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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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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Clear rubyish brown with basically no head, just a few sudsy soap bubbles (big ones). An extremely roasty, burnt ale, with lots of bitterness up front. Like chewing on a charred log that's been sitting in the embers of a fire. Overdone and massively disappointing. I would not drink this again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10648) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1301) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
From A Bottle.Reddish brown in colour with a small head, aroma is of light hops,taste is sweet with malt,dark fruit and a dry sweet finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4643) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
doubelknv3 (994) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Dark red with creamy head. Notes of sweet malt and carmel. Fairly sweet flavour that is quite malty with some fruity notes. A bit carbonated; sweet in front and mild bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2009
Amber with medium white head. Aroma is malts, caramel, touch of smoke / tobacco. And a definite hint of cheap hot dog. More tobacco in flavour, more malts and caramel, some spice, little alcohol burn. Thin mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeverszeuge (625) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
# 3444 ersma: dorothy, die nette dame auf dem etikett, zieht sich für jede sorte was andersfarbiges an. das ist witzig. braun-kupferfarben mit mittelviel schaum. der geruch ist malzig-süßlich mit karamellnote. der antrunk ist ale-ig, süßlich mit viel karamell, aber auch leicht fruchtige und bittere anflüge. die mitte wird herber und bitterer, auch hier karamell, dazu etwas herbe kräuter. der abgang ist bitterer, süßliche aromen mehr im hintergrund, deutlich herber. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: solide. gut trinkbar. 10,10,9,10,13,10 - 10,00

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), trace yeast (dough), with light notes of vanilla, paper, prune. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not much to say; a pretty dull beer. Rather tart in a not-so-pleasant way.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours a chestnut amber with a thin and soon-forgotten head. Aroma is anglo-hops and pinched sweetness. Tastes like a slightly over-powered ESB. Good carbonation, thinnish body. Nothing to write home about.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bax (1172) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
(Bottle 02/07-2011) Low light brown head, clear orange color, malty taste.


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