shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2002
The darkest red colour, nose like black forest cake, a bit malty at first followed by fairly complex fruity notes. Slightly thin texture -- not highly carbonated but quite acidic. Gave me heartburn, but otherwise a fine choice. billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2002
A damn fine strong ale. A bit of sour apples and alcohol in the aroma. A complex maltiness hits you right up front followed by a bit of alcohol and a bit of hops and alcohol in the finish. The color is a dark red, almost mahogany and the carbonation is damn near perfect by my standards (light to fair medium). 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 I’ve 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 I’ve awarded a perfect score thus far. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2001
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. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2001
Deep red; a perfect wood stain color. Frothy head. Rich flavor. Bold & full-bodied, yet controlled. Smooth, dry finish with a hint of fruity-alcohol aroma.
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.Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2000
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".
dark brown colour, chocolate and cherry aroma, malty, sweet, caramel aftertaste - very pleasant Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2000
Has it’s moments, but struggles to be good all the time.