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

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RATINGS: 1001   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bosta (271) - - MAR 27, 2012
Pours amber with a big creamy white head. Fruity hops aroma. Medium bodied, not to bitter, not to sweet. Can taste the 6,4% of alcohol. Moderate dry and bitter finish.


3.4
humpah (316) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2017
0,5l bottle from Alko shared. Pours golden color with small head. Aroma of sweet fruits, citrus, malts, spices, caramel. Taste is sweet, a bit spicy, slightly bitter with medium body.

3.3
deanso (10219) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - OCT 3, 2017
50cl bottle at Annie's, Chiang Mai. Thin white head. Hazy light amber pour. Light bitterness.

4.3
strap (953) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2017
not normally a huge fan of English Ales, but this one is good. caramel colored yet translucent. sweet aroma with caramel and cherries. very easy drinking.

4.1
gripweed57 (2794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2017
From old tasting notes. Crystal clear Amber orange color with a few small bubbles and a creamy beige head. Rich sweet malty aroma is very fragrant and complex. Big toasted malt foretaste is complex and flavorful. Middle and finish are well hopped and bitter. Long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied , excellently balanced and flavorful.

3.4
Nebusz (84) - POLAND - SEP 12, 2017
Barwa pomarańczowa z niewielką drobnopęcherzykową pianą. W aromacie pojawiają się ziołowe nuty charakterystyczne dla brytyjskich odmian chmielu, poza tym estry na czele z pomarańczą oraz karmelowo biszkoptowa słodowośc. W smaku wyczuwalna jest całkiem mocna (choć słabsza niż w IPA) herbaciana i lekko ściągająca gorycz, ziołowe akcenty chmielu, cytrusy, baardzo dużo estrów (gruszka, pomarańcza, jabłko, suszone owoce) i słodowa podstawa (identyczna jak w aromacie). Piwo jest świetnie zbalansowane ze średnią ale wyraźną goryczą. Smakuje jak mocniejszy i bardziej estrowy ESB. Jest średnio treściwe, alkohol wyczuwalny w niewielkim stopniu raczej poprawia odbiór piwa, wysycenie w kierunku niższego.

2.8
AleMan84 (12) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2017
Aromas is hoppy, fresh and orangey, medium carbonation, taste is malty hint of zest and a long lasting bitter finish not very complex a little disappointed for such a strong ale.

4.1
danishbeerman (2) - - AUG 6, 2017 does not count
Really nice beer. Rich and malty with a spicy touch. One of my personal favorite beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
Dbcwi88 (28) - Loughton, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
Strong banana notes not really for me. Plus a bit thick and stouty in mouth. Is nice just not my cup of tea

3.5
thepatrickman (1452) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
A couple of bottles split with my father in law. This was an interesting experience -- I drank two bottles, and they were quite different. The first was sweet and a bit boozy, perhaps a bit more so than I’d expect for a strong ale. The second was much more balanced with enough hop aroma to make it taste like an English IPA. It was so strange I had to do a double check of the bottles. Hard to rate because of the different experiences, but they both shared a classic English malt and yeast flavor profile.

3.7
JorgeLee (2193) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle, Tesco online. Amber, bright, white foam. A bit darker than I remembered...Charles Wells difference. Lovely rich balanced beer, sweetish bready malt with a hint of caramel and a robust spicy hop, hint of orange. Medium finish. Pretty good.


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