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Duke Of Winship - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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87
very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Scotch Porter"

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-30-2001)
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Reviews by timfelix:
Photo of timfelix
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this Porter on tap at the Middle Ages Brewery in Syracuse NY, and also bottled Duke.
This is a great dark beer. lots of flavor, looks good tastes great.
This beer also meets the " My wife likes it too" test. When both my wife and I both like a beer, it is special.
Enjoy this with a burger, by itself, with some chips or pretzels. Any way you do it, you will like it a lot.
Caramel and malt , a touch of hops and maybe just a hint of coffee.
It is on my list of "if this was the only beer there is, I am not unhappy".
The Middle Ages tasting room is quite special. About 8 beers on tap every day until 6pm. Tasting is no charge, and you can taste all you want. Not a bad marketing plan, because you will find one or more of their products you will want badly.

timfelix, Feb 05, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cross between a Scottish ale and a porter and it shows in the pour of this beer a deep brown with a few red highlights not much head to speak of,aroma is earthy and fruity with a trace of bitter chocolate a good combonation in my book.Taste has a nice dried fruit flavor up front with a nice chocolate flavor that dominates with a real medicinal finish wich was unexpected.A nice beer with some complexity a nice night cap.

oberon, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of MadScientist
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep, dark copper basically a medium brown with ruby highlights and decent clarity. The light tan head is creamy, forms a small cap on the beer and has decent longevity.

S: A sweet malt aroma with some kettle carmalization. There is an earthy peaty aroma with a low fruitiness and a low spicy/earthy hop. About spot on smell for a Scottish Ale.

T: A light malty sweetness with a moderate hops bitterness. The there is a low diacetyl tag teaming with some caramel malt flavors. It has a low fruity flavor like prunes with a grainy, dry finish. The balance is about even between the sweet and bitter.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There is a light slickness on the palate, from the diacetyl common to this style.

O: A very enjoyable Scottish ale, not as sweet as some other but with in the style guidelines.

MadScientist, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Duke pours deep brown with blood red highlights and a small bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly. Burnt chocolate, candied plums, a bit of bitter coffee and hints of citric. Wisps of smokiness waft up into my nostrils. Nice.

Smokey melding of bitter cocoa and coffee hits upfront. Rather dry with hints of dark fruits and slight undertones of buttery diacetyl. Molasses sweetness. Quite an interesting offering.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice body and small bubbly carbonation. This is not one of my favorite styles...but this one is enjoyable and I could sit down to a few. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this!

orbitalr0x, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of xgoodyx
4/5  rDev +3.6%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of sponberg
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a cream colored head. Really great nose - well attenuated diacetyl, peat, chocolatey, hints of roastiness.

One of my "have it around the house at all times" brews - the flavor starts out with malty sweetness, some chocolate and peaty/smoky notes, just enough roasted malt to balance, not at all cloying, with very well hidden alcohol. The hops come into play more at the end, and there's a good clean bitterness underlying the whole thing. Moderate to chewy mouthfeel, and the drinkability soars when it's cold outside (but that's just me). Ages nicely, too - a six month old sample, if well stored, is slightly drier and more peaty. The Duke on the label is smiling with good reason.

If you ever see this beer available on cask, run (don't walk) to try it. One of the better hand-pulled pints I've ever had.

sponberg, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a very brief description of the beer but no abv%.

Appearance: From a slow pour I got a very tall and thick foam head over a very dark brown liquid. Its clarity appears good though is very dark and hard to see through. As I sip on this beer the head holds on very well and makes a little slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is big and beautiful. It hit my nose right as I opened the bottle. It is full of malty and bready sweetness will notes off caramel, dark toast and faint earth hops in the distance.

