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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1010   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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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.

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.

Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2004
I wasnt too impressed by the this english stong ale. Didnt taste very good, and it has too much head. I wouldnt waste my money on this beer again

OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2004
When my roommate opened the bottle of this the sonuvabitch blew up all over the kitchen and he didn't even shake it. What a load of crap. Its smells like Olive Juice and tastes just like it too. Not impressed by this crap.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 Bottle. Reddish brown ambere color with one finger off white head. Aroma was suprisingly flat and neutral. Mouthfeel is sharp with moderate carbonation. Slight nutty/toffee palate. Great mouthfeel with a good moderate bitter bite. Not as yeasty as I was expecting, which in this brew is a good thing. Great butterscotch flavor. Strong clean finish. A good pint of bitter.

Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
Clear amber color with big off white head. Light malty aroma and well balanced, lightly sweet taste. My favorite Fullers to date.

ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
50 cl bottle, served in Gouden Carolus chalice. Copper colour; moderate head. Assertive and full taste w/ a pleasing, firm hop presence. Complex and layered. Long finish w/ a nice bite to it. The alcohol makes itself known without in any way being dominating. A well-balanced and quite impressive ale.

TBone (17532) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
Bottle conditioned
Typical ale outlook: hazy copper brown and steady creamy white head. Fresh flowery hop aroma. Well-balanced malty body with bitter hop finish. This is the quality ale.

YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Amber body under a white head. Nose has elements of caramel, banana, maybe some licorice and even brandy. Some sweetness and bitterness to the taste. A refreshing drink.

flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Golden copper color with a small white head. Mild honey and malt aroma. Lightly nutty malt flavor, with a bit of hops in the finish.

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