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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle at John bull. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sweetness, malt, hop, caramel. Flavour is sweet, malt, caramel, hop, alcohol, fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (9856) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9845) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, hops and a little bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (9672) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2010
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 07/08/2010 Fruity aroma. Mid brown dark coloured a little rich on the palate strong in alcohol and fruity with a bitter malt finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (8552) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2003
The aroma is roasted and nutty with a touch of licourice. Looks pretty good too - a very dark ruby coloured beer. Tastes of winter fruits and licourice with roast character. Quite juicy and mouthfilling on the palate. Good long finish too. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7502) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2009
Cask (handpump) at the Plough, Worcester, May 2009. I only went for it because I thought I had only had it in bottle but it turned out to be one of those "I must have rated this before, oh no I haven’t moments". Ginger colour. Good condition. Quite fruity aroma. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Sweetish. Some medicinal herbal notes.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7040) - 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.


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