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


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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A connoisseur's dark ale with a malty, nutty complexity and layers of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Dark brown body with a minimal tan coloured head. A sweet chocolate smell in the aroma jives with some fruity esters. The flavour shows much of the same, but with more of an emphasis on the fruity end mixed in with caramel. The alcohol packs a nice kick, but does not dominate. Fairly full bodied. A very decent beer.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gpnterojd (178) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
Ruby brown , minimal off-white head, had no lacing, alcoholic warming, aroma of dark fruits, berries, roasted malt and malty bitterness. Medium carbonation, reminds me of Trois Pistoles. Pretty decent alcohol is a little overwhelming, but still a decent offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Nice dark colour with a light/tan head. Malty aroma is easy to detect. Nice complex flavours come out in this medium-bodied ale. Initial sweetness is joined by a smoky maltiness and a nutty, hoppy finish. The alcohol is there but the other flavours keep it at bay. A very good complex ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle 341ml. Appearance: cooper color with small head. Aroma: fruity, caramel, malt. Flavor:roasted malt, caramel, chocolate. Thank Harry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PictouRx (152) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
pours dark red brown, no to little head, get coffee and caramel/toffee aroma, somewhat smooth, little bitter on the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2001
Exceptional Strong Ale. Nutty taste with a tad of wood! Great on snowy nights, as well as spring and autumn bonfire beer. Wonderful in the malt and rich fruit departments. One of the best of the strong ales Iíve ever tasted(including all the english ales). Incomparable balance between the alcohol and ingredients. This is as perfect as a Canadian beer can get. My favourite. The only beer Iíve awarded a perfect score thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
Nice brown colour, good size head. Nose; nutty, caramel, coffee, very sweet. Flavours were similar, not quite bitter enough of a finsh. But good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
Poured a dark brown colour with a weak tan head. Smelled slightly tangy. The head, though short-lived, provided lovely lacing down the side of my glass. First mouthful was of molasses, and warmed me to the toes, although the beer was from the fridge. It had a certain alcohol presence, but got chewier towards the middle. Maybe I took too long to finish it, but by the end it wasn't what I thought. Still execellent, and I'm sure would be better if I were to drink it "sessionaly".

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