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


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (630) - - JUL 16, 2015
Amber haze colour with creamy white head. Visualy medium carbonation. Aroma without notice of an alcohol:you can detect fruity-floral notes with sweetness of malts. Taste is the same, finish slightly dry. Malt sweetness is medium, also hop bitterness. Proper beer for its style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fdomig (612) - München, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Appearance is wonderful dark amber with a small white head. Taste is slightly bitter and sweet. A soft carbonation and a very nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good English Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McGarnigle (593) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Our Glass bottle with a bit of crumpet on the label. Not dated. Pours clear ruby with everlasting head (and great lacing down the side of the glass too). Smooth body with soft fizz. Caramel and raisin malt backbone. The hops hit the back of the throat to dry it out. As it warms, fruity esters really come through, but too warm and there’s sherry booziness to it. Still a really good British beer, but pricey here in the States.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
The 25 ounce bottle poured a slightly hazy dark amber beverage with a large smooth cream colored head that was mostly lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma had a good balance for the style with the hop characteristics being dominant. There were floral and herbal notes out front with a nice malt sweet backdrop. The body was medium-full with lively carbonation and a sharp, dry texture. The flavor started off with a slight sweetness; the hop character coming out strong. Toward the middle the sweetness subsides and a nice hop bitterness takes over lasting through the good long finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2009
Dark amber with a thin off white head. Slight aroma of malt with a taste of malt. Fairly smooth.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leebotton (344) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Barely any aroma. If anything, a slightly TCP tinged malty character. Looks good though, dark brown / reddish with a good amount of bubbles rising for the style. Thick, sweet, caramel deep malt flavour balances well with the bitterness from the hops. Can taste the alcohol, good full body, almost oily. A great standard beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2003
illustration of sexy blonde babe on bottle. dark amber brown. faint tobacco aroma. initial malty sweetness followed by a dry bitter bite of hops. feels thin and crisp. good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2003
(Bottled Our Glass)Ruby red with thin head. Strong woody/fruity nose. Sweet with a cascade of malts and fruits on the tounge turns to a curly hop finish. A very fine English ale. I could drink many but the 6% shows itself quickly!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Slightly reddish-copper color. Head evaporates quickly. sweet malt aroma with a slight burnt tinge. Has an odd mix of tastes. First you taste the malt, then has a slight Belgian feel. Almost like a dark belgian ale. A little on the weak side body wise. Not too bad but not great either.

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