Taste / Palate: As the aroma suggested it has loads of malty sweetness flowing over the tongue. It is bready and toasty as well as sweet and candy like. I get all the dark toast and caramel notes from the nose plus a light roasted almond like nutty taste. It’s palate feels smooth, a little slick but it’s light enough to keep from being cloying.

generallee, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. pours pretty much opaque black but is actually a very dark brown. one finger of a light mocha colored head that fades to some nice looking patchy foam that stays for a while. only a little lace.

in the aroma you get some metallic chocolate roasted malts. a little coffee and a touch of peat and smoke. a little bit of dark fruit.

the taste is pretty close to what the label suggests, a mix between a scotch ale and a porter. kind of tastes like a smoked porter. bitter dark chocolate malts, roasted malt, metallic at times. just the right amount of smokiness. a hint of dark dried fruits. finishs with a crisp roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness. maybe just a little watery at times as well.

carbonation is crisp, maybe a touch to crisp for the style. medium to light in body.

a really nice session beer, anytime of year in my opinion. a nicely made beer, and its definatly worth a try. middle ages makes some really good beers, i was pretty impressed. there variety 12 pack is definatly a good buy.

dogfishandi, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Thrasher
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost impenetrable. Solid head, roasted barley aroma with strong grasses and herbs. Others have commented how this beer falls in between a Scottish ale and a porter, and that is a fine description. Some upfront flavors have the smoky, grassy malts that are characteristic in a Scottish ale, and then the creaminess and dry finish as well as a lingering of coffee and roasted barley flavors indicate the porter. Excellent; tasty, warming, energizing, revitalizing, this beer should probably be treated as a porter since Scottish ales are delicate, smoky, and excellent as an after dinner drink. This beer has rougher edges, but could, in turn, be as useful as any good porter. The best of the Middle Ages beers I have tried.

Thrasher, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of yankeeheel
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark ruby-brown. Two finger off white head is highly bubbly and doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

The smell is mostly alcohol with a little bit of smoke. The taste is totally dominated by the smoke, with the alcohol not far behind. Malt profile is not all that dark, but the alcohol masks it's flavor, making it taste darker than it really is. Slighlty overcarbonated for a beer that is trying to be an old ale and/or porter.

yankeeheel, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of nnthom266
3/5  rDev -22.3%

nnthom266, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 05:53 PM
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

johnyb, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one, my first ever offering from Middle Ages, is dark brown with a lighter brown hue that shines through in the light, picking up a vaguely red tint. A light brown head has good retention after settling to just under a finger and staying there the rest of the time, and lacing has some good cling to it.
The aroma is very malty with a big underlying sweetness and a dusty sort of caramel element. There's some earthiness from hops and some grassiness to balance and round it out.
The maltiness in the flavor forgoes the sweetness of the aroma and turns it around with a much more roasty taste including a touch of smoke and peat. Herbal flavors with a touch of citrus let me know this is nicely balanced. It also gets very toasty, mixing in flavor between the roast and bready aspects.
A light carbonation lends some crispness to a medium body. It's pretty rich, smooth and mellow with plenty of life. It manages to go smoother as it warms without losing the crispness.
This beer makes me wish I'd picked up more in NY. I'll definitely look into when I'm there next.

Brenden, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of DagFishHead
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is fantastic and so typical of MA brews. Very dark brown/ruby color. Luscious, lingering tan head with plenty of lace.
You can get lost in the smell of this beer. The initial ABV sting soon passes, followed by lots of malt, then a barrage of fruity, hoppy and even smokey elements.
Taste is loaded with malt. To me the label describes this perfectly as a blend of Scottish (even old ale) and Porter styles. Nice combination... like a very strong porter.
Mouthfeel is lush, carbonation feel surprisingly low given how much head is generated and retained. Very enjoyable, though.
Drinkability: Make sure you always have a couple of these stashed away for when you have a hankering for an interesting blend of ale styles.

DagFishHead, Oct 23, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lable states that this brew is a hybrid of a Scotish-Style ale and a Porter.

12 oz. Bottle > Dmpled Mug

The pour was not thick, but very dark...actually, black and opaque qould be more accurate. Still, Very actvie looking as you can spy some tiny charged-up bubbles clinging to the edge for dear life...as the bubbles seem to be getting snuffed out by the heavy, black liquid they are actuallt creating life in the form of a 2" deep, dark brown head that looks sticky and has moderate retention qualities (an Average life span)

The aroma has a very remarkable quality that is more robust than any other dark-brew that has come before...the smokey, woody aroma. It is intesne, much like a very nice campfire smoke or fine cigar. with the smoke comes roastie oats, bitter chocolate with a sweet scented vanilla current. Nice.

