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


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RATINGS: 1010   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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thewolf (12601) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Irma, Industriens Hus, Cph.
Pours hazy golden amber with a fine, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, lots of malts, some toffee and good flowery hops. Medium carbonation, fine, lightly dry mouthfeel. Flavour is wonderful. Lots of toffee, a bit of burnt caramel, good, dryish flowery bitterness. A touch of metal perhaps, but the beer is maybe just served a tad too cold. Long, lingering aftertaste with a heacy hops presence. This is really enjoyable.

Camons (12450) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Pours amber with an creamy offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruity hops, banana, sweet citrus, oranges. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, fruity hops, sweet citrus, orangepeel. Medium body, light oily mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. 210216

jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
16.9oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is light/medium malt, yeast, maybe some faint fruit-pear/citrus, then piney. Taste is light/medium malt-toffee that gives way quickly to spicy/earthy hops, some fruit, some alcohol. Good effervescence. Occasional.

Sammy (12211) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
refreshing ale. Not that bitter. Seems to be offset by substantial malt, as noticed in aroma of head along with fragrant forest of hops, although less so in the drink itself. Features of a nutbrown in an amber colour. Bitterness and nuttiness and malt in aftertaste.

Pinball (12156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2009
50cl bottle found in fakta allerød. clear orange / light amber, small thick offwhite head. sweet, flowery, quite hoppy aroma, faint pine, faint grapefruit - very american for an english beer. nice. aroma is mild, balanced and lovely. flavor is dry, pine, flowery, hoppy, refreshing. very nice. overall definetly one of the best mainstream english beers i’ve had. thirstquencing, tasty and good ABV. nice!. ends rather discrete with a little hop bitterness and some malty flavors.

slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"this is a slightly dark, medium bodied, and well balanced ale. it won’t do anything that makes you stand up and take notice, but it’s pretty solid if not extraordinary."

madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2002
Like others experienced a lot of the contents was lost when the beer was opened. Might be because of the bottle conditioning. What do I know! Has a beautiful orange colour with a somewhat boring head. The aroma is wery fruity and malty. Has a nice bitter flavour, where the alcahol is dominant. In the aftertaste there is this great bitterness and I have notes of apples. Very pleasant acquaintance.

rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2009
500 ml bottle. From m/s Silja Serenade.
Deep golden colour with tiny white head. Bitter fruity aroma with caramel. Lots of toffee/caramel in bitter fruity flavour. Some sugary sweetness.

Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, peach and grassy hops. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Cherry, toffee malt, and mild pine hops aroma. Hazy amber with large head. Light cherry and toffee malt flavor with a mild hops finish. A bit light finish but nice drinkable beer.

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