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


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4403) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4314) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4278) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2003
Ruby coloured with a slight head and smooth finish. Well balanced and delightfully drinkable.A bit like drinking a weak port but nevertheless a very drinkable beer. Aftertaste is pleasant and rather gentle considering the 6 per cent strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4215) - Allston, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4112) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2006
Deep copper color, brussels lacing. Raspberries, ornages, cranberries, cinnamon in the nose. Light med body, cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, watery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Dark amber with a frothy head. Sweet, leathery aroma. The taste begins with some sweet maltiness, but the bitter hit is prompt, ashy and aggressive. Just what I was feeling like today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Out of the Our Glass bottle. Copper color with a thin white head. Some cereal grains and citrus hops in the nose. Bready malts and caramel sweetness with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pour is a dark hazy red with an average white head. Aroma is a nice mix of spice and cinnamon. Flavor is also a nice mix of flavors. Some hops show up but a nice spice hits the tounge along with some dustyness and caramel malts. A nice brew to sip on a cold night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
An english strong ale from England, to much of a rarity in these parts! Deep amber, buit fairly flat looking--it may have sat for a bit at the beer fest. An initial impression was that it was fairly hoppy for an ESA, but curls of candy malt soon caught the attention of the olfactory sense. The flavor is fairly hoppy as well, this brew, said to be bottle conditioned, seemed like it was overripe and underdeveloped--still in its infancy. If this was a fish we would be forced to throw it back. Oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
A rich malty beer with deep caramel malts. The hops have a deep herbal flavors. The taste of the beer gives a real presence of English ale

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