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


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RATINGS: 1008   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3705) - - JUL 19, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear copper in colour with foamy whitish fast disappearing head. Toffee and (sweet) malty in aroma. Some faint hoppy notes also. Flavour is filled with toffee, but not that sweet. Some quite strong hoppy notes also. Very well balanced. Rather interesting taste, keeps going from the somewhat sweet toffee malty some bitter hoppy taste. Aftertaste is sweet malty, toffee with a bitter twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JuanCC (72) - Valencia, SPAIN - APR 15, 2017
Botella en 99Cervezas. De intensidad media en nariz, da inmediatamente notas de pan fresco, seguidas de un punto herbal, de manzana y suaves notas de lúpulo. Quizá también algo floral. Complejidad media. Vierte en un precioso color dorado algo rojizo y totalmente transparente. Espuma media de un perfecto color blanco, con burbuja media-grande y persistencia moderada. Buena adherencia también. Una cerveza realmente agradable de ver. De entre los sabores básicos, destaca en boca el salado, el amargo y el dulce a un tiempo. El salado desaparece rápidamente y el dulce va ganando importancia, aunque mantiene un buen equilibrio con un amargo muy suave y en absoluto agresivo o astringente. El pan vuelve a salir aquí. El conjunto es equilibrado y con un final dulce, pero no empalagoso. En boca es de peso medio, algo sedosa y con una cierta sensación espumosa. De persistencia media, aunque el dulce parece acumularse con cada trago. Aun así resulta agradable. En todo caso, podría no ser la cerveza preferida de los que no les gustan con un final dulce.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derbeth (863) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 14, 2017
Bottle. Light amber colour, large head that stays quite long, decent lacing. Aroma is clean malt, herbal hops, a bit of citrus. Medium bitterness. Well balanced, good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dawid007 (61) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 30, 2017
kolor: bursztynowy aromat:owocowy (jasne owoce), estrowy, lekki alkohol smak: wytrawny, zwietrzała beczka po jakimiś kiepskim alkoholu, drzewny, trochę owocowy białe śliwki, mirabelki, drzewno gorzkawy posmak średnio przyjemny, lekki nieprzyjemny alkohol, piwo z terminem 01.08.2014, leżakowanie mu nie służy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nybol (1711) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2017
Fin maltsødme med smag af lidt tynde blommer. I engelsk stil ikke meget humle over den.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lambister (512) - FINLAND - MAR 5, 2017
50cl bottle from local Alko, Viikki. This rather adventurous brew reminds me of saying: “"One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." -E. M. Forster. Not my style, but still an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
danjs5 (181) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2017
Light amber pour with malt nose. Very pleasant light to mid crystal malt flavours throughout. Somewhat light spicy finish. Can’t see where the 6.4% is. Tastes of a fairly straight and typical caramel malt English ale with slight marzipan and Christmas cake spice. Pleasant but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (1255) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2017
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017 Light amber smooth with hints of marzipan boozy warmth decent winter tipple very warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2017
(Bottle) Pours clear amber brown with small white head. Pleasant aroma of caramel and bread. Medium body with good carbonation. Nice balance of flavours - some tartness balances some light caramel malty sweetness with some pleasant bitterness that develops later. Very drinkable, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pittoro (92) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Light caramel aroma. Light taste of caramel, raisins. Pretty much that’s all. Where is the "powerful spicy hop finish"? Another tasteless British Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlf (489) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2016 Pours reddish hazy golden with a big white head; aroma is rich malty, slightly fruity, somehow grainy, herbal and hoppy; taste is medium to very sweet, malty and grainy, some honey, spicy and herbal hoppy with low to medium bitter finish; big creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and quite light body; very drinkable

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