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


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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (9342) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2010
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 07/08/2010 Fruity aroma. Mid brown dark coloured a little rich on the palate strong in alcohol and fruity with a bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hansen (8548) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Light amber and hazy. Has an off-white head, lasting. Aroma is heavy sweet, some odd fruity notes too. Perhaps light hops. Flavor is heavy sweet, light bitter finish. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8481) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle from Waitrose, Stroud. Deep brown in colour with a touch of red and decent, off-white head. Fruity aroma with some caramel sweetness. Flavours of barley sugar and redcurrant jelly, with plenty of alcohol in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), trace yeast (dough), with light notes of vanilla, paper, prune. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not much to say; a pretty dull beer. Rather tart in a not-so-pleasant way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7598) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Labelled as "Our Glass". Pours a flat clear reddish-brown with no head. Mild semi-sweet aroma of light hops, spices and caramel malt. Flavour is quite malty and has a mild Scotch Ale quality to it. It’s also surprisingly bitter compared to the aroma. Thin to medium bodied. Hey tupalev, you mention not liking it as much as me & Harry but I rated it lower then you, so clearly you are wrong. Overall it was a decent beer but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 26, 2011
[email protected] bull pub.Pours deep brown with an off-white head.Aroma of malt, hay, grains, caramel and some fruitiness.Flavor is sweet and somewhat sugary with some spicy notes.Medium body, average carbonation.Ok beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2009
Cask (handpump) at the Plough, Worcester, May 2009. I only went for it because I thought I had only had it in bottle but it turned out to be one of those "I must have rated this before, oh no I haven’t moments". Ginger colour. Good condition. Quite fruity aroma. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Sweetish. Some medicinal herbal notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel-brown color with a huge creamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet toasted caramel, light cherry, molasses and yeast. The flavor was bitter with notes of toffee, caramel, raisin, cherry, bread, nut and was a bit earthy. The finish was long with nut, caramel, raisin, cherry and bread. Medium body. Ok.

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