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

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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 163
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-30-2001

"Scotch Porter"
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Reviews: 111 | Hads: 163
Photo of tjd112
1.09/5  rDev -71.8%
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.

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Photo of frazbri
2.12/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Duke poured deep brown - almost black in color topped by a creamy off-white head. Aroma was sweet and fruity up front, but a touch of vinegar came through at the back end. Cocoa and berry flavor at the first taste, followed by tartness, charcoal and a dry bitter finish. Body was mid-range as well as carbonation and finished dry.

There was something wrong with my bottle of Duke of Winship. It wasn't completely unpleasant, in fact if was labelled belgian-style and barrell aged, I would have scored it highly. The fact is, I got an infected bottle. Even with the unintentional funk, it showed promise, but I just can't give it a good score.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had during a middle ages tasting.

A-amber brown with white head that quickly disappates
S-strong malts upfront
T-tastes like it smells. some malt comes through
M-medium body that goes down smooth
D-nothing really stands out here

Nothing really makes this beer stand out average across the board.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice deep black color with an off white head that wasnt to frothy and only hung around a while.

S - Smokey chocolate and strong fusel alcohols start off this nose. Some fruity hops are close around but not over bearing.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts are mixed some fruits but its way over powered by the alcohol.

M - The strength of the alcohol makes it a seemingly thinner than normal, but it is very decieveing. Its true to style, but the alcohols heat it up, and are decieving.

D - Very easy to drink, Nice smooth flavor, but the heat of it makes it a little rough.

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Photo of jackorain
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark borwn liquid with ruby highlights, topped with 1 1/4 inch tan head with large bubbles interspersed among the tight smaller ones. good retention and nice lace

Smell is fruity sweet malt and very light floral hop. there is some caramelized malts and sugars here as well.

Taste a little roasty and caramel sweet. There is a non-descript fruitiness that permeates through the experience. Only a very small hint of floral hops

medium, creamy body and fizzy carbonation

I guess this beer exemplifies the style but the fruitness would have me move on after one.

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Photo of cbl2
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pitch black with slight white head that settle rapidly leaving little to no lace.


Smoke with maple syrup and malt aromas


I don't really care for the consistency (too carbonated or something); flavors are somewhat harsh and not well balanced; overflowing with smoky character that I don't find appealing.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the cask at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nondescript chalice, glowing a deep, stouty brown coloring, with flecks of gold and red when held to light. It held a one finger head of light brown bubbles. This showed decent retention, leaving a ring of bubbles atop the liquid. Spots of lacing were seen clinging to the walls of the glass. Carbonation appeared low, and no sediment was noted. The aroma was boozy, with notes of butterscotch caramel, oaky smoothness, darker malts of coffee and chocolate, lactics, and generous Band-Aid phenols. Our first impression was that the flavoring was sour, woody, and boozy, with little else to note. As we sipped, grapey, winey sourness started things off. Big lactics, with astringent tannin dryness came too, with walnuts and fresh coffee malts. The middle peaked with more sourness of those malts, biting cherry mash, and light caramel sugars to cut. We finished on more warming notes of spicy alcohol, more caramel, continued lactics, toffee sugars, and more washed out, but still lightly charred, malts. The aftertaste breathed of that same fruity sourness, almost to the point of feeling like a dry Kriek, along with char, metals, mineral, more lactics, apple sourness, wood, and dried coconut. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was low. Each sip was biting, and very drying, with little slurp, cream, froth, or smack to be had. That tannin dryness permeated every layer of the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank more slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. This held nice woodiness, booziness, and fruitiness, and was ultimately nicely inviting. We did, however, feel a bit skimped on the flavoring and sweetness that we have come to love the style for. Instead, the robust, lighter, and sweet malt profile was replaced by something more akin to a dry Irish stout. We found this beer to be decent, and a pleasant experience, but we were not overly satisfied or excited by much at all.

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Photo of pavandal
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a very dark, almost black, color in the glass. When held up to light, you can see that it has a nice burgandy color. Head started off about 1/2 inch and then dissapeared. Nice spiderweb-like lacing on the glass as drank it.

Not much of a smell on this one. The faint odor I can detect is a fruity smell.

When tasting, I first found a strange fruit taste. Blueberries maybe. there was a definite coffee flavor apparent as well. Actually began to taste better as I drank it, the alchohol seemed to settle and ease off the tongue.

It seemed very light in the mouth for such a dark and heavy looking beer.

