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


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RATINGS: 995   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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Lambister (520) - FINLAND - MAR 5, 2017
50cl bottle from local Alko, Viikki. This rather adventurous brew reminds me of saying: “"One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." -E. M. Forster. Not my style, but still an enjoyable beer.

danjs5 (241) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2017
Light amber pour with malt nose. Very pleasant light to mid crystal malt flavours throughout. Somewhat light spicy finish. Can’t see where the 6.4% is. Tastes of a fairly straight and typical caramel malt English ale with slight marzipan and Christmas cake spice. Pleasant but not outstanding.

redders1974 (1521) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2017
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017 Light amber smooth with hints of marzipan boozy warmth decent winter tipple very warming.

Pyobon (1418) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2017
(Bottle) Pours clear amber brown with small white head. Pleasant aroma of caramel and bread. Medium body with good carbonation. Nice balance of flavours - some tartness balances some light caramel malty sweetness with some pleasant bitterness that develops later. Very drinkable, but not exceptional.

Pittoro (117) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Light caramel aroma. Light taste of caramel, raisins. Pretty much that’s all. Where is the "powerful spicy hop finish"? Another tasteless British Ale.

wlf (612) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2016 Pours reddish hazy golden with a big white head; aroma is rich malty, slightly fruity, somehow grainy, herbal and hoppy; taste is medium to very sweet, malty and grainy, some honey, spicy and herbal hoppy with low to medium bitter finish; big creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and quite light body; very drinkable

jzi (314) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

VueltaBirrista (104) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 23, 2016
La Special London Ale presenta un color ámbar oscuro, pero limpio y transparente. Produce al verter una amplia cabeza de espuma blanca con poca retención. Huele a malta tostada, caramelo y especias picantes que también acompañan todo el rato en boca. Se ataca de maravilla. Está bien carbonatada, con mucha chispa. Sabor dulce y terroso que va dando poco a poco paso a un amargo final elegante y agradable. Una típica ale británica, con algo más de carácter y alcohol que las tradicionales pale ale, que nunca decepciona.

Kauge (1976) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle from Alcostock in Tallinn (€ 2.3); BB 24.03.2017. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber with persistent creamy top. Modest malty aroma, slight yeasty spicy sweetness, perhaps hintingly buttery. Tastes malty sweet with leafy-herbal hops. Creamy soft mouthfeel, carbonation modest. Tingling herbal bitterish finish. Pretty nice.

JZiecik (21) - POLAND - DEC 12, 2016
Aroma: malty, caramel, bread, grass, herbs(?). Appearance: golden/amber, hazy. Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness. Palete: medium body, average carbonation.

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