Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass | Wye Valley Brewery

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Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassDorothy Goodbody's Our Glass

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Wye Valley Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brakspear on 06-06-2003

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by Kwak:
Photo of Kwak
1.66/5  rDev -51.3%
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 oberon
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a thin wispy head leaving a small amount of lace behind,very mild aroma of some caramel malt but to mild.Mouthfeel seems to be pretty watery for a beer at its strength making the flavors very shallow I picked up some caramel and brown sugar very abrupt ending to this brew no flavor melding at all.Wow pretty dissapointed in this beer watery and way to mild I'll make sure never to let the woman on the bottle lure me to it again.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This was orangish-brown in color and developed very little head.

Smell – The aroma is very subdued, but what I could pick up consisted of caramel malts and maybe some sugars to boot.

Taste – The caramel-laded toasted malts form the backbone here along with some brown sugar and what seems to be a big shot of alcohol. How an ale picked up a “Strong/Old” classification with only a 6.0 ABV and then managed to overdo the alcohol notes is beyond my understanding.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol tinge is too big to smooth out this medium-bodied ale.

Drinkability – They have some good ingredients here but weren’t able to pull off the style. The meager 6.0 ABV came on too strong and ruined this effort.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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 generallee
4.33/5  rDev +27%
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 soper2000
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grandparents picked this up for me at Jungle Jim's in Cincy. Nice little surprise. Pours a light crisp brown with a minimal head that left a nice lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of bready malts. Caramel type flavors are evident in taste as is a slight nuttiness. A warming feeling rounds out this beer. Decent but this probably won't be warranting a second round.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: This REALLY needs to be enjoyed at cellar temperature. It cannot be sampled cold.

Poured carefully, Dorothy Goodbody's Our Glass delivers a slightly hazy chestnut body with auburn and orange highlights beneath a short head of yellowed-ivory foam that holds well but leaves only minor spotty lace about the pint.

The nose delivers yeasty fruitiness and floral & grassy hops over a slightly caramelish and bready malt.

It's medium-bodied and dextrinous in the mouth; with a very fine, restrained, bottle-conditioned carbonation that gently caresses the palate and then allows the beer to flow smoothly away.

The flavor is more caramelish than the aroma suggests, and it's enhanced by a fruitiness that seems to be coming from a combination of yeast and hops ( berry-ish, but they're even a touch citrusy). It's backed by a solid bitterness; and peppered with leafy and grassy hop flavors, and a subtle wash of alcohol. It finishes long and lingering with a quick dollop of matiness that quickly erodes to leave a dull bitterness and grassy/leafy hops behind.

Overall, it's quite a nice strong ale for times when you can't linger at the pub and have to get back to the wife and screaming kids!

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Samp01
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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 granger10
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

What the heck? This beer foamed rapidly upon the slightest of pours. It took the foam/head forever to die down! While waiting I drank some of what was left in the bottle and the beer foamed rapidly in my mouth! I has to wait forever to drink this one. When I finally could drink it out of the glass it was nothing special. The smell was very faint and the flavor was weak. It was nice though with a toffee sweetness and yeasty dryness and some dry hoppiness. The flavors weren't bad and I could drink this one easily, once the foaming ended. But the body was too thin and the flavors were too weak. I'm keeping the bottle, but not drinking this one again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
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 jdhilt
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with NO head so of course there is no lace. Just the opposite of what Granger10 got. Cloudy amber color. Light - Medium carbonation. Nose is smoky. Hoppy/malty start and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not worth $4.50 for the 500ml bottle, only a nice addition to my bottle collection.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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 brakspear
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle conditioned British ale that has its good points but overall is pretty average. Great label and presentation though.

Pours slightly carbonated, a clear dark copper with a limited bubbly head that laces somewhat. The aroma is a muted blend of malts and some English hops, but very limited nose overall. The flavors are also rather bland, some biscuity flavors with a slight hop bitterness. The beer has a decent mouthfeel for the style. Worth trying if you can locate it, but not really an ale for the regular rotation.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +15%
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 dwarbi
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer tastes a lot like a porter. It pours a white, creamy head that provides tremendous lacing -- marking every point at which I had a drink. It really doesn't taste bitter except in the aftertaste. Chocolate and toffee aromas dominate. Same tastes dominate. Clean finish. Very drinkable. I didn't care for this beer at first, but it grew on me.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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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