Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale

Wye Valley Brewery Country AleMahogany in colour, Wye Valley Brewery's Country Ale is almost halfway between a stout and an ale, with a malty nose and rich, full-bodied palate. With beers like this, it's not surprising this small independent wowed the BBC Food & Farming Awards’ judges.

A great food beer, with sweet, malty, nutty flavours and coffee bitterness on the finish. The brewery suggests drinking it “on its own, with cheese, red meat, and steamed puds”. Couldn't have put it better myself.           

6%, available from the brewery & online, either by the case £26.72/12x50cl, or as part of a mixed case with Golden Ale & Wholesome Stout, or in a two-bottle gift pack with glass, £6.64