Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
Wye Valley Brewery

Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome StoutDorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
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Stout - English
Ranked #76
Ranked #34,782
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Wye Valley Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome StoutDorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
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Todd from California

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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*

Oct 27, 2002
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carrymehome74 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dec 25, 2011
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a huge caramel-colored, bubbly head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and a bittersweet hoppy aftertaste. There was a oaky taste, too.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Only my second English Stout, but I really enjoyed it.

Jan 22, 2008
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dedrinker from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with edges turning deep amber under the light. Thin head disappeared fast, but left a decent lacing at first, then quits after several sips. Faint aroma of roasted malts. Tastes of mildly sweet chocolate and roasted malt with a medium body and finishes with a mild hop bitterness followed by coffee-like flavor and acidity. Sure, I'd do it again. No, I wasn't blown away.

May 11, 2007
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BretSikkink from Mexico

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

Almost pitch black, big tan foamy head. For coming out of a bottle it was very tight, gets rockier as time goes on. The aroma isn't as big as I would have thought, pretty standard with roast malt and chocolate.

There is a hint of burnt flavor, some molasses and espresso tastes. Not thin, but it's not the biggest stout ever. There isn't any sweetness to offset the bitter, and the hops are somewhat buried. Also quite a bit of bread yeast, as this one is bottle conditioned.

Not a bad stout, pretty flavorful. Good for the style. I would decant to keep out the sediment if I had it again.

Apr 14, 2007
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prototypic from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Mar 26, 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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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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scalffd from Illinois

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

It pours very dark black with some dark brown around the edges in the light. It has a light brown head which at first pour is hugh and maintains nicely throughout the glass. Awesome lacing sticks to every part of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and smoke. Taste begins the same and ends with a hint of bitterness. Average aftertaste hangs around for a little while. Mouth feel is slightly creamy, but light and it is very drinkable. Goodbody's is a nice overall English stout.

Sep 23, 2006
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MrHurmateeowish from Maine

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown bottle from Lighthouse in Manchester. Pretty much opaque black body with about an inch of tan head. Smells roasty, nutty, and licorice-like. Tastes burnt, smokey, chocolatey, coffee-like. Slightly astringent due to the burnt malt. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, though it's still a sipper. Pretty good stout.

Feb 20, 2007
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theformula from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #12 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/12. My g/f picked this up @ Firewaters in Atlantic City in Jersey. Let's see how this bottle-conditioned stout stacks up.

A: Pours a mahogany body into a snifter w/ a ruby center. A large, tan and dense head retains very well. Sticky webs of lacing grace the glass halfway down. It does look like a cask-poured ale.

S: Molasses, vanilla, baking chocolate w/ charcoal and coffee overtones. Very dark, roasted malt character and a citrus quality comes out as well.

M: Light body, creamy and mouth coating. This has a firm, carbonation bite like soda. Nice.

T: Big, roasty malts, almost no sweetness to it. Very dry and good for the style. A little smoke gets in as well as charcoal, baking chocolate and a mineral quality. Firm. Takes a bit to warm up to this one.

D: Tasty stout. Nothing extraordinary but great for the style. On the bitter side w/ not much malt sweetness. Finish is dry and begs another sip.

Jan 14, 2008
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

May 24, 2013
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sneaks2210 from New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

Nov 21, 2012
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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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BrewSomerville from Canada

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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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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hwwty4 from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 16oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a light, thin brown with a nice 3 inch beige head that lasts all the way down the way down. The aroma is light chocolate, a bit of soy sauce, and a bit of watered down coffee. The flavor is light coffee, a bit astringent, baker's chocolate, and an odd saltiness, that kind of follows suit to the soy sauce. The mouthfeel is light for a stout, slightly watery. This is really just an average beer across the boards.

Nov 18, 2008
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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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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nov 20, 2011
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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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mcsquint from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 1 pint 9oz bottle at Gomer's in Lee's Summit.
A - Poured into large dimpled mug, this stout is opaque black until held up to a bright light source, which reveals a dark red color. HUGE foamy head which disspates rather quickly leaving little lacing on the glass.
S - Dark chocolate with a hint of dark roasted coffee.
T - Tastes less malty than expected with semi-sweet chocolate flavor.
M - Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation more like a soft drink than an ale. Quick on the finish.
D - Overall, it's good. I would recommend that people try it. However, there are better stouts to be had for the money.

Oct 13, 2008
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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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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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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Dec 05, 2011
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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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