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


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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9872) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9593) - 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 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9519) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
Small light tan head that quickly disappears. Dark brown colour. Big fruity aroma is immediately apparent with plums, raisins, cherry, and red grapes appearing. Faint spiciness and candi sugar are also here over the roasted malt backbone. On the first taste, I get most of the fruitiness that the smell led me to expect and some nuttiness as well. Light sweetness and just enough bitterness to finish it all off. Another tasty brew from Wellington County Brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7876) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 tap at pub italia, ottawa. clear light brown pour with a nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. nutty, smooth caramel, warming alcohol, neutral engilsh yeast, grass. moderate carbonation, medium body - velvety, grassy finish. much enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7412) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Dark cola-like appearance with a thin beige head. Delectable aroma of raisins, dates, brandy and brown bread. Chewy, thick, mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden rather well - would make a good winter warmer. Same flavors as the aroma come through, not sickenly sweet though, also a hint of pipe tobacco. An excellent strong ale.

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