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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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BA SCORE
84
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 130
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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Reviews by nixhecks:
Photo of nixhecks
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit the label is probably the main thing that attracted my eye to this one on the shelf. Poured a dark black with the slightest brown edges. Sticky white head that had medium retention and left some lace. Aroma is very faint, but I am picking up mostly a sharp, chalky chocolate aroma. The taste was really quite good, I thought, mostly a bitter chocolate malt, roasted grains, smoke, and a touch of dry hops on the finish. It reminded me of a guiness without the nitro charge. Mouthfeel was smooth but a little thin and bubbly on the finish. Not bad at all except it was a little pricey.

nixhecks, Jan 14, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a health food store while down in Greensboro,NC,pours a pitch black with an off white rather large fluffy head.Aroma is nutty and of burnt fruit,a very dry tasting stout somewhat tarry and cedary with a hint of nuttiness.Very English tasting and a good find but not sure if I could handle to many of them though.

oberon, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Almost pitch black in color with a nice, tanned head that seemed to last forever.

Smell – The aroma here is faint, but there are some nice roasty notes along with a hint of caramel and maybe some coffee.

Taste – The roastiness really comes out nice and smooth at the tongue as does a significant bitter note. It kind of lost the edge of sweetness from the nose, though.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied stout actually showed a little carbonation, which I thought was out of place for the style.

Drinkability – This was OK, but I thought the taste was a little two one-dimensional and the carbonation threw things off.

RoyalT, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of Todd
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*

Todd, Oct 27, 2002
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.

Jason, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color with a nice creamy head

Smell: coffee, cream, and caramel

Taste: coffee and a little cream

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation, slightly bitter end

Drinkability: This to me is a just above average English stout. It tastes good and I could have a couple, but could just as easily pass.

tigg924, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. bottle. Best before date of 12-18-03. The label is really cool. It's what caught my eye at the beer store. I could see this kind of art on nose of a WWII bomber.

Appearance: Poured a very dark, ruby-tinged color with a slight amount of thin tano-colored head that spots the glass.

Smell: Sweet yeasty smell detected. Some coffee, too. And a dash of earthy mustiness.

Taste: Very good for the style. Nothing over the top...just a well-balanced flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, smidgen of hops make for quite the tasty beer. Nothing resembling any sweetness to be found. Finishes quite dry and semi-bitter.

Mouthfeel: Tightly carbonated and crisp on the palate.

Drinkability: 4.6% ABV? I could drink this all night long. Light on the palate, big on the flavor. For me, this would be fantastic when pulled from a nitro tap. Dorothy Delivers!

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Tastes of roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of dark malt, faint burnt grain, coffee, mild molasses, a hint of dried fruit, earthy yeast and a twinge of stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee and earthiness.

Lovely - a tasty stout that hits the spot. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour showcase plenty of roasted malt and coffee notes. The body could be a shade thicker and perhaps slightly less carbonated, but it's none the worse for that. Goes down a treat - worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour, just a little light passes through down at the bottom. Creamy 1/4 inch head, good bubbly lace threads. Nice aroma, rich chocolate and a mellow blueberry tone. Very good flavor in the Brit style (non-huge), medium coffee roast, definite mocha cocoa, and a dryish but not deadly ashy finish. Pleasant creamy mouthfeel as well and it takes on better characteristics as it slightly warms. It won't blow your socks off, but this is a comfortable beer to have sitting beside the chair in an imperial pint glass.

ADR, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich chocolate nose, with some roast, mollasses/vegemite. Really dry mouthfeel, bitter and roasty. Cadbury Chocolate flavour, some cola, vanilla, vegemite and some citric hops, quite a lot of different flavours. Light to medium bodied, with a fizzy mouthfeel. Its not bad, i just don't think the flavours blended together that well.

rastaman, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a big spongy light tan head. The head takes up 1/2 of the glass but settles down quickly to a tight little head. The carbonation is strong with big bubbles

S- The smell of earthy dark roasted grain and some black roasted malt are very crisp. There is a hint of dark chocolate and some slight sour yeasty notes that smells more of honey malt when it warms.

T- This beer has a dark roasted malt flavor that starts with a slight sour note. There is lots of bitter black grain that has a wonderful fresh quality to it. The finish has very soft hops with some of the bitterness coming from the grain, it also has a nice hint of fresh cigar tobacco in the finish aswell. This beer is pretty dry but I think that really helps the darkness of the malt and grain come through.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight astringency at the finish.

D- This is a true stout. When the bitterness of the grain hangs on your breath as the hops do in and American IPA that is impressive. I enjoy dark roast coffee with big earthy taste and this appeals to the same taste buds. It really raises my standards for what a good stout should taste like.

rhoadsrage, Jan 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

carrymehome74, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is it Marylan Monroe on the cover? A dark brown with decent head stout, sourish, much like an English brown really, with a tad smoke. Decent drinking. One of the highest ranked UK ales, maybe because of the boldness. Sessionable alcohol. Dry finish, thanks Mike and Jason.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful appearance! It's very deep mahogany/black body is topped by a great big dollop of rocky tan foam that holds well. It eventually drops to a creamy collar and thin surface covering while just a small rocky outcrop remains of the former mountain of foam. It leaves solid sheets of lace throughout the first few sips, and some pretty solid rings after that. The nose is limited, but displays some roastiness and some dark caramelized sugar. The flavor delivers very much the same thing with a dryish and gently acidic roasted malt that expresses some nice caramel as well. The yeast and hops have added a thin note of citrusy fruit that livens things up. It's light and smooth across the palate, gently caressing the tongue with a soft, fine natural carbonation before simply sliding away. The flavor remains, however, in a long and dry lingering finish that first displays a light metallic note; then some licorice; and finally a delicate roastiness and rising bitterness that eventually cleanses the palate and leaves you ready for another swallow. Very well balanced and quite nice! It's certainly not overdone, allowing you to have far more than one in a session if so desired; yet it also has just enough flavor and character that you might want to.

