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Brewed by Wye Valley
Style: English Strong Ale
Bromyard, England

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mainly available bottle conditioned. Occasionally available on cask.
The fields of barley ripening in the sunshine; the hops climbing up the bines in late summer... It was sights like these that inspired Dorothy to create her Country Ale.
Made with all-natural ingredients, it’s a must for any discerning drinker who savours the summer and cares about the countryside.
This strong, full-bodied ruby ale can be enjoyed on its own or as a partner to red meat dishes, cheeses and even rich steamed puddings.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown vibrant beer with a citric fruity aroma and a fairly strong fruity and dry flavour. Overall quite disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
has a nice redish color to it. thought it was better when it was a liittle warmer but has a nice sweetness to it and a little spice to.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1846) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle. Reddish brown with a huge off-white head. Fruity, bready, spicey aroma. Sweet malt, fruity taste with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Full bodied. Good stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small light brown head that doesn’t last long, no lacing either. Bready and caramel aromas, sugary caramel and sweet honey flavors, medium bodied with a lightly carbonated almost watery mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, gets better as it warms.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Mine was one of the "Our Glass" bottles. It’s a muddy reddish-brown with a wee white head and, luckily, tastes better than it looks. The aroma is a nutty roasted malt with dark, dried juicy fruits (prunes, raisins) and an earthy hop bitterness. It’s a thick drink with dark sweet malt, a bit of rough smoke, dried fruits, nuts, and hop bitterness. Nice dry finish. Good, but not special.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
From A Bottle.Reddish brown in colour with a small head, aroma is of light hops,taste is sweet with malt,dark fruit and a dry sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle. My 100th English beer. Poured a very dark amber color with a thin tan colored head. The aroma is plums with some raisins and toast. There is also some walnuts and milk chocolate. The taste is roasted walnuts along with a little smoke and a slightly salty finish. Thick mouthfeel and some woody character make this feel like a proper winter beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6154) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), trace yeast (dough), with light notes of vanilla, paper, prune. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not much to say; a pretty dull beer. Rather tart in a not-so-pleasant way.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Cute pun, all right..."Goodbody", "(H)our glass (figure)" so, jokes aside, is this rather pricey beer worth it? (a whopping $5.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle where I bought it). Appearance: deep, dark brown body, clear in the light, with a small, faint head. Aroma: all fruit, sweetness and yum, but rather quiet. Taste:...and terribly mild on the palate, too, with a thick malty feel, and an oddly short finish. Strangely flinty. Mouthfeel’s actually heavy, although the flavor it carries is nothing to sing or shout about...nothing about it is...incredibly ordinary,,,speaks softly and carries a nerfbat. Although the taste is nice, bright, fruity, tasty, it’s nothing you can’t find better represented in other beers. I’ve got one more beer left in the fridge to try from this line, and I’m still wondering why they exist. Or are so damned expensive. I definitely don’t need another of these.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Earth and plummier fruit in the aroma than in the flavor. Mineralized, very softly carbonated water with fresh watermelon malt accents and herby, vegetal hoppi ng make this very nice up front. Some lasting bitterness. Reduced fruitiness compared to some other ESAs, which are not my fave style. Also, a bit thin. Miles away from the rich dark plumminess of a Fuller’s Strong, but still pretty yummy.


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