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


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RATINGS: 994   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamwitsta (553) - POLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Aroma: a bit faint and not very specific; some malts, some hops, a whiff of alcohol; a little bit like a German lager. Appearance: golden brown; clear; head large and stable. Taste: bittersweet, just a bit sour. Palate: body medium or below; carbonation average; mouth feel spicy; finish faintly bitter, a little spicy. Overall: nice enough, nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3276) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Bouteille. Nez malté de caramel doux et assez léger de toffee et de bonbon, de houblon herbeux et légèrement terreux et légèrement fruité (agrumes et abricots légers) avec de légères notes de noix. Mince-moyenne en bouche. Goût sec de malt légèrement croustillant (mais peu sucré) avec un pic amer de houblon terreux (floral avec très léger pamplemousse) avec un très léger goût fruité (agrumes, notes de cerises et d’abricots) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté de caramel légèrement sucré qui tourne progressivement vers un malt légèrement plus rôti (toffee) puis finalement, une amertume de houblon herbeux revient s’étaler jusqu’en arrière-goût avec des notes de noix. Arrière-goût court et sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux aux petites notes citriques. [notes 2006]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (2985) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2016
Clear amber, white froth. Malty aroma and flavour with light fruity and hoppy notes. A little spice and caramel as it warms up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (10636) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Pours amber with an creamy offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruity hops, banana, sweet citrus, oranges. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, fruity hops, sweet citrus, orangepeel. Medium body, light oily mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. 210216

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenOver (285) - SLOVENIA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours crystal amber colour with a minimum head, which seems quite stable. Aroma is bery malty and sweet, also some gentle hops cam be sensed. Taste is very carbonated, very light bpdied at first, then a veru nice sweet taste runs through your mouth and finishes with a gentle hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nephirem (295) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a beautiful copper color with big, creamy looking white head. Smell of malts, hops and fruits. Caramel as it warms up a bit. Full body with low carbonation. Thick, oily texture. Lovely bitterness. Taste is malts, caramel, fruits. Finish is a bit dry and dominated by hops, spices and notes of alcohol, leaving a slightly hoppy aftertaste which is really nice. Overall, very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nurmis (470) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2016
500ml bottle from alko. Pours hazy orange with small creamy little tanned head. Aroma is malty caramel, little bit of yeast and some fruity notes. Really light sweetness, medium to heavy bitterness. Finish is nice and enjoyable. Nice texture, average carbonation. Remind me of bitters, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bedzinianin06 (481) - - JAN 13, 2016
Fajna butla. Bardzo obfita i dosyć gęsta biała piana. Dosyć trwała. Piwo jasno-miedziane, klarowne. Lacing. Aromat słodki, trochę słodowy i estrowy, trochę kwiatowy. Piwo dosyć pełne, fajne ciało. Jest fajna, spora goryczka. Lekko rozgrzewający alkohol. Średnie nagazowanie. Sprawia wrażenie takiego kremowego. W smaku słodowe i trochę chmielowe. Generalnie słodkie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thellgren (860) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2016
0.5 l bottle from Alko. Amber clear colour with normal head. At first there is some sweet taste and maybe yeast. Also some bitterness. Basically this tastes like a strong bitter where alcohol rounds the taste a bit. You won’t taste the high ABV, though, which is always a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (1298) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle from supervalue Sutton. Pours golden amber with white head. Aroma is bread sweet caramel, some fruity Esters. Malt forward flavour with full body and fruit aftertaste. Good

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