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

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available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12071) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (12031) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11845) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (11755) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11655) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - 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."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (11379) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (11234) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (11216) - 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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