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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry! Really enjoyed the nose on this one... like a stronger brown ale with nutty notes, chocolate, brown sugar, and rum-laced darker fruits... a little spiciness on top. Flavor had smooth caramel, chocolate, and nutty malts at the core... mild herbal bitterness, a little wood, and brown sugar were secondary... finish picked up a bit more alcohol, which threw off the balance a tad. This was a very good beer that I could drink a lot of. Thanks Harry!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7276) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 28, 2002
Brownish colour, small head, decent malt aroma. Bitter roasted coffee. I was not fun of this one, to one dimensional, needs something more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle pours dark copper, translucent, large sand colored foamy head, web like lacing, with soft carbonation.   Malty and biscuity aroma.   Subtle hints of dark pitted fruit along with trace hints of alcohol.   Smooth malts up front, somewhat heavy and dark.   Athough its fairly light for a strong ale.   Medium body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes sweet, biscuity, malty, with trance hints of dark pitted fruit.   Definitely a smooth English Strong Ale.   Me like!   Thanks goes out to radiomgb for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught (cask). At Volo Cask Days 2005. I really must re-rate this one - Ive had the Iron Duke before and enjoyed it, today on cask ... Poured a deep reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma was of roast malt, with candy-sweet caramel overtones. Taste was surprising bitter, almost celery-like, noticeably acidic, the bitter hops almost completely overwhelmed the sour roast malt - mouthfeel was sour and alcoholic - over all harsh and disappointing. *Re-rated on draught at Cest What Jan 25/06, shared with tupalev - the thin, sour acid character was absent, a much better balance between sweet candy malt and hop bitterness was struck, could taste the alcohol more - more of a decent session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of HogTownHarry via trade. Aroma has some moderate fruitiness (cherry candy-ish) with notes of caramel and hints of roastiness. Pours a mostly transparent dark mohagony with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. Flavor starts out roasty with some caramel. Finishes with a moderate chocolate cherry (almost like a cherry tootsie pop) presence with light bitterness. I get more and more cherry as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of matt7215. Pours ruby red with a thin white head. Smells of fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of light fruit, earthy, bitter. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (6212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the light roasted malt with some sweetness. Carbonation is quite low and alcohol very subtle. Overall, this a good beer but nothing special that will make me seek this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6141) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
341ml bottle pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger light beige head that has decent retention and leaves a thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is caramel malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and a moderate hoppy bitter finish. Decently balanced flavors with a medium body and moderate carbonation. A fairly decent beer for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6093) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Brown in color with a diminishing tan head. Honey roasted peanut aromas. Quite sweet in the nose with some added floral parts that add to the sweetness. Mild fruits and nuts mix about during the journey across the palate. Very simple. Very drinkable, but just seems simple. Perhaps that is a quality in some way as this 6.5%. Thanks jerc for the sample. This seems to grow on me the further into the bottle I get. Smooth with a very light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (6044) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a thin off-white head-fairly standard looking. Aroma of raisins, caramel, soap and a bit of malt-not too impressive. Medium-bodied; Strong burnt sugar flavour ranging from toffee to caramel with some hints of hops and a subtle bitterness. Overall, a decent beer-not as good as the Imperial Stout, but worth trying. I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased at the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario (Queens Quay) brought back by JonR888710-thanks Jon!

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