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

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Pour is a dark caramel brown with a small tan head that is noisy and very temporary. A pleasant aroma of dark fruit and caramel. That aroma stays pleasant throughout the bottle. Flavor is rye, spicy, fruity, and caramel. Throw in some more spice and this could be a nice Fall or Winter seasonable. Still, it is a nice beer with a classic feel to it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - my bottle. Poured cloudy mahogany with a small off-white head. Sweet candyish malt aroma, some mild hops - a nice funky woodiness emerges as it warms. This is very malty, mildly spicy and funky - there’s a hin of bottle-metal there too; reminds me of a light belgian ale crossed with a scotch ale. Mouthfeel is syupry, fairly flat, with a solid body (no pun on the picture) and fair alcohol presence. I liked it - started sweet, had a longish finish with a fair amount of alcoholic bitterness left on the tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle conditioned 500ml: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 16 Oct 2012 @ home. The bottle had a best before date of 20 Jan 2013. Dull reddy brown body with a full head of white bubbles on top. The nose was semi-sweet malty molasses with a mini-hint of spicy hops arriving as the beer warmed in the glass. The taste was also malty with a hop bitterness coming late on each sip. Woody, nutty and malty, loads to find in the flavours to be honest: a very complex and enjoyable brew. The alcohol level sat well within the body strength and couldn’t be detected: always a good sign in my eyes.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Poured a rusty brown with a beautiful foam head that stood and stood. Nice florally sweet aroma. The flavor is harsh at first, acidic and woody, but it settles into a smooth (a little flat) roasty ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zita (6121) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
light sweet alcoholic aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, light sweet dry finish.may be too old.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Pours slightly cloudy, amber-red with a medium-sized tan head. Scent is cola...caramel. Taste is deeply fruited, sweet and soft. Bread, toast, raisin..... Wonderful stuff..... .......oh, ....the label art rules.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5802) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 First off, this has the best, biggest, longest lasting, most substantial, creamy head I've seen. Good aroma, some spicy wheat and hops in there. Nice amber-red color, quite hazy, bottle conditioned. Tons of lacing. Seeping with quality. Flavor is quite round and very fluffy, but has some nice bitter elements on the finish. A touch of dry, chewy caramel malt. Incredibly well done, big body, but needs more complexity to back it up. Gets a touch boring towards the end.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5686) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of frothy light tan colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy body with finely sized yeast floaties that was brown in color. The aroma was mild with sweet malty notes and the mouth feel was vinous and tingly from start to finish. The sweet malty flavor left a semi-thick feeling in my mouth.


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