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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1001   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Millenium Bottle. Fruity, hoppy and malty nose. Orange/amber, tight finger of vanilla foam, fine lace. Flavours are oranges, hops, malt and red grapefruit. Wonderfully balanced, bitter, woody, citrus aftertaste, medium bodied, resiny almost crispy. Fabulous! Thanks again to Michael Robis of Chester’s in Hamilton!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
Bottled. Wonderful rich brew with plenty of malt and a fair hopping. I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1229) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2004
A clear orange color with a foamy off-white head. Hops in the nose..strong, yes...but not as assertive as the American Ales. Nice balance to it both in the nose and the taste too. A nice ale for certain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Bottle. Amber color with a big foamy head. Light herbal hop aroma with a little sweet malt - not that powerful. Thick rich flavor. This isn’t a watered down beer. Nice hops (citrus, spicey), good malt backing, nice bitterness, fruity. In other words - very well balanced with a good rich/full mouthfeel. Gives a lingering bitterness. Much better than what I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2004
(Best By 1/April/2005)Filtered 12oz bottle. Mild spicy nose. Clear amber body with a nice bead. Mostly malty with a subtle hoppiness towards the end of the palate. The bottle conditioned version is much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Clear medium brown-amber color, nicely formed head. Aroma is hoppy, some sweet malt. Malt character is caramel & toffee, some nuttiness in there and then the hops finish is quite bitter, which I don’t really mind. This was good but could have used more complexity IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Intriguing aroma of malt, hops and spices. Medium hops bitterness with a malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2004
Dark and slightly cloudy color, no head. Strongly sweat and caramel malt, hops come up comfortably bitter. Leaves fine and bitter aftertaste, although some extra carbonation can be noticed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2004
Lime, gin, slightly hoppy aroma, thin white head, clear amber color, smooth mouth feel, slightly hoppy barley malt flavor, citrus and alcohol are present, gary coleman's hiding in the closet, lime bitter finish, I like the celebration in the background of the bottle, I agree bottle, today is a good day to celebrate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2004
On draft at the Abbaye. Great happy hour pint. A bit on the sweet side and a strong caramel (toffee?) finish.

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