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


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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A connoisseur's dark ale with a malty, nutty complexity and layers of flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 August 2007. Draft at Beer Bistro. Dark brown, big beige head and very nice lacing. Strange woody not quite smokey toasty malt notes to the aroma, and very light caramel notes. Odd fruitiness to the flavour, light toasty malt and moderate bitterness. Average palate. Bit wonky, and note as good as I remember previous samples being. 6/5/6/3/13 - 3.0 <P>TFOB 2003. Draft. Reddish colour, strong malty aroma, Sweet with alcohol notes. Hated this the first time I had it, my friends still recoil in fear of it, but I enjoyed this sample a fair bit. 6/3/5/3/13 - 3.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
Conspicuous fruity malt heading a herd of fine caramel, licorice and candy sugar…And a sturdy bitterness stays at the back to make sure no one goes astray…And of course no one does…Beautiful beer…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Thanks to Hogtown Harry for this. Deep brown pour, with a good combination of dark malts, dark fruit, chocoff, and some oaky port in the aroma and flavor. Palate is on the dense side, and nicely layered and smooth. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8569) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2005
Yellow-brown, creamy head, slightly irregular; brown beer with deep red highlights. Rich plumcake nose, some hops, cookies and horse straw. Sweetish base taste, cake-like with a lot of bitter overtones: USA hops but some bitterish-roasted notes as well. Good malt filling, some esters. Well-bodied, chewy, no adstringency. Nice but a bit stereotypical N. American. "English" strong ale - sure but not one from the UK, way to American hoppy for that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (8044) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with amber highlights, medium tan head. Aroma is sweet burnt toffee, faintly fruity. Sweet caramel flavour, a little nutty and fruity with a surprising smokey element. Medium bodied, sweetness lingers in the finish impairing its drinkability somewhat. Still, decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 [543-20070818] Sample @ BeerBistro (Golden Taps, Toronto, ON). Muted yeast and alcohol aroma. Clear, dark amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and quite nice lacing. Very tame and muted wheaty grains and floral notes in the flavour. Medium-full body is a bit grainy. Fair and strong but would like to see more character. (5/5/6/3/12) 3.1

[621B-20070916] Sample @ Feast of Fields (Hillsburgh, ON). Floral malt and light caramel molasses aroma. Clear, dark brown amber, medium-lasting foamy light tan head. More dark molasses caramel in the flavour. Medium-full body. Nice dark beer. (6/4/7/3/14) 3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry! Really enjoyed the nose on this one... like a stronger brown ale with nutty notes, chocolate, brown sugar, and rum-laced darker fruits... a little spiciness on top. Flavor had smooth caramel, chocolate, and nutty malts at the core... mild herbal bitterness, a little wood, and brown sugar were secondary... finish picked up a bit more alcohol, which threw off the balance a tad. This was a very good beer that I could drink a lot of. Thanks Harry!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 28, 2002
Brownish colour, small head, decent malt aroma. Bitter roasted coffee. I was not fun of this one, to one dimensional, needs something more...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
Cask at Bar Volo’s Cask Days 2005. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small light-brown fizzy head. Dissapointingly mild aroma and flavour of roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, sugar and caramel. Body was too watery -- even for cask. Not bad but I remember enjoying it more in the bottle and this batch just seemed way too mild -- perhaps a re-rate will be in order in the future.

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