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


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2001
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".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Malty fruity cherry aroma.Dark tawney appearance.Sweet fruity cherry dark fruit flavorwith rich breaddough caramel and mild hops at the finish.Thanks to Cartoon Khaki for sending me this great ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Wow, what a suprise. I thought thsi would be good, but not this good. Pours a chestnut brown body with a smaller sized caramel coloured head. Aroma is very hoppy (cascade) with some roasted malt undertones present. taste is bitter nuttiness, with a complex sweetness I cannot grasp. Leaves a nice bite in the throat, with a smooth front. Incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Very good, molasses cake aroma with chocolate. Dark brown, but still transparent. Love the redcoat on the bottle. Very smooth, goes a bit acidic. Bitter chocolate, stewed fruit. ABV shines through at times. Velvety feeling, but the body is mostly medium weight. Some green fruit or grassiness in the finish, followed by parched grain. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Nice color, small head with a somewhat nutty taste. The aftertaste is also somewhat malty & mellow. Not a bad brew but there are better ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
How have I not drank this before now? Wonderful ale - nice and dark with a nutty roasted malt aroma. Good strong flavour with a sweetness that pokes through. Wonderful creamy aftertaste. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 341 ml bottle - pours dark chestnut, though fully transparent and with a fine white head that leaves chunky lacing all the way down the glass. Strong hop and malt aromas, as well as toffee and some alcohol, but that’s not overpowering. There’s also a hint of fresh soil in the nose. Taste is very nice - nutty, malty and rich, but with enough hops in there to keep the whole thing balanced. Also a small amount of spice that is most intriguing. Alcohol hidden well - dangerous. There is a nice bitter finish. This is the perfect balance between the County Dark ale and the Russian Imperial Stout. A satisfying full-bodied, flavourful ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
341 ml bottle. pours dark brown (actually very red when held against light) with no head and minimal carbonation. aromas and malty, grainy and nutty. flavours are straight forward with dark malts and nuttiness. no complexity holds this back from being outstanding but this is a damn good ale thats heart warmingly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7723) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (901) - SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Wellington’s best cask ale, Iron Duke has the complexity and strength to structure it convictions. Dark brown and ruby in colour this has some caramel and deep prune sweetness but also some hop which combines to make a very satisfying beer. Warming, full bodied and yes, a bit nutty too. If this was at a GBBF I’m sure the CAMRA wallies would go nuts for it.

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