Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass
Wye Valley Brewery

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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #285
Ranked #43,911
3.45 | pDev: 17.68%
Wye Valley Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy ruby hue with a large lasting tan head on the pour with good lacing throughout to the end. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity notes, plums, dates, liquorice and some light alcohol esters. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity flavors of plum, liquorice, some yeast, raisins and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a smooth mouth feel and mild carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, dark fruits, plums and raisin notes, light liquorice flavor with a slight pungent sweet bitter ending. Overall this brew was quite good tasty and enjoyable, very nice.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am making an effort to clear some of the beer out of my basement and Dorothy had been sitting down there, patiently awaiting our rendezvous(es) since yesterday evening. We woke up together this morning and she was ready for a second go-'round as was I, so here we are.

From the bottle: "A bottle conditioned ale - pour slowly to retain natural sediment in bottle. Best served slightly chilled." Aye aye to all of the above. Rilly?!? Slightly chilled? A hot number like Dorothy? A quick cool-down in the shower may be in order. Save Water, Drink Beer! Save Water, Shower With A Friend! Really Save Water, Drink Beer While Showering With A Friend! She is nodding in assent, so away we go.

I'm back, Dorothy with me, slightly chilled. I went with a VERY gentle pour as she is not into the rough stuff and I did not want to agitate any yeast in the bottle. No worries, though, she has no yeast problems, in case anyone was wondering. No head, other than wisps, at this time but a beautiful garnet color with NE-quality clarity. There is a real reason that MILFs are gaining popularity - many women get better with age, Dorothy hopefully among them. Nose had a caramel/toffee sweetness, suggesting that the hops had faded in the aging process. Mouthfeel was thin with a sherry-like dryness and a very mild bitterness in the mouth. In looking at the style description, it strikes me that Dorothy has aged quite nicely. It probably helped that it was bottle-conditioned, but I make no apologies for having forgotten her. I just got overwhelmed with work at one point and could not give my stash of beer the attention that it deserved. Finish was likewise dry, the hops making a grassy appearance at the extreme finish. Thanks for hanging in, Dorothy!

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Buttery malt with just a hint of hops upfront. Seems rather diluted. Possibly an older bottle.

Ditto on the taste. Buttery malt compliments just a smattering of hop bitterness. It's the classic bitter formula at work here.

Lingering sweet/buttery malt. Nothing to crow about here.

It's not bad but I was expecting more from the style. I just have a difficult time mustering up the motivation for home-team examples of this style.

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Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-copper, huge tan head steadily shrinks to 1” lasting top, some nice rings of lace.

Aroma is rich caramelized barley, toast, light tea, leafy and strong, with some mineral/iron, some vague dried cherry. It is very English and pretty nice.

Taste is a lot of very winey fruit – mostly cherry, raisin, and prune – with caramelized toast and a strong woody-leafy-earthy-herbal, tingly hop character soon joins but then becomes more vague and subdued. Hop bitterness just dominates he finish and aftertaste, which is very dry and toasty with hints of dried fruit in brandy. It’s a bit heavy and drinakbilty is not high, and the character eventually settles into good but somewhat two-dimensional quality.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that impressive to look at, but not bad. Chestnut to auburn in color, clear, without much head and only spotty lacing.

Smells of bready caramel malts, with a touch of fruitiness and a grainy background.

Tastes pretty good. Caramel malt characters are bold, accented with a nice fruity flavor, with a touch of hops and some grassy notes.

Feel is smooth and relatively light, with a nice lingering bitterness.

Overall it's pretty good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive and lasting head, leaving lots of chunky lace. Chunky recession as well. Deep amber color. Clear.

Mildly caramel aroma. There's a touch of deeply toasted malt bitterness. There's some alcohol to the nose as well.

Rich broth with a low level of carbonation. This is a predominately malty brew. There's enough hop bitterness to give it a little balance. Overall, this is a dry beer with a creamy finish. The finish has a enough hop to make it interesting.

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Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint .9oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The label has a very brief description of the beer plus serving temp. It also has the abv listed at 6%.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with a burnt orange to reddish highlight. It has tons of visible carbonation rushing up to its thick and creamy head. The tightly packed off white head leaves lots of cool lace patterns and rings on the glass.

Smell: It's malty and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Underneath the maltiness is a mild dried leafy/herbal and slightly mineral like hop presence.

