Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, 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. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Thanks to Hogtown Harry for this. Deep brown pour, with a good combination of dark malts, dark fruit, chocoff, and some oaky port in the aroma and flavor. Palate is on the dense side, and nicely layered and smooth. A very nice beer. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
(341 ml bottle: Obtained 03-Sep-05 in trade with radiomgb, thanks Jeff!) Mmm, the toasty, malty nose is very alluring, and I can’t wait to dive right in and take my first sip. But first, I’ll display some will power and admire the clear, amber-brown color of this beer. The small, beige head settles to a wide ring and patchy film atop the beer. The aromatic, malty nose is calling me more forcefully now, and I can’t deny myself any longer. Rich, dark malts are chocolaty, toasty, gently roasty, hinting of smoke. Sweetness is only mild, and it seems moderately buttery. Modest hop bitterness adds a balancing force, but the malts definitely have dominion in this beer. Body is medium-full with a slight bite on the palate. Carbonation is fairly strong when first poured, but settles down somewhat over time. Lacing is spotty with a few small patches. Overall, a wonderful beer that has been a nice celebratory treat for passing a real estate final exam this evening. 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 StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
341ml bottle - pours very dark brown, with a small off white head. Aroma is of big, nutty, chocolately malt. Taste gives more subtle chocolate, nuts, dark malt, and a little bit of hoppiness. The finish on this is very short, imparting only a mild bitterness at the end. For a fairly strong beer, there isn’t the faintest trace of alcohol anywhere in the nose or flavour, going down or otherwise. That makes this incredible drinkable. This is very fine stuff from the folks at Wellington, up there with their Russian Imp. Stout.
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
A very nice ale indeed. Nutty with a chocolate nose and tiny hits of coffee blended in with subtle chocolate last through the entire bottle. For the price I got this at, it’s amazing. Truly, one of Canada’s finer beers. kevinsenn (2211) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
Single bottle from the brewery. Pours a beautiful clear brown with a thin head. Rich fruity aroma; very nice. Malty fruity taste with some raisins and a dry finish. Good stuff! whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle direct from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, malt, nuts. Nice! Metalchopz (3384) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
Originally rated December 2004. This is the last brew to review from Wellington’s fine brewery. Poured a deep brown-orange colour with red highlights and a nice tanned creamy head. Beautiful lacing was left behind. The aroma seemed very sour with a mix of chocolat. The taste was very well balanced between the sweet chocolat-toffee and the bitterness. Lots of fruits were found in the mouth. Pretty darn good ! patlab (23) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Great tasting beer that offers a bit of a kick at 6.5%. Nice caramel flavours and a smooth palate make the Iron Duke another great offering from Wellington.