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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy dark brown color with a minimal froty white head that mostly lasted with minimal lacing. Moderate tart fruity aroma. Medium body. Medium tart fruity flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. This beer did not meet my expectations.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3086) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2006
Deep copper color, brussels lacing. Raspberries, ornages, cranberries, cinnamon in the nose. Light med body, cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, watery finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Dark amber with a frothy head. Sweet, leathery aroma. The taste begins with some sweet maltiness, but the bitter hit is prompt, ashy and aggressive. Just what I was feeling like today.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4288) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Pours deep mahogany into an English pint. Off-white micro head. Licorice notes. Creamy with a sharp, lasting licorice bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle: Pours a murky amber color with very little head or lacing. The nose has a very robust caramelly note, missing a bit of co2, but it has a light fruit and sherry note to it. I like the body and mouthfeel with the rich caramelly malts. Finishes with a light snappy acidict. Classic english strong ale with that characteristic atlantic voyage age to it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle... Crystal clear amber ale with a small, frothy, white head. Faint, malty nose and flavor with light notes of toffee and caramel. Sufficiently bittered for "near" balance. Medium-bodied and soothingly creamy with mediocre carbonation. Lightly bitter, grassy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle labeled under the "Our Glass" moniker. Pours a headless dark brown. Very murky. Nose is malty and sweet with chocolate notes and caramel. Light hop aromas as well. Taste is cocoa, sweet malts, dusty or powdery cocoa, light floral hops. Touch of spice as well. Body is light-medium with almost no carbonation. Rather smooth, though. Finishes with more powdery cocoa, light flowery hops, soft chocolate, sweet malts, dried dark fruits, and a bit of spice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7244) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle picked up at SH Jones Bicester. This was more like it, after having the Wye Valley Butty Bach I then had this one next and had picked it up without even looking at the strength in the shop. This was a corker, poured a deep copper colour with a sweet malty aroma and not much of a head. But it was the Taste Department that this really excelled in, a really full flavoured beer that tasted of toffee, malt, and some slight burned flavours excellent when compared to its stablemate and very good in it’s own right.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Burnt amber color with a thick whipped meringue of a head. Inviting fruity aroma with apricot and mango, mixed with a nice floral and spicy hop that hints at thyme. Nice caramel and fruit front, with a bite of husky astringency, some mild floral hops and a balanced finish. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Pretty nice but for the astringency.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy deep coppery/ruby pour, with small white head. The aroma is caramel malty, with a fruity and hoppy element. The flavor is caramel malty, with a firm hop bite and some finishing fruit. Well balanced and imminently quaffable.


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