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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 20, 2007
Nose of dried fruit, berries, caramel, and bourbon. Smells alot heavier than 6%. Pours a clear garnet with a smallish creamy off white head that is mostly diminishing with very light lace. Balanced start with lightly tangy acidic middle. The finish is long with slight bitterness, and again notes of dried fruit, and flowers. The medium creamy body is flat. It doesn’t happen often that a brew tastes better than it smells, but this one does. Very well done, and would make a lovely session offering. Hoping this gives me some relief from my stomach virus.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Draft at Max's - This beer was "pulled" English style, served at room temp. It had very little carbonation, but seemed to be the right amount for the style. A tasty English Beer that I would get again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (785) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
500 ml bottle at home. Stood for two days and poured carefully into a pint shaker, but still more cloudy than expected. Hazy brown, with minimal head. Caramel malt aroma with a splash of Cointreau. This is repeated in the flavour, along with dried fruit and nuts. Deceptively thin mouthfeel for the ABV, but as a number of raters point out, this hides its alcohol well, and drinks more like a premium bitter, particularly as there is a hop astringency to the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
The body has a deep amber color with a burnt orange to reddish highlight. It has tons of visible carbonation rushing up to its thick and creamy head. The tightly packed off white head leaves lots of cool lace patterns and rings on the glass. It’s malty and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Underneath the maltiness is a mild dried leafy/herbal and slightly mineral like hop presence. Meeting on the tongue are wonderful malty bready notes with hints of bready yeast, caramel and toffee with mellow fruitiness. Light leafy and herbal hops add a pleasant balance of mild bitterness to the finish. Its mouth feel is a solid medium to full and smooth as silk with mellow carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint .9oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The label has a very brief description of the beer plus serving temp. It also has the abv listed at 6%. Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with a burnt orange to reddish highlight. It has tons of visible carbonation rushing up to its thick and creamy head. The tightly packed off white head leaves lots of cool lace patterns and rings on the glass. Smell: It’s malty and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Underneath the maltiness is a mild dried leafy/herbal and slightly mineral like hop presence. Taste/Palate: Meeting on the tongue are wonderful malty bready notes with hints of bready yeast, caramel and toffee with mellow fruitiness. Light leafy and herbal hops add a pleasant balance of mild bitterness to the finish. Its mouth feel is a solid medium to full and smooth as silk with mellow carbonation. Notes: This beer has a brilliant flavor, balance and excellent drinkability. Cheers!!!

1.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2007
Smells like feet or stinky cheese. Flavor is very watered down, but has hints of fruit, and a lingering aftertaste of hard sugars. It’s just not possible to get over the horrid smell.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Pours a nice dark brown with no head. Flavor is hoppy and tangy and is not well balanced. The maltiness in the aroma does not come through in the flavor. Low carbonation. I did have to give extra points for the great label.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeverszeuge (625) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
# 3444 ersma: dorothy, die nette dame auf dem etikett, zieht sich für jede sorte was andersfarbiges an. das ist witzig. braun-kupferfarben mit mittelviel schaum. der geruch ist malzig-süßlich mit karamellnote. der antrunk ist ale-ig, süßlich mit viel karamell, aber auch leicht fruchtige und bittere anflüge. die mitte wird herber und bitterer, auch hier karamell, dazu etwas herbe kräuter. der abgang ist bitterer, süßliche aromen mehr im hintergrund, deutlich herber. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: solide. gut trinkbar. 10,10,9,10,13,10 - 10,00


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