Brewed by Wye Valley
Style: Imperial Stout
Bromyard, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle conditioned; Special.
Dorothy Goodbody’s Imperial Stout has been brewed in celebration of Wye Valley Brewery’s 25 years of producing quality beers. For this limited edition brew, Dorothy has selected her favourite Herefordshire hops from Pennington’s in Madley, and Herefordshire Maris Otter pale malt grown especially for Wye Valley Brewery by Chris Davies of Upper Derndale Farm in Canon Pyon.
Crafted by our head brewer, Jimmy Swan, the stout’s flavours include sweet vanilla and toffee giving way to a delicate, lingering hoppy character. The result is a warming, rich, full-bodied stout that will improve with age.

smmadge's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
smmadge (87) - - AUG 13, 2013
Smells like being cask aged, which it hasn’t. Taste is sweet with raisins and port..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (4300) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
500ml bottle @ the 9th Shrewsbury Bottle Share Oct 14, courtesy of Simon. Pours black with creamy beige head. Chocolatey malt aroma continuing to the taste with deep lactose flavours and smooth comforting coffee tones. Why don’t Wye do more beers like this??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6344) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Cheers Simon for bringing the 500ml bottle to the October 2014 Bottle Swap: shared between four of us. Bottled in 2011 and one of six thousand such bottles according to the box it came in. Poured a deep black colour with a lightly tanned head. Chocolate nose with semi-sweet molasses giving the hops no chance in the aroma stakes. The taste was a smooth, dark chocolate pudding of a flavour palate, fairly sweet too. Really slick body which hid the alcohol very well: I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (1019) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
500ml bottle, Christmas present from the family. Poured carefully into the Wye Valley pint glass provided. Very dark with a tan head. Brazil nut toffee aroma. Big rich caramel malts with creamy vanilla, dried fruit with contrasting coffee bean and dark chocolate bitterness to draw the saliva. Alcohol warming, but not overpowering. Full bodied, slick and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
16h December 2012
Opaque black stout, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, light and semi dry. Easy going dark malts, no bitterness or roast. Smooth. Light minerals. Touch of lactose and dark chocolate. Finishes smooth with a late carbonated nip. Relatively simple but hugely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (7683) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at the De Molen, second Tuesday tasting, August 2013. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin off-white head. The aroma is weak malt with a hint of raisins. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with some roasted malt, zesty citrus fruit, liqourice and a hint of coffee of the smooth and flavour packed palate. This is a super rich and super tasty beer from Wye Valley. I’m impressed and looking forward to more of the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (4258) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at 2nd tuesday tasting. @ de Molen, hosted by dEnk. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of dusty licorice, raisins and a hint of port. Flavor is bitter, roasted and loads of licorice and wine. A bit thin and off balance, but still well drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting @ De Molen. Thanks Joost! Aroma has winey raisin port like notes, chocolate, some roasty black malt and fruity touches. Flavour is big roast, raisin, liquorice and chocolate. Almost seems barrel aged. Nice, but only for certain moments and in low quantaties, but really something else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9001) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Nice smooth stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fdomig (834) - München, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2012
500ml bottle. Aroma is fruity and sweet, light caramel. Appearance is very dark with a small, fine brownish head. Taste is malty and bitter. Very nice. Overall a great Stout.

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