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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2001
Exceptional Strong Ale. Nutty taste with a tad of wood! Great on snowy nights, as well as spring and autumn bonfire beer. Wonderful in the malt and rich fruit departments. One of the best of the strong ales Iíve ever tasted(including all the english ales). Incomparable balance between the alcohol and ingredients. This is as perfect as a Canadian beer can get. My favourite. The only beer Iíve awarded a perfect score thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
Poured a dark brown colour with a weak tan head. Smelled slightly tangy. The head, though short-lived, provided lovely lacing down the side of my glass. First mouthful was of molasses, and warmed me to the toes, although the beer was from the fridge. It had a certain alcohol presence, but got chewier towards the middle. Maybe I took too long to finish it, but by the end it wasn't what I thought. Still execellent, and I'm sure would be better if I were to drink it "sessionaly".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
My favorite of what I have had from this brewery. Aroma is earthy with a strong, overripe cherry aroma reminiscent of standing under a cherry tree that has rotting fruit around it...intense. Once again the matchstick sulphur is here in the aroma. Flavor is intense with high residual sugar and a full body. Dark cherry is pronounced and, in my opinion, a great complement to a malty, strong ale such as this. The cherry can be distracting, though inviting in the other styles I have had. Here it makes so much sense. There are complex caramel malt sugars here as well which feed off of the cherry and finally a bitterness in the background that comes into the finish and dries the beer as to not leave an cloying mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Very malty beer, with low hop flavor. Really enjoyable. Very enjoyable. Nice warming beer. Perfect for the winter. I really liked it. Caramel aroma and clean tasting. Brown in color.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Nice dark colour with a light/tan head. Malty aroma is easy to detect. Nice complex flavours come out in this medium-bodied ale. Initial sweetness is joined by a smoky maltiness and a nutty, hoppy finish. The alcohol is there but the other flavours keep it at bay. A very good complex ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2005
Now ontario has something that can be held up to Quebecs Unibroue. An easy drinkable dark ale littley sweet, lightly bitter, I loved it. and would love it alot more if I had more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2003
Strong aroma you don't have to search for. Sweet and malty. Dark copper with fairly active small bubbles and very light head. Initial taste of malt, comfortable prescence of alcohol and an excellent lasting hop finish. A certain combination of smoke, walnut and spruce is present as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2006
This is a great beer for cold weather, and tonight was just rainy and windy enough to revisit this old favourite. Beers like this make me happy that I live near enough to buy it pretty much whenever I want. Pours almost black with nice lacing that sticks around the edge. Aroma of cold coffee and chocolate. The first sip is enough to judge the beer by - you either like this style, or you hate it. Taste is mildly spicy, lots of chocolate in the nose, good malts, nice bitterness. Alcohol is hidden almost too well. A great ale, leaves you wanting more, and with no reason not to obey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 341ml bottle. Pours a dark red, almost identical to coke, with a very little khaki head. Aroma is strong, lots of sweet elements, nutty, bready, a little mocha too. Taste is very much like the aroma, but with more emphasis on the roasted, nutty malts, which are quite tasty! Finishes off with some mild lingering bittern dryness. Seems like a good bock, almost a Dopplebock, which is awesome. The aftertaste is actually a bit sour and tangy but in a good way. Wellington Brewery never seems to let me down!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredthecat (321) - CANADA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 a really nice and particular aroma, smells slightly candyish and fruity. tastes malty and sweet with a little bit of a dark stout taste at the back of the mouth, great low amount of carbonation and like any great high percent beer you cant even tell its anything better than normal. slightly less "filling" than the wellington dark allowing you to get alot more drunk without feeling bloated. also lower than "premium" priced, and with the 6.5% abv this is one of the best choices to get for cheap per alcohol unit and taste.

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