente. Espuma media de un perfecto color blanco, con burbuja media-grande y persistencia moderada. Buena adherencia también. Una cerveza realmente agradable de ver. De entre los sabores básicos, destaca en boca el salado, el amargo y el dulce a un tiempo. El salado desaparece rápidamente y el dulce va ganando importancia, aunque mantiene un buen equilibrio con un amargo muy suave y en absoluto agresivo o astringente. El pan vuelve a salir aquí. El conjunto es equilibrado y con un final dulce, pero no empalagoso. En boca es de peso medio, algo sedosa y con una cierta sensación espumosa. De persistencia media, aunque el dulce parece acumularse con cada trago. Aun así resulta agradable. En todo caso, podría no ser la cerveza preferida de los que no les gustan con un final dulce.

Derbeth (987) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 14, 2017
Bottle. Light amber colour, large head that stays quite long, decent lacing. Aroma is clean malt, herbal hops, a bit of citrus. Medium bitterness. Well balanced, good one.

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