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


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RATINGS: 1012   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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sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2008
Pours a hazy amber, aroma of muted malts and dusty hops. palate is spicy hop heavy with a robust malt backbone, bitter and slightly agricultural finish, very pleasant.

K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2001
Not bad, just not for me.

thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Poured a hazy orange color....I swear I even see the sediment in the head. Small head that does hang around for a while. Has a doughy aroma to it that is real nice. Has a sweet, fruity taste to it and a hoppy finish. I would recommend this to others.....I have not been disappointed by a Young’s product yet.

dirkbreedveld (289) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2004
nice amber color, malt and citrusaroma's. Nice long taste and easy to drink aswell, again a hit from this brewerie

christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
A Quality Strong Ale. A very nice hoppy bitterness, but the alcohol is somewhat over bearing of the flavours.brown, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, bitter, soft carbonation, medium body, oily feel,

theSlipperyPen (282) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2010
Pours with the traditional darkened amber of an English bitter - though a haze gives sign of the bottle conditioning. It wears one finger of soapy white head which leaves a foam of lacing. First to the nose is blue cheese and cellar damp. With time given to breathe this subsides but is picked up again in the mouth. Toffee and marmalade aromas rise up with a buttery smell of toast and ginger snaps. Bitter sweet taste with more of the marmalade and the first signs of earthen hops. Mouth feel is slick with a medium to thin body and fine carbonation. Finish is a tapering of the malts with a hint of warm lemon grass. It’s a standard London bitter; no frills but an enjoyable drink down the pub.

Xavalias (280) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle from supermarket. Pours orange-amber with little head. The aroma is fruity, malty, with hints of caramel. Some hops in the finish. The taste is light to medium sweet with a nice bitter finish.

mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2003
Dark golden brown and a thick white head. Good lacework. Very full bodied, the alcohol is well balanced. Reminds me of good biere de garde, finally an english beer with "balls"

morri (277) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Tiny white head. Hazy amber body. Aroma of caramel and malt, slightly smoky. Sweet on the tongue, and actually becomes nauseating after a while.

KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 This poars a pleasant and thick ruby with a nice offwhite and somewhat lasting head. The nose is pleasant and caramel malty. The taste is initially sweet and bready, but it rounds out with a nice bitterness. There’s a bit of a cherry pie or apple flavor in there, and perhaps some brown sugar and spiciness. Overall, this is a relatively complex and grand ale. Perhaps it is a bit overbearing on the sweetness.

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