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


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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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.

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McGarnigle (650) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Our Glass bottle with a bit of crumpet on the label. Not dated. Pours clear ruby with everlasting head (and great lacing down the side of the glass too). Smooth body with soft fizz. Caramel and raisin malt backbone. The hops hit the back of the throat to dry it out. As it warms, fruity esters really come through, but too warm and there’s sherry booziness to it. Still a really good British beer, but pricey here in the States.

thewolf (12535) - 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.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2008
500. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with a loose and sudsy tannish head. Sharply tart nose in a way that seems to come from out of nowhere; raw and overripe and strawberryish, almost kinda grand-cru-ish. Odd, but you could see why they might want to go this way. Figs and dry leaves as well. Medium body, not much character in the way of creaminess or anything. Figs, raisins, and a bit of strawberry on the mid-palate. Neutral finish.

jsquire (4425) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Out of the Our Glass bottle. Copper color with a thin white head. Some cereal grains and citrus hops in the nose. Bready malts and caramel sweetness with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Our Glass from the bottle at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a deep chestnut amber body with a medium whitish head. Nutty, sweet, hoppy, citrus nose. Malty, chalky, mildly tangy fruity flavors. Fullbodied and earthy in the finish. Very nice beer!

unclemike (3115) - 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.

Gethinbeer (2452) - 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.

bhensonb (15096) - 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.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Ourglass - I thought this was pretty thin overall and devoid of any compexity. Slightly bitter upon first taste, sour, dried fruits, somewhat astringent and some light bready maltiness.

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.

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