The flavor is also deeply smokey and roastie, with charred oates, mild choclate malt and a really nice balance of bitter, herbal hops. an abundance of round and robust Porter flavor's with the earthiness of a Scotch ale. Right on.

full-bodied, not thick or heavy feeling. It's actually very active but full feel for sure.

A wonderful Brew for the chill coming in the fall.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty dark, with a bit of light coming through to give it some amber color. Raindrop lacing on the top of the glass. Off-white head.

Smell: Slight wood and peat maybe. Some caramel and bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts with mild fruit esters.

Taste: Nice dark roasted malt flavors and discernible chocolate along with some bready caramel flavors. Lingering dark roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I'd expect at the forefront, though there's a good burst of prickly carbonation that saves it at the end from being too watery.

Drinkability: A good, drinkable version of the style, and more like a porter and darker than some. Good for the upcoming winter.

asabreed, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy tan head sits atop a dangerously dark brown liquid. Opaque? Maybe not, but pretty close. Layers of lace build up as the liquid diminishes.

Aroma carries that distinctive malty/musty vibe of a Scottish Ale, with a roasted coffee/nut element that reminds more of a porter.

Suggestions of chocolate-covered nuts and dark-roast coffee come through first in the flavor. Smoke, cola and dark fruits also figure into the mix. Bitter, grassy finish. It seems a little confused, but unless you need every beer to fit squarely into one style, there's quite a bit to enjoy here.

Mouthfeel has an oily element, but it's a little too carbonated to get a clear reading in this area. Would probably feel (and taste?) even better if it sat and warmed a bit.

The label states that this is basically a cross between a Scottish Ale and a Porter. Yep, that's pretty much what it is. And pretty good too. Give 'em props for trying something fairly unique.

Metalmonk, May 07, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice roast porter. Am I the only one to notice the correct style? Carbonation a tad on the aggressive side, but very fresh from the brewery. Nice dark colour and roast aroma. Small head. Yes, after the fact realize what a nice nightcap this is. Scotch in the taste. Ovaltine satisfying aftertaste. Recommended.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Middle Ages tasting room, the happiest room in Syracuse.

Looks beautiful in my glass, a 1-2 finger head over a near black body. Plenty of lacing on the way down and just the slightest head until the end.

Rich coffee smell backed up by malts and a little fruit.

Coffee tones with a mild dry bitter bite. Good degree of complexity, creamy coffee and chocolate-like flavors of a porter, with rich fruit and slight alcohol taste of a scotch ale.

Full-bodied beer with nice carbonation that goes down easy for a dark beer. Very smooth.

The drinkability is one of the most impressive factors to me. It's dark and rich, yet it's not too filling for such a dark beer. Doesn't fill me up so I can keep drinking this the whole growler through with ease.

Overall this is a beer to try for any dark beer fan. I'm more of a porter lover than scotch ale and generally think of it as a porter, but that doesn't matter. This is just a good solid beer thats damn tasty and treats you right. I find its generally fuller-bodied and tasting on-tap than bottle.

tempest, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Hobbz
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer from the bottle design to the last drop. Blackest tones with hardly any light showing through the glass. Foam was even brownish-tan. Did not perceive much of a Scotch-styled nose -- bottle seems to hint that this one is something of a cross-styled brew ("...bids you welcome with smooth flavor of a Scottish ale, capped with the regal flourish of a porter"). Taste also was consistent throughout the session: Burnt roasted malts with some sweetness, noticeable alcohol and a very hint of peat smokiness. Great balance and taste; well-crafted.

Hobbz, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of TheBCrew
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of tan head which slowly dissipate leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma of hazlenuts and malt. Taste to match, with some bitterness and roastiness present and a dry crisp finish. Light mouthfeel with good drinkability.

TheBCrew, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of tjd112
1.08/5  rDev -72%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It has an OK appearance, it pours black with a good amount of head and lacing. However, there is this charcoal smell and taste that I just cannot get over, and the mouthfeel is dry. It's not a really balanced dryness, its just a charcoal and burnt fish style style dryness that I can't get over. This is a just plain undrinkable dark ale, and I've had some good dark ales.

tjd112, Nov 28, 2009
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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.