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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2158) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10544) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white good fully lasting head. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter wonderfull flavor. Week chocolate and nice caramel in perfect bitter/hop balance. Long moderate bitter great finish. Creamy palate. Excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Slightly clouded brown body. Lovely barley malt aroma with a dusty light peppery note plus a bit of caramel. Mild and smooth in spite of the relatively high alcohol percentage. Rather sweet though with a herbal spicy flavor and a nice shot of caramel. Fair amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation, long dry finish. Actually I find that this beer is rather complex and hard to describe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3779) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Burnt amber color with a thick whipped meringue of a head. Inviting fruity aroma with apricot and mango, mixed with a nice floral and spicy hop that hints at thyme. Nice caramel and fruit front, with a bite of husky astringency, some mild floral hops and a balanced finish. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Pretty nice but for the astringency.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 20, 2007
Nose of dried fruit, berries, caramel, and bourbon. Smells alot heavier than 6%. Pours a clear garnet with a smallish creamy off white head that is mostly diminishing with very light lace. Balanced start with lightly tangy acidic middle. The finish is long with slight bitterness, and again notes of dried fruit, and flowers. The medium creamy body is flat. It doesn’t happen often that a brew tastes better than it smells, but this one does. Very well done, and would make a lovely session offering. Hoping this gives me some relief from my stomach virus.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle as Our Glass. Earthy malty aroma. Amber color with a two finger beige head. An old ale aroma for sure. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is malt with something like medium dark or dried light stone fruit. This is great stuff. The mildly roasted malt is set off by some bitter hop. I can’t describe it, so you must just try it. It is very, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle, bought @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours deep redish copper with a small, off-white film head. Soft fruity aroma, a little toffee and English liquorice. Medium carbonation, fine mouthefeel. Great taste. Lots of toffee, light liquorice, sweet chocolate. A long and lingering chocolate, hoppy and dry aftertaste. Really lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (567) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
A cloudy ruby hue with a large lasting tan head on the pour with good lacing throughout to the end. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity notes, plums, dates, liquorice and some light alcohol esters. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity flavors of plum, liquorice, some yeast, raisins and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a smooth mouth feel and mild carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, dark fruits, plums and raisin notes, light liquorice flavor with a slight pungent sweet bitter ending. Overall this brew was quite good tasty and enjoyable, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich nuts, rich caramel, malt, hops and fruits.


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