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

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RATINGS: 139   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (3876) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1820) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Cloudy dark amber with medium head and full lacing. Taste is a nice balance between caramel malt and light hop bittering. A good session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1685) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1282) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
2011, bruine kleur, helder, ruikt en smaakt een beetje als een stout, rook en koffie, bitter, zoet, beetje mout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (742) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
500 ml bottle at home. Stood for two days and poured carefully into a pint shaker, but still more cloudy than expected. Hazy brown, with minimal head. Caramel malt aroma with a splash of Cointreau. This is repeated in the flavour, along with dried fruit and nuts. Deceptively thin mouthfeel for the ABV, but as a number of raters point out, this hides its alcohol well, and drinks more like a premium bitter, particularly as there is a hop astringency to the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leebotton (185) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Barely any aroma. If anything, a slightly TCP tinged malty character. Looks good though, dark brown / reddish with a good amount of bubbles rising for the style. Thick, sweet, caramel deep malt flavour balances well with the bitterness from the hops. Can taste the alcohol, good full body, almost oily. A great standard beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Medium /dark ruby color with a thin head. Malt aroma with musty hop aroma. Slight hop taste, malts, slight toffee. Very slight port like quality.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3880) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Clear copper with small creamy beige head, nice circular lacing. Aroma is aroma is toasty and earthy, medium sweet. Taste is light sweet, earthy and roasty, slightly peatish. Finish is scotch ale. Medium body, slightly chewy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle. My 100th English beer. Poured a very dark amber color with a thin tan colored head. The aroma is plums with some raisins and toast. There is also some walnuts and milk chocolate. The taste is roasted walnuts along with a little smoke and a slightly salty finish. Thick mouthfeel and some woody character make this feel like a proper winter beer.


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