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Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout - Wye Valley Brewery

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Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome StoutDorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout

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128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wye Valley Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 06-11-2002)
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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pt 6oz brown bottle -- fat with a long neck. Poured carefully (as to not disturb the sediment) into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very black beer, near opaque with a massive, rocky creamy tan foam head, leaving stick on the glass and a thin cream lace. Very tight. As close to nitro as you are going to get I think, without actually being nitro.

Smell: Soft roasted malts, molasses, a touch yeasty.

Taste: A firm-bodied offering, with an impressive watery (not thin) smoothness. Immediate semi-astringent twang of citrus, salt and semi-acrid roasted malts. Suggestions of liquorice, burnt around the edges with a dry molasses in the background. This is a very dry and crisp stout with little to no malt sweetness. Flavours seem to quickly snap for your attention. Big grain/tannin flavours. Metallic hidden in with the grain. Finish is bone-dry with yeasty afters.

Notes: Quite the interesting bottle-conditioned stout. Bang-on for a the style, and one of the best for the style that I've had in a long time. And, this beer really seems to grow on you.

It would be a treat to have this on cask ... *dream*

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 10:05:18 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at D.B.A. in NYC, they really know how to pull cask beers there.

Fluffy bubbly tan head stays pancaked on top of the striking black liquid. Medium bodied but not sweet. Soft and rounded burnt grain and charcoal flavours are lush within the maltiness and throw hints of smoke also. Earthiness comes from both this and the hops donning a growing bitter finish.

Serving type: cask

06-11-2002 16:55:40 | More by Jason
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A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Acquired some time back from Booths. Pin-up girls galore!

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of roasted grain, dark malt, subtle molasses, a hint of dried fruit and earthy yeast. Good depth - very nice.

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Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout from Wye Valley Brewery
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