NeroFiddled, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a nice dark mahogany color. Mostly clear. Light cuts through easily giving it garnet (nearly purple) highlights. It's topped with a beige head that's extremely foamy. It's easily four fingers deep. It really takes its time dissipating and leaves sheets of thick lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: The nose is a little weak. It smells primarily of roasted and chocolate malts. Roasted malts smells stronger, but chocolate is apparent and gives it a slightly sweet smell. There's a touch of coffee, but it's faint. Smells a tad yeasty. It's above average, but nothing to get excited about.

Taste: The flavor profile is dominated by roasted malts. It's got a nice flavor, but is lacking in depth. There are some nice, bittersweet chocolate notes. Coffee is very faint and is buried under the mountain of roasted malt. There is a little bit of yeast flavor on the tail. Overall, it's far from bad. I'm not dazzled by it, but it's alright.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a light body, leaning medium. Carbonation is too active and prevents it from having a smooth feel. Not bad though. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not imposing and goes down easy.

This beer is a little above average. I was close to awarding a "4" for flavor, but it's just a little too one dimensional. That being said, Dorothy Goodbody tastes pretty good. She doesn't have enough to justify committing the rest of your life to her. But, for tonight, she'll do.

prototypic, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guiness Stein
Color: Dark Mahogony/black 3/4" head
Nose: Lots of coffee and chocolate, some floral notes
Taste: Very smooth with a nice blend of chocolate and coffee. Some lasting hops left on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation and slight bitterness.
Drinkability: Very smooth and quite easy to drink. A great example of a British Stout. Well worth the price.

MaineBirdMan, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of DESTRO
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this beer wasnt what i thought it would be. sure it looks good, black as night, smells decent, roasty and hearty. but alas once in the mouth, its watery, thin and dumbed down. its like a quality stout that someone spilled some water into. unimpressed and hopefully it was a bad bottle?

DESTRO, Mar 26, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

S: Slight cola smell & roasty malt & dark fruits as this warms

T: Dark fruit, some roastyness & dryness up front. Cocoa, more dark fruit & roasty malt as this warms. Finishes roasty, with some charred grain & a touch of plums

MF: Smooth & somewhat thinish, thickens up as this warms

Drinks alright, not enough malt depth to get to jacked up about, you could surely session on this, no problem. Better English stouts are out there, but this is worth a shot

russpowell, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of output01x
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, even coating and thick foam ring. The body is a dark brown nearing black with faint traces of ruby when held to light. Thin, even lacing clings to the glass in rings on any available surface.

Dark, roasted malts give off aromas of dark chocolate, cacao, and roasted coffee beans. There does not seem to be much of a noticeable hops presence. Furthermore, the nose itself is a bit on the mild side, but that is to be expected of a traditional English Stout (especially one under 5% ABV).

Flavors of roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and chocolate milk all impact the tongue at the beginning of each sip. Swishing the beer about reveals an overlying metallic flavor along with a cacao pepperiness. As the beer is swallowed, the roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors become a bit more pronounced, as does the metallic tang. As these flavors fade, a chalky bakers chocolate flavor lingers on the palate as an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer exemplifies drinkability for the style. The body is about as full as a 4.6% ABV stout can get. It coats your mouth well without ever becoming sticky. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy but does not seem to interfere with the body or the flavors. The swallow foams up a bit but is a welcome part of the experience.

output01x, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Stout has a nice mild coffee taste to it. The nose is that of coffee. This is a Stout that I truly enjoyed every taste that I drank and that is saying something about this particular Stout as I do not enjoy the extremely strong coffee tasting Stouts. Give me a mild tasting Stout and I am happy!

hotstuff, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with a 2 inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of charred malt and some citrusy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick but the carbonation level is very high. There's definitely more carbonation than I'd like in a stout. Drinkability is decent, but would be much better if the carbonation was lower. It's not a bad English Stout, I'll have to try this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and cola-like. Flat black...fading to dark brown at the base of the glass with a foamy tan head that is a full two fingers thick. Fore is roasty and bitter, but also watery tasting. Almost approaches licorice tasting, but it is somewhat chicory/sasparilla tasting as well. Finish is very mildly chocolate tasting, dry and bitter. English stouts always seem to be much thinner than their North American cousins and this one is as well.

Jredner, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into pint glass (not a nonic this time, required one small extra pour). Sediment left in bottle.

Opaque all around except for the very bottom, where some ruby red hints show. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin even cap. Solid rings of lacing along the glass.

A good amount of slight bitter roasted malts are in the aroma, giving reminders of back coffee. A light smokiness is in the background.

Burnt malts in the flavor, this time paired with a little bit of cocoa. Some more smokey characteristics are mixed in. Full bodied. Very dry finish.

This one has some of the burnt, smokey, and roasted characteristics that set a stout (stout porter) aside from a porter. Well rounded and solid. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 05, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
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Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout from Wye Valley Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.