iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
341mL bottle, no date from goryshkewych--thanks George! Clear deep reddish brown with a one finger light brown creamy head, fair retention. Walnuts, hazelnuts, and coffee grounds are what I picked up on first. Minerals and fruitcake cake next. Flavor adds a bit of wet paper oxidation and the slightest alcohol presence. The nuts and fruit are the most upfront. A lightly roasty semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 2. Light creamy carbonation with a body just slightly thinner than I’d have liked. I’d have no problem drinking a few of these--a nice surprise.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Last Sample (11-12-2003)
Well this is the last of the “The Old Iron Duke I received some 2 years and 9 months ago, so lets see how its fared over the last 2-3/4 years.
As it sets in the glass a deep and nebulous burnished copper, the head is unassuming in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan, as it vanishes as fast as a blink of the eye, the lace a fine curtain of tan to conceal the glass. Sweet malt aroma dominates the nose, I liken it to cotton candy, strawberries also comes to mind, quite pleasant actually, start is sweet and rich in malt, top is middling to full in its feeling to the palate. Finish is tolerant in its acidity, the hops humble in their spiciness, and sweetness from the front carries all the way to the aftertaste which is also dry and long lasting. Hell it’s still got a bit of alcohol kick, and still a decent tasting brew, well so long old friend.
Last Sampled (11-02-2002) 4.00
The pour murky deep amber to copper color, the head is middling in size, the lace glutinous sheets, and both light tan in color. Nose is malt, caramel, plummish as in over ripe fruit. Front is malt and quite sweet, the top is skinny, finish is potently acidic, pertinently hopped, aftertaste is dry and long lasting. I have "Cellared" this beer for pert near two years, and I do think it has mellowed, could not find out if it is or isn't a "Bottle Conditioned Beer".
probstblueribbon (2622) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle in 6-pack from The Beer Store, served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Very deep ruby copper, small light tan head, clear.
Aroma: Generous amounts of cherry and other fruits mixed with coffee and milk chocolate malts, some earthy/funky hops.
Palate: Medium-full body and medium-soft carbonation.
Flav.: More earthy and fruity than the nose, some cardboard, the darker malts are subdued; off-dry, mild bitterness and a lightly vinous and medium roasted malt finish.
A touch old I suspect, but still a very likeable beer.
SlovakSniper (2518) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une fois versé, le liquide dévoile une robe rouge rubis. La tête mousseuse se transforme rapidement en un mince anneau. Les arômes sont d’abord et avant tout ceux d’un malt doux : les grains me semblent davantage chocolatés que caramélisés. Une présence fruitée se fait sentir et ce, avec modération. Aucune trace d’alcool et de houblons. Le goût est fidèle aux parfums avec des saveurs qui rappellent en subtilité les fruits enrobés de chocolat. On note une présence plus évidente du caramel. Encore une fois, tout se joue aussi du côté des grains maltés : aucunes saveurs notables en provenance des houblons. En bouche, le liquide déçoit quelque peu avec un corps et une texture qui manquent de robustesse. La finale est agréable sur des notes douces de malt et sur des notes légèrement amères de grains rôtis.
garthicus (2471) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Volo. Appearance: purple red with no head. Aroma: port, malt, spice, alcohol. Flavour: spicy malt followed by a nice vine flavour with grass and bitterness to follow. Nice long bitter finish.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not the biggest fan of English Strongs, but this one is quite good...and a fair representative of the style, I think. Malts are a bit sweet.
pintbypint (2274) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 341ml brown bottle. Pours ruby brown with slight off white head which was short lasting. Fruity malt in the aroma. Dark chocolate giving way to a dry, yet short bitter finish. Notes of alcohol throughout. Medium mouthfeel.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of tea leaves, malt and chocolate. Taste is malty with hints of nuts, malts, tea and chocolate. Interesting.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Nice strong English style ale. Close to a brown ale, mostly malt/chocolatey, nice deep fruitiness. Slightly dry finish. Might also work as a winter warmer.
ontbeermaker (2152) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark, from a bottle, not a smooth taste, the taste seems a little all over the place. I wouldnt buy this beer again