Taste/Palate: Meeting on the tongue are wonderful malty bready notes with hints of bready yeast, caramel and toffee with mellow fruitiness. Light leafy and herbal hops add a pleasant balance of mild bitterness to the finish. Its mouth feel is a solid medium to full and smooth as silk with mellow carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a brilliant flavor, balance and excellent drinkability. Cheers!!!

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Photo of meeekyh
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16.9 oz bottle into a water glass. The color is a deep amber with a slight haze. Head is tan and moderate in size with decent lacing though not much retention.

The nose is rich malts and floral hops with a touch of caramel.

This is a big, malty beer with a bit of hops but almost no bitterness. It is smooth and creamy with a bit of complexity and a nice balance.

This is a full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and despite the fullness and body it is still easy to drink.


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Photo of kegger22
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass is a deep amber/red color with a half inch, beige head that fades to a collar.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt.

The taste is lightly caramel, but there is an unpleasant after taste of copper penny. The taste doesn't noticably improve after warming.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A 6.00 ABV is quite reasonable and I can get past the after taste. The only drinkability knock is the fairly high price tag on an above average beer.

Everything about Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass is slightly above average, and so is my rating.

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Photo of Kwak
1.66/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

had this to finish my mug list it was the first beer of my night but it was all i tasted the next morning. poured nice and thick firm head griped the glass,very strong heave taste thick smell of alcohol with a little prune finish very heave hard to get down i was lucky to keep it down!!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a bubbly head and some fair lacing.

Scents of fermented stone fruit and a little caramel.

Bunch of different flavors here. Malt is sweet and toasted, almost smoky. Some dried stone fruit elements, with a little toffee note and and odd, medicinal/almost iodine edge to it. The hop presence is adequate, and the finish is fairly clean.

Moderately carbonated, decent bodied.

Overall, not too bad. A decent ESB, with some oddities. It was one of those beers that you see week after week and never buy -- so I grabbed one. A bit more marketing than quality, but decent just the same.

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Photo of Goliath
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a large inch and a half off white head. Decent retention and some spotty lace.

The aroma is ok. Some bready type malt, slightly sweet, with a bit of caramel.

The taste is ok. Caramel, nuts, and bread, slightly sweet, and a very slight bitterness. Not terribly impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated leaving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. This one is fairly easy to consume, but the flavor is a little uninspiring. I wouldn't be upset if I didn't get around to this one again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Super lacing & very good head retention

S: Plums, pears & apples

T: Plums, apricots & leafy hops up front. Some dryness, more fruittyness plus herbal hops & caramel as well. Finishes with figs, plums & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & superb balance

Drinks very easy, a proper English ESB!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dorothy Goodbody's- Our Glass

A- Deep clear red with a thick frothy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Dried fruits like raisin and cherry come through. Carmelized malt, tea leaves, and licorice as well are noted.
T- Sweet earthy tea hops balanced with a grainy caramel malt body.
M- Sweet and slightly boozyin the body, dry oily bitter finish.

Overall- Potent for a 6% abv. Decent at best, good for sipping. I won't revisit though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper/amber with a thin, lasting off-white head. Some broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel/grain with some tea-leaf and vague fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet malt - grainy, a bit caramelish, nutty. Bitterness is very subtle. Sweet - could use more balance.

The body is a bit shallow. Pretty slick with a covering sweetness on the palate.

Nothing particularly unique here - a pretty standard English ale - I don't know about an ESB - more like an English Pale with a bit more alcohol. Not bad for one - easy enough to drink, though I wonder how much the slickness (and alcohol fairly well-covered) attributes to that. Pleasant enough to get through a bottle easily enough.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy/hazy brown with no head. The smell is mostly of malt. The taste is malty with some notes of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Overall, this is a very smooth and easy to drink beer – would make a nice session choice. As a side noted, it appears that others have noticed large heads on this brew, so I’ll look for it again – perhaps it was just my bottle.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle thanks to Josh

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a thick tan head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly biscuity and floral with a mild fruitiness.