Overall, a smooth beer that eased up as it went on. I might not buy it again, but I am glad that I did try it. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Jredner
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mostly sweet malt (caramel?) but hint of bread and brown sugar are also detectable. I swear this was a dark reddish brown when poured, but it turns dark black with a somewhat creamy, but mostly bubbly head. Some mildly smoky flavors in the fore with hints of carmelized roast beef proceed a sweet mildly chocolate/cocoa powder middle and vaguely molasses tinged finish. A different and worthy approach to the style.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a solid amount of off-white head. Smells a bit off. Some roasted smells but mostly just a odd smell. Tastes roasted and slightly fruity. A bit more bitter than i would like but overall not bad. Decent mouthfeel and well carbonated. Fairly drinkable

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep transparent mahogany brown color

slight smoky woody smell not much else

light caramelly flavor, along with a light smokey flavor

rather thin some what watery body, just a bit of tannic woody astringence that sits on the top of the palate

it's a drinkable beer but I don't think I'll be revisiting it on a regular basis.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cask at Monty's Korner, Rochester, NY.

Pumps a nice deep tan foam that settles into a nearly black beer. Wispy thin brown foam on top. I'm a little confused as to what style beer this is: porter or scottish ale. It has the look and feel of a lighter porter, but the sweetness of a scottish ale. Slightly roasted and malty but very sweet and a little bit thin in the aftertaste. Some sort of hybrid beer IMO. Interesting.

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Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold into a pint glass this hybrid brew looks nearly black mahogany in color, can't see through it. The half-inch light tan colored head settles to a decent covering pretty quickly and a blanket of lacing shows well. The aroma says licorice-malt, deep with molasses and some charcoal. Pretty nice. The flavor brings a sweet brown sugar malt and yeasty brown bread. Maybe a grass hop dry finish in there. But I think the final analysis features a charcoal malt taste that comes with a thinnish bodied brew with some tinny highlights. Pretty effervescent and drinkable enough if you like the flavor. Seems a bit too thin and doesn't really capture the scotch ale qualities that the label claims. Okay but not one I'll revisit most likely.

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Photo of AltBock
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a picture of the Brewmaster or owner in full bodied knight gear standing in front of a castle. This guy looks like a hippy. I didn't know they had hippies in the Middle Ages. To the right of the picture is a scroll that has a brief description of the beer.

I poured this Scottish Ale/Porter into a Victory pint glass. At first, this beer appears to be a jet black color, but a closer inspection led me to believe that it was more of a cherry mahogany brown with a few small traces of crimson red along the edges. On top of this beer was light tan colored 1/2 an inch head of foam. It had nice slow retention that left behind a spotty tan film and a small amount of tan spots of lace around the glass. The aroma was lightly roasted with dry roasted coffee beans, a hint of roasted malts, a touch of sweet caramel, a small drop of pine, and a speck of of roasted barley at the finish line. Nice Porter aroma! The taste however was lacking the roasted punch that the aroma had. It tasted like they watered down the beer a bit. The taste started off nice with roasted barley and roasted coffee beans, but then the taste went south. After the coffee beans, in comes some water to wash down the roasted flavor impact that the previous flavors gave the taste. It did end with a nice crispy floral hoppy finish though. But it was the water that ruined the taste for me. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a crispy yet roasted aftertaste of roasted malts, a splash of caramel, a hint of coffee beans, and a small touch of roasted floral hops. In the end it was a great looking Porter, a great smelling Porter, but an average tasting Porter.

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Photo of nomad
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown in color, this beer had a thin coffee-colored head and dripping lace. Smeled of chocolate, mocha that is almost smoky, and buttery presence all over. Its peat malt notes fit in nicely, especially against the sweet dark malt background. In all, excellent to my nose. Taste was roasty with nippy hops surrounding it, backed by a big dark malt body. Unfortunately, I detected nothing else as the roasted flavors infused with black malts were pure dominance. Sudsy mouthfeel didn’t help either.

Smelled like a great scotch ale but tasted like a mediocre porter. Better on draft maybe (?), as are many Middle Ages’ beers.

EDIT: Had a 1/2 gallon growler, still feel like its a muddled and mediocre porter.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redbones on Friday, 10/7/05.

Listed as a porter and I can understand when I saw this beer's appearance. Very dark (but thin looking) with ruby-red tints peeking through. Not much of a head.

Not much of a nose at all. Dug my schnoz in there deep and got bits of darkened malts, but not much else.

Flavor was a nice solid Scotch Ale. Smokey bitterness with some malty coffee and dark chocolate. Little bits of toasted hazelnuts as well. I like the smoke quite a bit because after each sip it tried to take up residence in my mouth.

Mouthfeel was rather thin. A bit of a dry finish, but they beer's body just did not hold up very well.

Enjoyed with good ol' Redbones BBQ. Nice choice.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Roasty and grainy with a pleasant caramel sweetness. Perhaps a touch of chocolate. Simple, but quite enjoyable.

