Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
Wye Valley Brewery

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Stout - English
Ranked #77
Ranked #35,863
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Wye Valley Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome StoutDorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
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BeerDrinkersWorldTour from Northern Ireland

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark with sticky CO2 almost like a black coffee in colour. One finger of beige head that has poor retention and dies to a ring of lace cover.

Smell - Burnt malt up font with a oddly sour yeasty smell. Some bakery malts up next; with breads and sweet buns. Some mild booze aroma, toffee, earth and coffee filters round up the aroma profile.

Taste - About on par with Guinness Extra. Light sour element that rides through the whole drinking experience. Plenty of burnt malt, light toffee and chocolate with bitter espresso.

Mouth Feel - Medium body and relatively smooth with light but constant linger. Still not what I would expect from the style.

Overall - Decent enough flavour But poor looks and aroma let this beer down. The so so mouth feel does not help it either.

May 19, 2015
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 28, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle: BBD 17 Nov 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Oct 2013, well in date! Bottled conditioned so, poured carefully.

Looked great, tanned head on top of a dark, dark brown with ruby edged body.

Chocolate and mild coffee notes in the aroma and taste. Nothing over stated, this chugs along nicely, a little hop bitterness mingles with the coffee and chocolate flavours to give a balanced, if slightly more malty feel to the whole of the beer.

I'd have preferred a little less 'fizz' in the body feel, but many would argue against that. Overall a fine beer by a brewery that blows 'hot and cold' for me.

Oct 14, 2013
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gutbucket2 from England

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, bottle-conditioned. appearance - dark brown with subsiding head. smell - faint roast grain. taste - medium sweetness and bitterness, slight molasses. mouthfeel - quite chewy indicating good body, average-lively carbonation. overall - the archetypal stout, like guinness ought to be.

Oct 09, 2013
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DARIVA from Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a black colored beer with a small head.

S: This beer smells slightly of coffee and chocolate.

T: This beer tastes slightly coffee and chocolate and is a little on the weak side.

M: This beer is in reasonable balance.

O: Good drinkable and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Aug 22, 2012
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EmperorBevis from England

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with quickly disappearing tan head.

Coffee and chocolate on the nose along with richly buttered burned toast.

Smooth tasting rich roasted strong coffee hints of sweetness but snapped away by a gorgeous bitter tang that stays on the tongue simply gorgeous.

Pitch perfect mouthfeel solid but not impeding the drinking experience and just ever so slightly too much carbonation.

Blimey this is good stuff

Jul 12, 2012
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output01x from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Mar 09, 2012
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with a thick tan head. No lacing, but really good retention. Note: Opened the bottle and it was filled nearly to the cap (meaning, the neck was full). Bonus!

Nice dark roasted malt aromas. I want to find some coffee in this, and I guess I could reach and do so, but this nose is just malt and some minerals. And it works.

Smooth dark roasted malt flavors. Some creamy sweetness, but just a touch really. Bitterness of grain and charred notes are just right. Long malt finish, with some mineral notes. This is a beer you flat out want to drink more of. Nothing sour in the finish; not too dry, not too sweet. Not too bitter.

Fuller bodied but some carbonation. The head is still there.

Loved this. Highly drinkable and complex enough to chase down again.

Jul 16, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am making an effort to clear some of the beer out of my basement and Dorothy has been sitting down there, patiently awaiting our rendezvous this evening.

From the bottle: "A bottle conditioned stout - pour slowly to retain natural sediment in bottle. Serve chilled." Aye aye to all of the above.

My slow, gentle pour resulted in only some tan wisps, but c'est la guerre. Color was a deep dark brown, black to the eye, but with brown highlights at the edges. Nose had notes of dark chocolate, fudge, licorice and dried dark fruit. It is a promising date with the lass. Mouthfeel was thin and she has aged well, but she has definitely aged. The taste was very charcoal smoky up front with dark chocolate underneath on the tongue. I have a feeling that the charcoal would have been more muted in her youth. Finish was smoky and charcoal, not bad, but perhaps not exactly as intended. It might be worth revisiting this beer, although it was billed as bottle conditioned.

