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

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RATINGS: 994   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lembeek (143) - - JAN 18, 2013
Ambrata, velata. Schiuma bianca persistente. Aroma di malto, prugne, caramello. Attacco dolce, con buona acidità. Amaro percettibile. Finale secco


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FireGlider (491) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 20, 2016
Clear light orange color with small white head. Malty and bread aroma with some light fruity and herbal notes. Light hoppy bitter taste with strong malt aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hrc_Cro (454) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2016
0.5l bottle. Hazy dark golden color with small, but nice looking white head. Relatively high carbonation. Aroma of fruits, bread, malt and some herbal aroma, but all of that somehow weak. Taste is hoppy bitter and little sweet and sour. Slightly watery and no alcohol present, which is weird for ale with 6.4%.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2315) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Not enjoying this as much as I had hoped. Too much of a cloverhoney feel. Great for rhe palate, but it does make it too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (2096) - Krakow, POLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle Aroma-bread, cereal Appearance-amber, clear, white foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AssKicker (265) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Belle orange/cuivrée, mousse faiblarde qui retourne vite fait de l?autre côté de la Tamise. Nez résineux bien agréable. En bouche c?est plutôt la débandade. Genre une pils en un peu plus caramélisée. Boarf. Édit : en se réchauffant, ça tape plus dans le résineux en bouche, et du coup c’est déjà plus plaisant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Calisky (2526) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 8, 2016
Couleur ambrée, légère mousse blanche. Nez houblonné résineux, floral avec caramel. Gout caramel, houblonné bien épicé, mentholé, floral. Fin amertume florale herbeuse.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (850) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 17, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2016 Sessionable English ale. No big character, fruity, malty satisfying. Reminds me of a Dortmunder, silky malty and smooth. Not getting the spicy hop finish, but it?s alright. Would be cool to try it on tap in a pub, Im sure i?d rate it higher in that setting.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kapusil (1242) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 15, 2016
0.5l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Orange body, off-white head. Aroma of bread, caramel and floral hops. Taste of bread, orange zest, caramel and spicy hops. OK beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (1271) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2016
Somewhat watery and tired. Crispy and dry with hints of fruity flavors at the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piw (881) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2016
500ml Flasche. Dunkelgolden und klar mit mittelgroßer Schaumkrone. Würzig. Blumig. Dezent herb und trocken.


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