probstblueribbon (2892) - 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.
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at C’est What’s Spring 2005 Festival of Small Breweries. Dark copper colour. Aroma is nutty and roasty, very inviting. Flavour is well rounded, with roasted malt, dark sugar and a bit of fruit. The finish is a little short - an extra hit of hops would be nice - but all in all, it’s a good strong ale.
iowaherkeye (2691) - 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.
garthicus (2664) - 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.
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".
pintbypint (2593) - 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.
Schroppfy (2360) - 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.
Spab (2357) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 ml bottle from Beer Store. Pours a clear dark brownish ruby with small off-white to light tan head. Aroma is fairly mild with nuttiness and sweet fruit. Flavour is quite malty - caramel and nutty with some sweet dark fruit, light chocolate and roast.
adrian910ss (2351) - 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.
Ontbeertaster (2335) - 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