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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1001   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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yngwie (17186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Bottle. Lightly hazy, amber color with very low cream-white head. Low carbonation in the glass, but some of the beer came out of the bottle when I opened it. Fruity aroma. The taste is fruity, with some alcohol in the middle, and a long, bitter aftertaste. (050920)

jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange in the glass. Nose and taste of bitter hops, sugar and caramel. Rated 11/3/2000

FatPhil (16953) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 27, 2010
500ml bottle (London Pub, Helsinki) (7-4-7-4-15=3.7)
Lovely fruity hoppy aroma, peach and mango in abundance, sweetish malts and light caramel backdrop too. Crisp carbonation - has BC’d quite well. Lovely malty palate, roast is gentle and a touch caramelly. Damn, those fruity hops are everywhere, not as citrussy as new world ones, but stickier fleshier ones. And the bitterness is lovely too, leaving a lovely tasty finish. Covers 6.4% brilliantly, I could session this. Rerate of: 500ml bottle (Kings Arms, Oxford - as 400th Anniversary Ale specially for the pub)
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Dedollewaitor (16359) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
50 cl bottle. BB January 08. Pours amber orange with a lovely full white head. Aroma has malts, caramel, buiscuit. Medium bodied. Taste is of dusty old malts & fruits. Close to be over the top & also very ordinary.

MiP (15962) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle, 6.4%. Nice aroma, sweet and spicy hops with a hint of sour rag. Almost clear copper colour. Big, stable white head. The flavour has some of the same characteristics as the aroma. Good bitterness. Caramel finish.

bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
A malt aroma, and the hops aren’t that noticeable. Hazy apricot color, little head. Begins with llight malt, finishes with a bit of citrus and pine. Nearly chewy. Light carbonation. Really, really smooth feel. Finishes with a hint of citrus and toasty malt. Could drink this all day.

Ratman197 (15224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005
On tap @ the Falling Rock poured amber with an amber head. Aroa was toffee, fruity, and light citrus. Flavors of bread a bit fruity, with a dry finish.

gunnfryd (15175) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head.Aroma is hop and roasted caramel. Flavour is hop, sweet roasted caramel. Light bitter finish.

Borup (15165) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, malt, yeast and banana.

imdownthepub (15160) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle conditioned, aged 3.3 yrs, 500 ml. The beer matures to a dark amber with lasting white head, a pleasant pop when opening the bottle. Smooth, strong beer with heavy yeast nose. Clear and warming with vanilla undertones and a port, sherry body. the hops have lost their edge, blending in to the body. But all is not perfect! What is this fishy, cod liver oil note i get left with? never expected that. Overall a very good beer though.

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