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Young's Special London Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Special London AleYoung's Special London Ale

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very good

399 Ratings

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 31
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2001)
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Photo of Jason


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi-aggressive carbonation that foams quickly when first pouring. Tawny bronze hue with a very faint haze from the yeast, light tan head drops down to a thin lace. Woody aroma with hints of hops and a musty grain showing some faded sugary sweetness. Thick and slick mouth feel, smoothness has to force its way through the viscous body. Juicy fruity and a tad buttery with a thick maltiness which brings a heavy hand of sweetness. Hops are bitter enough to counter the sweetness as well as a spicy alcohol. Ripe fruity flavours throughout. Drying husk toasted grain in the end. An eclectic strong ale that would be better paired with a rich meal than to drink it alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 18:44:21 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Custom 500ml brown bottle. This is Young's Millennium Edition of the style, previously known as their Export Bitter. Best before 4/2001. Bottled conditioned.

Appearance: Pours with some highly active carbonation which induces a great big foamy, off-white, rocky head with great staying power and stick -- probably one of the best heads on a beer. Colour is a bright amber. There's a thin layer of sediment at the bottom, from its being conditioned in the bottle.

Smell: Has a really soft bouquet with notes of fruit, fresh hops and toasty malts with a slight earthy aroma. Lovely perfumy vapors.

Taste: Smooth on the palate, a bit slick. Medium bodied brew with some chewiness to it. Upfront there's a rather tasty malt character of caramel/toffee and toasted malts that mingles with a unique raw hop presence (leafy and oily). Fruit flavours and some citrus adds a lovely twang of bitterness, especially as it gets a boost from a tingly carbonation that refreshes the palate. It's all artfully balanced with the malt. Finishes sweet with some bready flavours (yeast).

Notes: Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable beers that I have ever had. All the makings of a world-class brew. It's balance is perfection, it's taste is liquid bliss. I got this one on sale at Bread & Circus for $2.99. I have to buy some more!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2001 13:01:04 | More by Todd
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Looks amazing. Highly carbonated due to bottle conditioning. Deep orange marmalade colour. Spectacular lacing and 3 dimensional foam right to the end. Smells like candied fruit. A rather Belgian smell in fact. Similar to a tripel or Belgian strong pale ale.. The taste is more candied fruit with spicy peppery hops. Floral to an extent and perfectly balanced. A little bitterness is present but it's wrapped in a yeasty fruity sweet parcel. This is super tasty but easy drinking with a nice abv that pushes the top end of "moderate". Warming and spicy. Hard to categorise. A great example of a modern British bottle conditioned ale.

My mark out of one hundred would be 82.

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Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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