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. 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! fredthecat (337) - 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.
Gusler (2652) - 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.mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2004
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".
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.
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. Aurelius (5659) - 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. 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! 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. barncatmatt (2355) - 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.