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". Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2004
650ml bottle. A mahogany-red ale that pours with a foamy, light brown head that dissipates quickly. Sweet, malty, lightly earthy aroma with a dark fruitiness and some hop character in the background. Medium body, softly carbonated. Full, malty, fruity flavour—plums and oranges come to mind—with a moderately dry finish that reveals a gentle bitterness. You can’t help but feel that it’s missing something extra. Good, but not quite fully satisfying. 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. hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
Dark chestnut in colour. limited head in trappist glass. Aroma is nutty malt, taste is similar. One of my favourite picks available for take-home in Ontario. evanrail (74) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle via MN from the big TO. Clear deep amber with a thick, microfoam head. The nose is of maple syrup, cinnamon-spice and the aromas of a farmhouse breakfast. In the mouth you get a surprisingly thin body with more spice notes rinsing to a sweet, malty finish. Breathes out as a whiff of caramel-covered espresso beans (those don’t exist), or the last drop of baked-bean sauce. But like, in the good way.
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. Barnabus (52) - Niagara, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle from the Brewery. Chestnut brown with fizzy light brown head. Aroma is of malt, caramel and strong coffee with a very similar taste. Palate is fizzy and light to medium. It has a short, slightly bitter finish and, while enjoyable, is overall nothing too special. micker (38) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Ale’s that what wllington does best. Probably Wellington’s best beer next to Arkell bitter. But this one packs way more punch. Goes down smooth with a toasty malty flavour, with no alchohol taste. The lack of alcohol taste is shocking in a beer that is 6.5% alcohol. A truely great beer proof that wellington is one of Canada’s premier brewers. Nothing made by wellington is bad, even bee hive, their budget beer. A great beer by a great brew company EHGsean (28) - CANADA - MAY 1, 2009
Caramel, chocolate, and a bit of an alcohol warmth that comes through in the finish. When compared to the "Wellington County Dark", this beer is by far the superior brew. Sweet and nutty, with a bit of roast. Habman (23) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
Pours dark copper with thin head. Aroma is rather nutty with no hop character. Full body with medium malt finish. Very sticky mouthfeel would be balanced by more hopping. The dominance of the malt in this one makes one bottle at a time enough for me.
Does anyone else think the guy on the bottle looks like Mickey Desadest from the Forgotten Rebels??