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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle pours dark copper, translucent, large sand colored foamy head, web like lacing, with soft carbonation.   Malty and biscuity aroma.   Subtle hints of dark pitted fruit along with trace hints of alcohol.   Smooth malts up front, somewhat heavy and dark.   Athough its fairly light for a strong ale.   Medium body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes sweet, biscuity, malty, with trance hints of dark pitted fruit.   Definitely a smooth English Strong Ale.   Me like!   Thanks goes out to radiomgb for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6264) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught (cask). At Volo Cask Days 2005. I really must re-rate this one - I’ve had the Iron Duke before and enjoyed it, today on cask ... Poured a deep reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma was of roast malt, with candy-sweet caramel overtones. Taste was surprising bitter, almost celery-like, noticeably acidic, the bitter hops almost completely overwhelmed the sour roast malt - mouthfeel was sour and alcoholic - over all harsh and disappointing. *Re-rated on draught at C’est What Jan 25/06, shared with tupalev - the thin, sour acid character was absent, a much better balance between sweet candy malt and hop bitterness was struck, could taste the alcohol more - more of a decent session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5704) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle @ Rhino. Deep, dark, almost opaque amber brown. Inky aroma. Low carbonation. Metallic and mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of HogTownHarry via trade. Aroma has some moderate fruitiness (cherry candy-ish) with notes of caramel and hints of roastiness. Pours a mostly transparent dark mohagony with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. Flavor starts out roasty with some caramel. Finishes with a moderate chocolate cherry (almost like a cherry tootsie pop) presence with light bitterness. I get more and more cherry as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2002
Strong apple aroma. Brown color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, smooth, nice hops, fruits like old apple. Long lasting finish with hops and a little burn. Not exceptional but very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Brown in color with a diminishing tan head. Honey roasted peanut aromas. Quite sweet in the nose with some added floral parts that add to the sweetness. Mild fruits and nuts mix about during the journey across the palate. Very simple. Very drinkable, but just seems simple. Perhaps that is a quality in some way as this 6.5%. Thanks jerc for the sample. This seems to grow on me the further into the bottle I get. Smooth with a very light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the light roasted malt with some sweetness. Carbonation is quite low and alcohol very subtle. Overall, this a good beer but nothing special that will make me seek this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a thin off-white head-fairly standard looking. Aroma of raisins, caramel, soap and a bit of malt-not too impressive. Medium-bodied; Strong burnt sugar flavour ranging from toffee to caramel with some hints of hops and a subtle bitterness. Overall, a decent beer-not as good as the Imperial Stout, but worth trying. I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased at the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario (Queen’s Quay) brought back by JonR888710-thanks Jon!

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