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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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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Crystal clear brown with a small (expected) light tan head. Initial earthy and toasty malt aromas which tend to get a bit more fruity as it warms. Hints of spicy hops and light licorice. Smooth, thin and slick in feel. Light dry sweetness in the start balance well by the darker malts and hops. Light medicinal pepper and mild fruit finish. This is one of those that makes you sit back and ponder the brew and its complexities. Is it world class, with its slight, conspicuous nuances; or just good, with its lack of grap you by the nose and throat qualities. To me it is one of those beers that bring you back to the realm of traditional brewing - Flavorful, relaxing, simply complex and balance. Ah, it's gone! What the hell am I taking about?

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zita (4915) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Absolutely no head. Some pretty dry hops, but mostly it just tastes flat. That said, its weirdly grainy flavor is still pretty good, just not great.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4528) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2006
500 ml bottle (labeled as "Our Glass") from Julios Liquors in Westborough, MA (Feb 2006). Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay glass. No date, of course, like you’d want to know how old this 6% English beer is before shelling out $5. Sigh, my own fault. Anyway, it’s muddy dark brown with a dried blood-reddish haze to it, just a tiny touch of immediately dying head...nose is caramel, touch buttery but not overly so, quite oaky, oxidized, rather elegant to my nose but also faint and old....the body is port-like, smooth and oxidized with light hints of metal, upon which light cherry flavor and woody somewhat astringent hops rest....grows drier after midpalate though the beginnning thinness of the beast is less apparent. Lovely bottle, not quite so lovely contents.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4360) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4290) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown vibrant beer with a citric fruity aroma and a fairly strong fruity and dry flavour. Overall quite disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
Amber to brownish colour. Smells a bit like a stout: roasty and coffee. Also some wort smell. Tastes sweet and malty. Active carbo, nice full body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Poured a small tan head that fully dissipated, no lacing, minimal carbonation, cloudy, and a brown orange hue. Nose was malty, caramel and lightly hoppy. Flavor was malty, bitter, caramel, and hops. Tingly palate. Medium body.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
The aroma is malty with sweet with lightly toasted malt, yeast, and hops. The appearance is deep amber with a very small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this is a decent beer.


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