Brewed by Wellington Brewery
Style: English Strong Ale
Guelph, Canada


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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A connoisseur's dark ale with a malty, nutty complexity and layers of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredthecat (317) - CANADA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 a really nice and particular aroma, smells slightly candyish and fruity. tastes malty and sweet with a little bit of a dark stout taste at the back of the mouth, great low amount of carbonation and like any great high percent beer you cant even tell its anything better than normal. slightly less "filling" than the wellington dark allowing you to get alot more drunk without feeling bloated. also lower than "premium" priced, and with the 6.5% abv this is one of the best choices to get for cheap per alcohol unit and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KingofCastle (207) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Yet another over-rated beer from this very average brewery. This is up there with Tankhouse for an allegedly flavourable ale, but both are thin, lacking malts, depths of flavours and seem almost too fizzy for an english ale. Give me a Fullers or John Bull any day or even a Belgian ale for big alcohol content with way more flavour. Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale has more alcohol & way more flavour than this. This does have caramel and is sweet, but needs more malts to round it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Seems to me that the formula has been changed recently. Creamier and less bubbly. The aroma is dried fruit, nuts and malt. The taste is creamy, nutty malt, reminds me of dopplebocks. Colour is dark brownish red with foamy tan head that thins quickly. Smooth, hides the alcohol well. Good blend with no ingredient overpowering the others. One of the best locals available at our beer stores.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours dark brown with thin off white head. The aroma is a load of the darkest of dark fruitiness with dates, prunes, and raisins along with a hint of roastiness. The flavors are well blended with notes of roasty malts, light amounts of caramel and toffee as well as prunes, dates, raisins and a mild sense of the ABV. It stays pretty even and unchanging into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth.

Good stuff .Wish my palate was a bit fresher when I tried this, to better take in everything that was going on here, because I think this is a pretty damn good beer. Forgot to take notes on this one. Would love to try again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2272) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
341 ml bottle. pours dark brown (actually very red when held against light) with no head and minimal carbonation. aromas and malty, grainy and nutty. flavours are straight forward with dark malts and nuttiness. no complexity holds this back from being outstanding but this is a damn good ale thats heart warmingly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3401) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
341 ml bottle in 6-pack from The Beer Store, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep ruby copper, small light tan head, clear. Aroma: Generous amounts of cherry and other fruits mixed with coffee and milk chocolate malts, some earthy/funky hops. Palate: Medium-full body and medium-soft carbonation. Flav.: More earthy and fruity than the nose, some cardboard, the darker malts are subdued; off-dry, mild bitterness and a lightly vinous and medium roasted malt finish.

A touch old I suspect, but still a very likeable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomthompson89 (1964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
dark copper color toffee nose decent small white head mouth feel is thin malts are nice find the alcohol takes over a bit

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
341ml Bottle: Pours deep brown, red edges, with a very good light brown head. Aroma is heavy in alcohol, roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is very, very strong in alcohol, it doesn’t hide well for a 6.5%. Some malty, caramel sweetness with substantial hoppy bitterness. Seems like it’s missing some balance, and the alcohol just gets stronger as it warms. Not their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Looks splendid. A nice tan head rests atop a deep clear amber. Effervescence looks great. Aroma is bready, caramel, and walnuts. The flavour contains subtly roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and some hops. Lots of chocolate. A little alcohol present. Good lacing. Dry finish. Side note: Good value. A flavourful, interesting beer for $36 a case, making it cheaper than a lot of the club soda lagers available around here.

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