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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 Bottled conditioned from Wycombe Wines, High Wycombe, Bucks. (500ml). A decent ale with a variety of flavours, and some underlying roastiness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (9999) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. Redish brown beer with mid head, low condition. Strong dark flavoured beer with a toffeeish undercurrent. Some boiled hop notes with a vegetable, cabbagy note. Nothing special despite the ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
A mild tasting strong ale - I didn't realize it was 6%. Clear brown body poured with little head. Licorice, spices, fruits, malt - a whole lot of flavors put together in a mellow package of malt. Hops are warm and lightly peppered. Palate is very smooth and full - almost flat tasting, but the carbonation is there around the edges. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle pours a red brown color with a small off white head and decent lace. The aroma is roasted malt, ale fruit, and slight hops. The flavor is nice and roasty, chocolate, bitter coffee, sweetness, ale fruitiness, and overall pretty tasty. This ESA behaves like a Porter/Stout/ESA hybrid. The palate is smooth and slick. Overall, I like it fairly well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Ruby with a weak tan head. Sweet floral aroma, some licorice. Disappointing flavor. Decent but not exceptional. Great label but not a great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Translucent or clearish amber wiht a thin white head, medium bubbles. The nose has some hints of bitter and alcohol and wheat hops whatever in the nose. THe taste is strong bitter right off. Later bitter as well. It just hangs out in there. Not that bad but just a tad bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Clear rubyish brown with basically no head, just a few sudsy soap bubbles (big ones). An extremely roasty, burnt ale, with lots of bitterness up front. Like chewing on a charred log that's been sitting in the embers of a fire. Overdone and massively disappointing. I would not drink this again.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2389) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours with NO head so of course there is no lace. Just the opposite of what Granger10 got. Cloudy amber color. Light - Medium carbonation. Nose is smoky. Hoppy/malty start and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not worth $4.50 for the 500ml bottle, only a nice addition to my bottle collection.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2004
Dark brown-red with beige head. Malty aroma with molasses, licorice and alcohol. Bitter flavor with alcoholic tones. Licorice, molasses, syrup and spices as well. Roasted. Fat and velvety palate.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5583) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Poured a rusty brown with a beautiful foam head that stood and stood. Nice florally sweet aroma. The flavor is harsh at first, acidic and woody, but it settles into a smooth (a little flat) roasty ale.


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