Brewed by Wellington Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Guelph, Canada


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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A full-bodied traditional ale, matured slowly for smoothness and balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2001
Second to Wellington County’s Iron Duke Strong Ale. This could be considered Iron Duke ’Light’. Minimal head, mildly bitter and walnutty. As said before, a tad of cherry. Slight aftertaste which doesn’t last long. Very smooth and nice on the throat after a ’few’. Wonderful ale. Recommended highly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adowling (3) - KINGSVILLE, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2012 does not count
Tried this beer at a restaurant with Steak and Waffle Fries. It was the perfect compliment. Was really surprised what a clean crisp taste it had. Recommend to anyone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle purchased directly from the Wellington Brewery in Guelph. pours dark brown with a light tint of red. Thin white head. taste of chocolate, caramel and delicious malt. Almost like a porter. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Cask @ The Woolwich Arms, Guelph, ON: Had a chance to try this on a proper hand pump - I’ll keep the old review as it’s most proper to what the average person can expect. Oddly, on cask it seemed to lose a lot of the subtle niceties I enjoyed on draught previously. It’s interesting to have it in this form, but it became a very muted version of the draught version. Try it to say you did.<P> Original 060818 Draught @ Cheek’s, Bolton, ON: An exceptionally well done pale ale, this one caught me by surprise. Came with a thick off-white head, dark brown body with a red hue near the top and burnt orange around the bottom of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate, hints of hops and caramel. Flavour is a clean hit of hops on the tongue to start, makes way to a rich cover of chocolate on the tongue, trailing to roasted nuts after the swallow. I’m highly impressed with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (901) - SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
From a cask this is just stunning. Vinous and deep with a good deep structure which well balances the malt and the hops. Bitterness holds out in the end but any way you slice it this is a faithful and majestical rendition of a traditional British style. Remember, go cask. bNot bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredthecat (321) - CANADA - APR 6, 2008
a nice dark malty smell, dark tinted with red and a smallish head, some dark, burned fruity tastes (even more fruity on draught). its great to get on draught because its usually only in the medium price range at bars and is cheaper than other "premium" beers at the beerstore

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Digital_Aura (228) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
473ml can. Voluminous, dense, off-white pillow! Actually lasts awhile - or the thickest lace I’ve seen! Wonderful toffee notes wafting up from the pour. Attractive tawny orange body (Lovibond 18). Stunning initial swig - bold molasses flavoring with light hops bitterness in the finish. Not as sweet in subsequent swigs. Fairly balanced! Very interesting flavours. More complex than I had anticipated. Another win for Welly! Would have been perfect palate if not for the low carbonation level. Edit: something about this beer - the taste buds become desensitized and lose the ability to enjoy the deep flavours after awhile. The first few swigs are great!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2002
More nutty and chocolaty than I remember it last. Very hearty and satisfying ale. Different flavour (chocolate) than I expect from dark british-style ales. I enjoyed it.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2006
Bu au Black Tomato (Ottawa) (20 oz). Ambrée foncé, pas pire collet. Bon arome d’houblon peu amère. Bon goût d’houblon un peu malté. Très plaisant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patlab (23) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Great dark ale that is flavourful but not overwhelmingly so. Nice clean aroma and a wonderful smooth taste. One of my favourite Ontario dark ales.

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