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

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (589) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
A cloudy ruby hue with a large lasting tan head on the pour with good lacing throughout to the end. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity notes, plums, dates, liquorice and some light alcohol esters. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity flavors of plum, liquorice, some yeast, raisins and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a smooth mouth feel and mild carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, dark fruits, plums and raisin notes, light liquorice flavor with a slight pungent sweet bitter ending. Overall this brew was quite good tasty and enjoyable, very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Superb. Incongruously poured a 500ml into a liter glass. Whatever. It fits! In this dim light I can find no exp date. Pillowy half inch light tan head. Slightly misty iced tea brown. Nose of lightly toasted wheat, rye, myriad nuts, pears, and banana bread cooling on a stoop far off; as well as fading hints of caramel, cocoa, coffee, and cream of cinnamon, again -fading- this beer is roving complexity. Mouthfeel is perfect. Balanced to its core. I’m compelled to compare it to all the other British pale/full pale ales available in CT. Its closest cohort is Fullers ESB, but the extra few percentiles of ABV give it a noticeable edge: more chewy, more dry, less raw bread, more brown cracker. Not as sweet as the delicious Black Sheep. Certainly more bodifull than Coniston Bluebird (my other Brit fave), but possibly as dry. Much richer than the refreshing St Pete’s Ale. Not as one-trick as the overtly hoppy Sam Smith Nut Brown. Easier to sink your teeth into than the subtle Pitchfork. Dead on in strength: 6%. Quintessential cool-whether pale ale when Fullers 1845 is just too much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2310) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2012
500 ml bottle. A malty beer. Some fruit notes, caramel. The body is thick and sweet. This beer did not hold my interest.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4375) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
500ml bottle poured a reddish-brown color with a small off-white head and some fine lacing. Aroma is mostly toasted malts. Taste is a pleasant malty sweetness with a mild hoppy bitter finish. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is a nice representation of the style and was an enjoyable tasting experience.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2277) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Cloudy dark amber with medium head and full lacing. Taste is a nice balance between caramel malt and light hop bittering. A good session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Clean malt aroma with a light fresh alcohol aroma.Dark orange color with a small white head. Light bitter beginning getting stronger in the finish. Malt plays a large role in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4297) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
Amber to brownish colour. Smells a bit like a stout: roasty and coffee. Also some wort smell. Tastes sweet and malty. Active carbo, nice full body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bax (1172) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
(Bottle 02/07-2011) Low light brown head, clear orange color, malty taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2011
Slightly hazy amber colored beer, small slightly off-white head. Don’t smell much. Taste malts, slight coffee, slight hops and fruits. Low carbonation, low to medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11891) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2011
Clear amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light nutty. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 240711


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