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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
envane (570) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Clear copper colou with a slight tan head. It started out very hoppy, almost like an IPA, with earthy english hops. Asit warmed up, the malt became more apparent:- nut, fruit, caramel. Bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Deep amber appearance with an aroma that was just a bit woody. Smooth and fruity up front, followed by a malty, slightly sweet taste. Good carbonation with a finish that was mildly bitter. (on tap at the ODBF)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Tried at The Salisbury, Covent Garden, London. Brown Coloring. Hops oh yeah... uneventful but not a bad one to try.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 Light amber in color with a dense foamy head. Some hoppy earthy flavour with a light bitterness and maybe some citrus.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankR (146) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Nose of apples, thick white head, mostly diminishing. Some bland earthly tones in the body, with an uninterestingly bitter finsh. Rather diappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2004
500 ml brown bottle. Clear amber with white gold head. Miniscule carbonation and no lacing. Spicy toffee nose-I didn’t get the hops. Lovely brandy fruit flavour with ginger notes but never sweet. Nice full mouthfeel with fruity bitter finish. A lovely beer which is surprisingly easy to drink considering its potency.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
Rocky pale yellow head, fast fading over a golden coloured beer. Spicy estery nose with a grassy hop freshness. Some faint citrus is also obvious. Flavour is very well balanced, sweet malt and a spicy and floral hoppiness. Nice lasting bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Keg @ Bishops Arms South, Stockholm
Oh, dear! I’m drinking a kegged UK-beer available as cask. I can imagine the cask version and this is horrible compratively (sp?). Well, you have to try, haven’t you.

4
   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!

4.3
   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.


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