Jun 26, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not the most impressive pouring stout, but still has the requisite look, though the head and lacing could be more impressive

Smell: Roasty chocolate, with distinct notes of char

Taste: Opens with a burnt toast and black bread character, that adds a fruity chocolate aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bready flavor mellows out the roasty char, though those flavors do linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with surprisingly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Mouthfeel issues aside, this is a very nice example of the style

Feb 12, 2011
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biglite351 from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - red around the edges some light through the middle of the glass. Bubbly head leaving a lot of thin lace.

S - malts, some chocolate and coffee. Not very strong.

T - some roasted malts, acidic coffee. Mild bitterness.

M - mild coating with tingle on both sides of tongue.

D - a little too bitter and acidic to drink more than one.

Jun 23, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black-brown color with a thick texture. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy, off-white colored head. Excellent lacing. A good looking beer.

S: Smelled of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Very subtle, like many British beers.

T: Tasted like it smelled, malt, chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Slightly thin, but still enjoyable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied - surprising for a stout.

D: One of the most drinkable English Stouts I've tried.

Jun 01, 2010
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MaineBirdMan from Maine

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Feb 18, 2010
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ajayma from Maryland

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK. In the glass, it looks like Coca-Cola. With a hard pour the red-tinged head is frothy and resilient, like the foam on an ice cream float.

AROMA. Milk chocolate, and very faint hints of char.

BODY & TASTE. Quite dry, medium-light bodied, with a strong carbonation that obscures the taste a bit. Starts of with a scrub of bubbles which eventually soften to reveal hints of chocolate and pumpernickel. The middle gives off dark chocolate and french roasted coffee notes. The roasted coffee and a slightly metallic edge lingers long after the finish.

AFTERMATH. Not a gentle beer. The charred-roasty flavors are strong and quite assertive. The bubbles, because they are rather strong, are also bit off-putting, though after letting it settle in the glass, a mellow flavor did reveal itself. Rather than drink this alone, some baked beans or shepherd's pie.

Feb 05, 2010
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Dec 21, 2009
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BrewSomerville from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, poured into a pint glass.

Aroma: A bit of smoke & some dark chocolate.

Looks: Black. Dense cream coloured head. Good head retention. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Taste: Some smokey flavour. Dusty cocoa. A hint of toffee, and just a hint of coffee too. None of the flavours really dominate, instead they all come together nicely. Good bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere in between medium and full bodied. Carbonation is perfect, nice and low.

Overall a really nice stout with a pleasant bitterness to it and some smoke. A lot going on in the flavour, but it's all very subtle.

Dec 20, 2009
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Jayli from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at BBC on 12/17

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a fabulous two finger of rocky light brown head. Nice head retention with a good deal of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of roasted malts, caramel, touch of toffee, as the beer warms some smoked notes come through.

T: Taste is roasted and burnt malts. Touch of chocolate and coffee are prevelent with some toffee notes. Finish has a hint of smoke flavoring that gets stronger as the beer warms.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, rather crisp and clean feel to it.

D: Nice beer here. Very tasty, goes down easily, and the ABV makes this an extremely sessionable beer.

Dec 18, 2009
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm, a British stout, could be interesting. It also has a picture of a Marilyn Monroe like woman on the front. That's a selling point right there.

A: Pretty thin and light looking as it pours, and leaves a light head covering that pretty much disappears after 30 seconds. A pretty dark color, with hints of ruby brown in the parts light can find the way through.

N: Very light dark ale like aromas. Crisp ale aromas with hints of fruity yeast, slight roasted aromas, and slight chocolate. A little bit of a bitter stouty smell. Occasionally, just very occasionally, I get hints of slight bits of coffee, but doesn't happen often, just the right whiff.

T: Starts bitter and almost spicy with hops. A bitter stout flavor like charred earthy malt flavors hit. Next is some sweet tangy fruity flavors probably from interesting malts and the yeast. It adds a slight off metallic flavor that's a little unpleasant. This same flavor adds a strange nagging bitter tangy flavor on the back of the tongue that never seems to go away.

