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


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RATINGS: 1007   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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Beerhunter111 (23265) - Beerland, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Orangegoldenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, fruchtig, reife Früchte. Geschmack sehr fruchtig, nussig, herb.

Leighton (22814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, honey-red with a light, white foam head. Aroma holds some sugar, lightly ripened fruits. Medium sweet flavor with more semi-ripe fruits, berries, golden raisins, lightly toasted sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly sticky sweet finish, with lightly toasted sugars, faint bread, cherries, pears, plums, golden raisins. It’s a pretty straight-ahead English Strong Ale. Not too much alcohol, which is pretty alright. Decent depth. As a readily available beer, it’s pretty good.

Rasmus40 (22133) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 171211

fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 2003-06-24, Bottle, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Amber color. Smooth, good body structure, pleasant, with some malt and quite good hop, strong caramel character. Light cardboard in the nose and light metal taste.

2004-11-30, Keg, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Amber color. Malty and cheesy aroma. Very good malty body, quite sweet, with good hops (quite aromatic).

saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden and slightly hazy. Aroma and taste are malt, hops, grass and notes of caramel.

harrisoni (19536) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle. My 400th beer to be rated and not a bad choice. Orange/copper colour with nettle and pepper hop aroma. Caramel/toffee flavours, caramel and hop continue throughout with hoppy pepper finish. Although 6,5% the strength doesn’t overawe it. Pretty good

Oakes (19416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2001
It's good, but I don't see the greatness. The chewy malt and earthy hops just don't quite come together for me. A lot of good flavours, but they seem to fight each other.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2003
Golden with a nice head, quite carbonated. Aroma is sweet but also from grass.Flavor is sour like a typical ale.

chrisv10 (18711) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber’/golden with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, bitter, little caramel, little citrus and dry.

TBone (18558) - 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.

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