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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle wife brought back from Wi. Has a spicey, fruity aroma. Red body when held to light and vitually no head to speak of. Flavor has a stong barley presence along with fruit and spice bitter. Left on palate is a laquer paste of spice and bitter. Filling beer and a warms the body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2518) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
Cask at GBBF 2010. A copper coloured pour with a smallish white head. Malty/fruity aroma. Tastes malty, fruity, caramel, sweet, spice. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Pint bottle pours pale brown with a short offwhite head that stays well. Aromas of slight caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is caramel, slight brown sugar, and slight bitterness at the finish. Palate is smooth and easy to drink. Pretty decent for a session brew and easy to drink. Somewhat dry at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2478) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours with NO head so of course there is no lace. Just the opposite of what Granger10 got. Cloudy amber color. Light - Medium carbonation. Nose is smoky. Hoppy/malty start and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not worth $4.50 for the 500ml bottle, only a nice addition to my bottle collection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2452) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with medium head. Aromas of molasses and toasted malts. Light flavors of malts, brown sugar, and a bit of biscuit. Bitter finish but overall nice balance. Quite session-able.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Cask at GBBF 2010, 4th Aug 2010. Mid brown, flat. Cheap chocolate (think Hersheys) and toffee on the nose. Similar flavour. Dull and flat. Blurgh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
A mild tasting strong ale - I didn't realize it was 6%. Clear brown body poured with little head. Licorice, spices, fruits, malt - a whole lot of flavors put together in a mellow package of malt. Hops are warm and lightly peppered. Palate is very smooth and full - almost flat tasting, but the carbonation is there around the edges. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2388) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Lovely mahogany colour with a great frothy white head and lace. Caramel, malt aroma.Lovely earth, malt, roasted, chocolate flavour. Smooth texture. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Earth and plummier fruit in the aroma than in the flavor. Mineralized, very softly carbonated water with fresh watermelon malt accents and herby, vegetal hoppi ng make this very nice up front. Some lasting bitterness. Reduced fruitiness compared to some other ESAs, which are not my fave style. Also, a bit thin. Miles away from the rich dark plumminess of a Fuller’s Strong, but still pretty yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber colour, slight burgundy hue. Nice lacy white that clung to the glass to the finish. Big malty aroma, sweet malty taste with good bitter depth and structure. Sharp on the palate and refreshing for such a strong ale.

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