M: Pretty thin and very low carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter with that nagging weird metallic tangy off flavor seeming to last way back on the tongue. It's semi dry and that lingering off flavor really detracts from the beer. A slight earthy bitter stout flavor also sticks around for a bit that is a more pleasant. It's also pretty thin.

Dec 06, 2009
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish-black color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style.

Aroma is nice and creamy in the nose with a good whiff of chocolate and light roasted coffee.

Taste is full of cream, chocolate and light-roasted coffee flavors. Pretty much like I thought. Delicious. Simple. Certainly tastes like a simple stout should.

Carbonation is in the mid-range, which helps this stout. The creaminess lingers along with chocolate and coffee flavors. Very easy to drink. Never gets to be too much for the palate.

I like this. Haven't had many english stouts but this is nice and enjoyable. It won CAMRA's champion bottle conditioned beer award in 2008. I can clearly see why. Pick it up.

Nov 07, 2009
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Richardberg from New York

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: huge frothy head when poured from the bottle. Filled two pint size cups with creamy foam that retained forever. Ruby-brown liquid is very dark once it's settled.

S: malt syrup, fig

T: straightforward, slightly burnt, and bitter. Very classic rendition of British style but doesn't stand out in any way.

M: fun! Chewy deep stout with a sharp carbonation that never stops tingling.

D: very drinkable, fun in some superficial ways, but in the end not that satisfying. Best part is the label.

Sep 15, 2009
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown to nearly black with a dense tan head that erupts from the body, almost escaping the glass, patience is needed to allow this monster to subside.

Big toasted malt aroma, yeast zest, robust barley, and just a hint of hops.

Lots of roasted barley in the flavor, deeply toasty, very traditional English Stout with a touch of coffee.

This stout is certainly wholesome as is Dorothy. Robust body, moderate carbonation, dry finish with a creamy head.

Very tasty brew from a category that is sometimes passed over for the aggressive RIS's out there. Very easy to drink, and true to the style.

Sep 14, 2009
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PatrickJR from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Take the numbers with a grain of salt; this is my first experience with an English stout.

A - Black, opaque, with some ruby highlights on the edges. About a finger of brown/gray head rises with decent retention. Decent lacing as well.

S - I'm not really sure what I'm getting here, definitely some burnt aromas but something a little smoky, almost woody or bacon-like in a faint way. Bits of toffee and caramel also appear with a bit of a salty edge. A bit of dark chocolate pops in and out as well.

T - Mild roasted grain and burnt bread flavors hit early palate. Suggestions of toffee and caramel are somewhere in the background but overall the brew is fairly subtle. Late palate yeilds some dark chocolate and some of the woody/smokey/bacony flavor from the nose with a smidge of brine. Somewhat subtle and bland at this point, the finish is absolutely horrendous. Tannic bitterness hits but grows and grows into the aftertaste to an almost unmanagable point.

M - Despite the others speaking of the prickly carbonation, I would put it at a medium level with a medium to full body. Goes down smooth and the carbonation keeps things from getting too thick.

D - For the most part this is a nice mild, sessionable, low ABV stout, and I'm not even a huge fan of any sort of stout. The worst part of the experience is the hellacious bitterness in the aftertaste that's almost impossible to shake. Very strange and very off-putting.

Sep 01, 2009
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albern from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the most carbonated and prickly mouth feel stout I've ever had. It pours a nice ruby brown color with an amazingly thick foamy, slightly creamy off white head. The head billows and retains throughout. Amazing retention we're talking about with this beer. There is a slight billowing lace too. The nose on the beer is cherry chocolate and sweetish malts.

The taste is quite good once you get by the really pricklish mouthfeel of the beer and the over the top carbonation with this one. The beer is definitely charred a bit around the edges, it has a molasses and caramel flavor, and is predominately semi-dark chocolate with some slight bittering notes. There is a bit of creamy smoothness hidden underneath all the prickly stuff. The beer isn't particularly watery, has very modest ABV, and had little aftertaste. Not a bad find.

Jul 10, 2009
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BeerSox from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Jul 05, 2009
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, too much carbonation, huge foamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee. The taste is bitter, malty, with some toffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

May 07, 2009
Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout from Wye Valley Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 133 ratings