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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Tmoney99 (14850) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber hue with large off-white head. Good full aroma. Medium body and medium finish. Full flavor with good bitter finish. Well above average brew.

kermis (14478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark golden wi a thick white head. Aroma of hops, fruit, malt, biscuit and light spice. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation,

HenrikSoegaard (14443) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Wonderfull heavy flowery hoppy aroma and flavor. Tastes like sommerflowers. Creamy palate. Wonderfull beer.

Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Lightly hazed golden ale with a thick creamy off white head. Herbal grassy hop aroma, very classy. Nice crisp malt with very nice herbal hops. Medium bodied. Bottle at the CNY Brewfest 2006.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Clear light copper body, with quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma dominated by caramel and toffee maltiness, with slight English hoppy aroma bringing up the rear. Flavor is malty sweet, with decent amount of hoppiness -- still, sweetness is a bit much. Chewy body.

Christian (13769) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
Cloudy golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of grassy hops with fruity notes. Dry and hoppy flavour with a touch of alcohol

bierkoning (13596) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2002
Pear aroma. Full boedied. Malty, peppery flavor in which alcohol is clearly present. Licorice. Nice warming ale.

Rune (13352) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 29, 2006
Bottle 500ml. Bottle conditioned (bb.26.05.06). Clear golden coloured body under a dense creamy head, slowly fading. Caramel aroma. Rich roasted malt and sweet orange fruit in a rounded flavour. A bit yeasty both in the initial and end. Light hoppy bitterness is also present in a moderate lingering finish (28.04.2006).

Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 23, 2000
amber colour, deep bitter, orange and nut aroma, complex flavor, great bitterness

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a golden brown with a medium beige creamy head. Great flavor with a nice cramy finish.

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