3.5 T: The label claims that this is a Scotch ale/porter hybrid and that's about right. While the nose smelled like a straight up porter, the taste has aspects of both. Roasty and grainy with a peaty earthiness. Good bit of caramel, but not a whole lot of sweetness. Decent enough flavors and plenty of power to make this a tasty brew.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not very creamy, but there is some weight to this and it's almost as good.

3.5 D: Easy drinking, but nothing special.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Very deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is raisiny. Starts semi-sweet with hops in the background, finishes smooth. $3.55 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Middle Ages.

Poured a deep red with a faint touch of tan. Quite a bit of head, doesn't last though.

Smells of roasted malts and cinnamon. A bit of an oaky scotch scent.

Taste is nice and warm. Notes of scotch, nut, and cinnamon. Finish is a bit more bitter than I'd like.

Mouthfeel is ok. A bit to much carbonation for this style in my opinion, but its a warming beer and feels nice on the palate.

Drinkability here is average. Middle Ages is my closest Brewery, and I give them props for crafting an interesting variety of brews. There are much better Scottish Ales out there, and Middle Ages own Highlander 80 shilling is better. Not a bad call though.

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Photo of Jarod
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2005 – aged 2 years

This beer poured a crystal clear transparent brown black color that had ruby highlights all throughout, and still well carbonated.
The pour produced a creamy dense thick foam head that was tan in color, and fairly sticky to the touch. As it was drank it produced a fairly decent lace to the bottom of the glass. The aromas the emerged from the glass were of sweet fruit (apples, grapes, etc), roasted dark malt, nuts, coffee, some bitter chocolate and tones of fresh earth. As it warmed the fruit and coffee seem to be more pronounced. The flavors produced slightly different tastes then the aroma would have hinted to, simple array of hops (pine) roasted malts, fresh coffee, notes of dark chocolate, more hops in the middle, hints of fruit arose and disappeared fairly fast, slate and hay as it ended. The aftertaste was of a burnt/bitter chocolate and coffee mixture - dry. The body was on the thinner side, a tad watery, not what I would have expected, would have liked some body for a beer like this. After being aged (left in the fridge) for 2 years it seems to have held up fairly well, when fresh it seemed to have more body, but even in its current state it is very drinkable. But to be honest I would have never guessed this to be a Scottish Ale when I poured it, I if I didn't know would have thought it be a Porter or in that family.

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Photo of Stimack
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew from a growler. Poured to a dark brown color, which let very little light through. Fair sized dark tan head that has pretty good retention and did leave a fair amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. Very strong caramel malt aromas giving it a sweet scent with a slight alcohol smell. The taste seems to be more about the malt than anything else. Caramel with a candy like taste dominate, but I do sense a slight hop finish. Over all it is a good brew, not a favorite but one I would get again.

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Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It came to me a dark, ruby brown, glints of light passing through readily enough. A light tan finger of head lingered shortly, and lacing clung willingly.

The aroma brought a roated malt blend of coffee and chocolate, but rather lightly. There as an ashy element in play that lent a dull bitterness to the air.

The first sip was midly sweet, with a vague port character, and fleeting glimpses of coffee and smoky malt. An indistinct hops bitterness laced the current, and lingered as the malt components died off rather quickly. The kicker here is, the first sip was the best of the bunch, with the overall presence dropping off as the beer drained from the glass.

Falling short of medium bodied, the palate was not so much coated as passed over, and the dry, lingering hops finish was not there for long.

This beer looked nice enough, but it started thin, and got thinner with each sip. The malt element wasn't there for long before it dropped away to an equally fast-ebbing hops component. In all, it's not a bad beer, but it is nothing special either. You could drink a few of these, but my guess is there is likely better available for the next one. Maybe I was wrong in expecting more, but I thought it was a disappointment.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with a ruby hue in the light. One finger tan head, with good retention and nice laceing. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. Body is thick and carbonated. Taste is lighter than expected. Very porter like. Roasted malts and grains. Bit of dark chocolate and coffee. Not bad.

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Photo of donius
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a massive tan frothy head (granted it was a bit warmer) but retained itself at a half finger for quite a while. Very dark, almost black, but not hazy.

Smells of well roasted malts, faintly earthy and a bit of iron.

Taste is nothing too exceptional, but very well-balanced. Alcohol is very well masked for a 6.5%

Way too much carbonation for my liking. Feels like a dead beer saturated with CO2

It's actually quite drinkable, very light for a scottish...I definitely wouldn't turn it down.

I would check it out if your interested in western New York beers, but don't go out of your way for it.

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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.