Tastes like it smells,biscuity upfront followed by a floral hoppiness and fruitiness. A stern bitter bite hits midway through and rides to the finish. There is a slight metallic taste at the finish that tends to linger.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Was quite a tasty beer up until the metallic finish. That put a damper on the flavor,overall enjoyment, and drinkability. I'd maybe revisit this one if I knew that the sample was fresh.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a sloppy pour creating a huge head with tiny bubbles, that lasts a ong time nicely carbonated. It has a brownish copper color, with a nice off white head color. Smells of floral, fruitiness, some grassy and a hint of bread. Flavors come with a highly caramel essences, that is not what the aroma suggests. Yeasty with hop, peppery and a good solid bitterness. With its medium body, a fine ESB for sitting and enjoying.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 25oz bottle with a neat label. It was a dark amber color with a thick white head that retained well. Some nice lacing. It had a sweet, fruity (but nondescript) aroma. A malt taste up front, with a little fruit and then some hops. A comfortable beer, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness info. printed on the label. Consumed on 27/07/06, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: bright copper in colour, the effervescent reddish-beige beer head builds up extremely fast and creamy from the first second of pouring onwards, and I have to stop half-way through the pint glass as the beer head has way out-grown... the beer head then sustains extremely well, slowly settling in totally five minutes to a souffle-shaped mount, leaving dusty lacing around the walls of the glass. Nice and lively carbonation, not fierce.
S: piney yeastiness comes together with a stream of assertive sour sweetness of marinated prunes and a sharp edge of saw-dust, in a sense quite reminiscent of Flemish Red Ale, esp. Rodenbach!!... plus a mild edge of brown sugar; from a short distance, surprisingly it should smell like banana-cake!!! Distinctive nose this beer shows, and I'd guess it's the weird yeastiness in its bottle-conditioning that brings all the difference.
T: as expected, the texture upfront is immensely effervescent... quickly a clearly sour-nutty theme of amber malts develops along with a layer of delicious, sour-sweet but stale prune-ish fruit-esters plus other fruity elements the same as identified on the nose to boot; an intensifying bitter overtone of dried spices (like star-anise, nutmeg and licorice) as well as dried leafy hops expands towards the very end of tasting, with a residual herbal sweetness and chewy tannin lingering at the root of the tongue--just slightly dryish mouthfeel in the finish.
M&D: the mouthfeel suffers a lot from the sharp fizziness upfront; thankfully, the texture softens as the flavour deepens and the bitter aftertaste overwhelms the whole palate. A very interesting beer. If the carbonation could be managed more skilfully, it might as well have been an even more impressive and complex brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Handsome label on the bottle, but almost no hiss when bottle is popped. Despite a vigorous pour, no head at all. Lightly fruity nose with a touch of faint caramel. Caramel-chocolate flavor, mostly sweet with moderate bitterness. Low body, very thin mouthfeel. I'm used to low-carbonation in English draft beers, but this beer is almost flat.

Quite a disappointment. The label is the only great thing about this beer. The style listed here on BA is almost surely inaccurate too. It's more of a mild, or maybe a brown ale, but still not a very good one.

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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet brown body with some orange highlights; at first I thought this lovely body would be headless but a hard pour brought up some foam which quickly settled down to a mass of bubbles thatrefused to dissappear; bubbles wound up dotting the side of the glass as well

Smell: Fruity apple smell with an underlying hint of alcohol and British hops

Taste: Starts out relatively malty and straightforward with some great promise but all of a sudden a flinty, mettalic and astringent bitterness assaults the tongue; the bitterness lingers on and is joined by some alcoholic warming

Mouthfeel: Rather heavy bodied with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: Wihat a schizophrenic brew; at first, I couldn't tell whether I liked it or not but eventually I decided to give it the "thumbs down"

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a mild hop aroma. It has a bisquity scent as well. The taste is good. It has a strong malty flavor that goes down semi-sweet and finishes dry and quite bitter. It has hints of raisin and figs. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It really only lacks in the mouthfeel department. There's not enough CO2 and next to nothing in head retention. Overall, a good drinker.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per NeroFiddled's advice this was poured at 50 degrees.

Pours a clear red brown ale with a low carbonation level, not much head.

Smell is sweet and wheat with lots of fruitiness and phenols in the scent. Notes of Irish Whiskey and rum are carried on the alcohol scent and fairly robust dark roasted grains. Chocolate and coconuts scents in here too.

Taste is very dry and fruity and roasted on the first swallow. Lots of fruity British ale esters in every swallow and the aftertaste is sweet at first and then goes bitter. Quite strong roasted flavors to this one and an herbal bitter finish. Every sip screams British ale.

Mouthfeel is good, thick without the assistance of carbonation.

Drinkability is hard to decide. This is some different stuff and probably is meant to deliver a cask pulled ale in a bottle. Certainly drinkable but alien to my Pilsner trained taste buds. I need to try more cask ales I think

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small light brown head that doesn't last long, no lacing either. Bready and caramel aromas, sugary caramel and sweet honey flavors, medium bodied with a lightly carbonated almost watery mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, gets better as it warms.

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 48 ratings