Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1004   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1307) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Copenhagen 1/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Føtex. A lot of Gibberish and a goat on the label. Pours slightly hazy orange amber with white head. Settles as patches of foam after a minute. Aroma is sweet and tart at the same time. Caramel meeting citric fruits. Fizzy carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is on the sweet side. Medium bitterness in the aftertaste. Not unforgettable but decent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
I_LUV_BEER (230) - - APR 29, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden colour with a thick head leaving lots of lacing behind. Aroma is a complex combination of malt, caramel, bread, yeast, citrus hops. Taste is malts, caramel and citrus hops. Medium body with creamy texture. Absolutely wonderful stuff!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niller (1582) - Hammel, DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
Bottle from Bilka. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma and taste is malt, hint of caramel, fruits, spice. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AVLarsen (139) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Bottle. Both malty and hoppy. A bit heavy on alcohol taste. A very nice beer for lunch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (477) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 9, 2016
A golden medium-bodied ale, with almost no aroma, but it has a very good spicy hop flavour. Malty taste, with light sweetness and medium bitterness. Tasty and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ken1 (1897) - DENMARK - APR 1, 2016
Aroma: fruity sweet with malt. Flavour: fruity sweetness with caramel and a dry bitter finish. Colour: brown amber with an offwhite head. From: Bilka Tilst Apr. 2016

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Xavalias (280) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle from supermarket. Pours orange-amber with little head. The aroma is fruity, malty, with hints of caramel. Some hops in the finish. The taste is light to medium sweet with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinte (549) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle 0.5L. Clear amber body with average, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting with some nice lacing. Moderate malty (caramel) and hoppy (some citrus) aroma with light notes of spices. Moderate sweet flavour with light-to-moderate bitterness more evident in the finish. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1966) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 15, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2016 Solid as ever. Drinks faithfully to its 6.4% and slightly heavy malts drive some weight with toffee and baked fruits. Nice mineral and talcum powder streak running through the mid palate. It does, strangely enough, remind me a lot of SN’s Torpedo. (Villa Market 170 baht)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
evannell (895) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Wszystko, co powinien mieć w sobie typowy, nieamerykański Ale. Słodowa podbudowa, niemal kremowa. I mnóstwo nieagresywnego chmielu. naprawdę klasyk.

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