Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout | Wye Valley Brewery

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Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome StoutDorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout

Brewed by:
Wye Valley Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 06-11-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is almost black with a dark cola glow towards the bottom of the pint glass. The head is enormous, light brown, and very thick and sticky. Pour carefully or the head becomes a pain in the ass because the retention is almost too great. The aroma is surprisingly weak and consists of a vague smell of roasted coffee. Taste is initially dry and bitter, with a roasted coffee flavor. This flavor is joined by a dark chocolate malt taste towards the middle of a sip, which brings a nice balance and rich sweetness. Finish has a dry, bitter roastiness. Overall flavor reminds me more of an Irish dry stout than the few English stouts I've sampled. That said, Dorothy Goodbody's Stout is a choice beer find and only lacks in the aroma category. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into an imperial tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and roasted malts with a touch of hops.

T: Mild flavors of coffee, dark fruit, milk chocolate hit first but they're faint enough to make you question what type of beer you're drinking. The taste is nowhere near as malty or sweet as I was expecting and if I hadn't seen nor smelled the beer I would have thought it was a stout at all. There's a decent hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not usually the type of beer that I go for but this is a nice darker beer that is worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark walnut with generous ruby highlights, capped by a toasted ecru head. Big-bubbled along the sides, the foam presents delicate, lace-like bubbles on its upper surface and leaves sticky spiderwebs of lace on the inner surface of the glass. Thick, cobbled sheets form farther down as the beer descends. A good look.

While the nose lacks power initially, it's more forthcoming as the beer warms. Deep inhales are rewarded with aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Perhaps a whiff of dark fruitiness as well. Upon tasting, Wholesome appears to be closer to a light, dry stout than a heavy, sweet one, but really doesn't fit comfortably into either camp.

Chocolate and coffee have faded into the background and I'm left with a straightforward, no frills, roasted maltiness. There's also a modicum of bitterness that is more likely due to a generous roasting time than to hops, as no real hop flavor is evident. The shakily medium body is probably closer to light-medium, especially when style is taken into account.

Dorothy Goodbody (who bears a striking resemblance to Marilyn Monroe) brews a pretty nice stout, although its body is no match for hers. Wholesome Stout is no 'head turner', as is its namesake, but is still good, solid beer. Sometimes that's enough.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black with ruby highlights towards bottom. The 1-inch tan head soon became a bubbly lace.
The smell was a bit thin, but had the aroma of sweet, burnt charcoal.
The taste was of roasted coffee, burnt charcoal and some fruitiness in the background. The burnt flavor held throughout. There was a slight chocolate taste in the finish.
The thickness subsided to a watery thinness, but most of the flavors, especially the charcoal remained.
The smoky/charcoal flavor was just right for the style. It went down fairly smoothly. Not necessarily a personal favorite - there are other stouts out there that are a bit more rich and complex - but a good example of the style and a solid choice.

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

Appearance: deep, dark, chocolately brown body (unlike Dorothy's own snowy skin), with a lush, creamy tan morass of foam atop.
Aroma, smooth, with light hints of coffee and chocolate, but very light, though still bearing the typical characteristic marks of a fine stout, and just a touch bitter, as I like it (though not as much as I do).
Rich and roasty at the fore, with a welcome hop presence right off. The coffee flavors become prominent, the full malt profile is in good show. Full-bodied, too, but mellow, and none-too challenging in taste. All in all, it's doing it's job as an average-type stout, I'd say.
Medium finish, vanishes a bit too soon, leaves the tongue too quickly. A nice stout, with late fruit emerging, and tasting well, while it lasts. Pretty average, nothing I'd turn to again...unless she'd show a little more LEG...A-hem

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Derek
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Black with reddish-brown highlights, huge light tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Earthy, dark-roasted coffee, nutty, dark bread.

T: Roasted grains, coffee, nutty, hints of fruity esters.

M: Light body, dry, a little over-carbonated.

D: Average drinkability.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry and earthy, black malt scent with some hints of chocolate and coffee. It's semi-sweet with a light hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet slightly sweet black malt flavor that hints of chococlate. It goes down easy with an earthy, bitter finish. It's too dry for me. I like hops in a stout, but I don't care for such a dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It's a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. I would love to try this on a nitro tap. This is an above average English stout. I like the aroma and the appearance, but it's too dry and bubbly for my liking.

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Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout from Wye Valley Brewery
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