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


on tap


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RATINGS: 194   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Dark tawny color, slight haze. Little to no head.Faint aroma of malt and treacle/molasses. Flavor is malt and molasses up front, very little hops, in the finish. Alcohol comes through in the mid-taste. Surprisingly thin for darkness and strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
A very nice ale indeed. Nutty with a chocolate nose and tiny hits of coffee blended in with subtle chocolate last through the entire bottle. For the price I got this at, it’s amazing. Truly, one of Canada’s finer beers.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strowlands8 (182) - 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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PictouRx (168) - 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 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 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 I’ve 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 I’ve awarded a perfect score thus far.

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