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


on tap


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle, labeled as "Our Glass", shared with blankboy and Hogtown Harry, courtesy of Harry. Musty tea, cinnamon, herbal, rootbeer and malt aroma. Dark brown/orange, very still and flat looking. Very sweet musty malt taste. Tea like. A little thin. A grower, it became a little more like a weak Scotch Ale. Some bitterness and alcohol, but not a ton. Ok, didn’t like it as much as my drinking companions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - my bottle. Poured cloudy mahogany with a small off-white head. Sweet candyish malt aroma, some mild hops - a nice funky woodiness emerges as it warms. This is very malty, mildly spicy and funky - there’s a hin of bottle-metal there too; reminds me of a light belgian ale crossed with a scotch ale. Mouthfeel is syupry, fairly flat, with a solid body (no pun on the picture) and fair alcohol presence. I liked it - started sweet, had a longish finish with a fair amount of alcoholic bitterness left on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy deep coppery/ruby pour, with small white head. The aroma is caramel malty, with a fruity and hoppy element. The flavor is caramel malty, with a firm hop bite and some finishing fruit. Well balanced and imminently quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Clear copper with small creamy beige head, nice circular lacing. A bit like drinking a weak port but nevertheless a very drinkable beer. some spicy wheat and hops in there Aftertaste is pleasant and rather gentle considering the 6 per cent strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 Bottle at home ... copper thin white head ... sweet toffee malts...sweet fruity toffee hop ... juicy ... little hop resins ... some blackcurrant ... little hop bitterness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2010
Cask@GBBF10. Coppery red colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is fruits, some alcohol, mild floral and fruity hoppyness along with some wood and mild syrup. Flavour is fruits, wood, some mild alcohol, mild syrup as well as some slight notes of caramel malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours amber with a decent beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a tasty caramel malt base with subtle hop bitterness. This would be a lovely session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11940) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2010
clear brown with a red hue, smooth light brown head. malty, dry caramelly, mild hoppy bitter aroma. Quite fullbodied aroma. flavor is dry hoppy, faint flowery, lots of malts, faint sweet caramel, ends deliciously bitter english style, things balance perfectly in this one. Palate sometimes gets a little watery. some of the bitter flavors almost resembles roasted grains. nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Clean malt aroma with a light fresh alcohol aroma.Dark orange color with a small white head. Light bitter beginning getting stronger in the finish. Malt plays a large role in the end.

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