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

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 112
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown body, almost black, with ruby edges. Topped by a handful of light tan micro bubbly froth. Good lacing is almost immediately evident.

Full rich nose: fruity, a bit of alcohol, licorice, a general candy sweetness, some earthiness, and did I just get a hint of mint?

Taste shows off both ends of this hybrid well: the chocolate and coffee from the porter kick off, some deep well rounded malt from the scottish ale rolls in, some fine Euro style hops cut back the malt and lightly coat the mouth, before a final lightly warming note of alcohol finishes it up. A really well done blend of styles.

Good solid mouthfeel. Easy but substantial drinking.

A beer really under my radar, I'm happy it was in the sampler case. Look forward to revisiting.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz'er pours into a standby Hennepin tulip with a thin collar of khaki ring hiding in the corners topping off a deep brown hue with scant ruby glints escaping through the sides with some frothy lace left behind. A few healthy swirls elicits a quick head cap rise.

Winsome aromatic nose of signature Scottish Ale ripe red apples and roasted malt suggestion.

First swigs: Vanilla ice cream and some roasted malt cocoa. Milky essence middle. Smoked peat prescence. Baker's chocolate dryness and flavors. Dry yet lingering caramel smoky aftertaste.

Feel is medium bodied. Taunt carbonation with dense bubbles. Despite the crafty flavor and creativity, it gets in its own way in the long run. Satisfied my curiosity and craving, but not a brew that I can see myself seeking out anytime soon.

Last swigs: Complex sipper that is a pleasant porter slick Scotchish. Kudos to MIDDLE AGES for managing to cleverly mix two styles so even handedly. "You put porter in my Scottish Ale!" "You put Scottish Ale in my porter!" This is like Reeses peanut butter cup - two great tastes that taste great together. Special BA thanks to SkinnyElvis for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy free blended beering.

Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for bringing this one my way. It pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a bit of a smoky character with some caramel malt. The flavor is nice. Has a strong maltiness and a bit of smoked malt that is supposed to be there in a Scotch ale. The smoked malt seems to be left out of a lot of the readily available Scotch Ales that I've had recently. Drinks easily and the body is moderate.

Photo of meathookjones
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with a small tan cap. Bits of lace strewn about the glass as this was taken down. Deep sweet fruit notes with an unusually large roastiness for the style. Some chocolate malt and a dash of coffee. Definitely smell more of a hybrid than the standard, but it smell damn tasty. Flavor is kicked off with dark sweet fruits with a strong roasted malt upfront. Pretty big chocolate and coffee as well. Light alcohol is noticeable as is some caramel. Quite the malt bomb going on here in a very complex and tasty way. Strong lingering roasty notes. About a medium body with a smooth creamy feel. Very drinkable stuff. This threw me off at first put by the end of the glass I was loving the stuff. Not your typical Scotch ale.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a ruby hue. there is a finger of head that falls to a very healthy coat over top of the beer. The nose is full of deep rich caramel with a bit of peated malt. The flavor moderately coffee and slightly smokey. Its okay, but not what I consider for a scotch. The feel is a on the light side of moderate. Overall, this beer is very nice. I would definatley try it again, but not for a Scotch.

Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Cask at the Blue Tusk. Damn does this brew improve on the hand-pump or what!? A dark brew, nearly black with a huge (for a handpull) head of espresso-like foam. This brew is fresh, in fact this cask was just tapped two days prior to my arrival at the tusk. The aromas scream porter, but there are scotch ale undertones as well. I detect a bit of somked peat in the aroma, as well as roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of the ole' booze as well. Taste is great. Creamy, roasty, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes all over the place. Wow, decadent is the word to sum up this drinking experience. Mouthfeel is cask loveliness, and drinkability is insane as well. All of this in a 20oz serving size for just $3. Man, sometimes you really have to love the 'cuse!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, deep burgandy-mahogany topped by a toasted tan head of dense foam. The Duke is an absolutely gorgeous color when backlit; it looks like a multi-faceted gemstone with sparkling ruby highlights. The cap descends unevenly, leaving softly arching fingers of lace on the upper portion of the glass.

Captivating nose of roasted barley malt, dark butterscotch, brown sugar and smoke. I don't get much peat, but this one hits all of the other requisite Scottish ale aromas dead on. One of the best of the style.

Perhaps it was the power of suggestion from reading the label, but Duke Of Winship tastes like a cross between a Scottish ale and a porter. I'm all for blurring the lines between styles, yet I can't help but feel that it was ill-advised with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's still mighty tasty, it's just that the porter characteristics detract from what could have been a great Scottish ale.

By porter characteristics, I'm referring chiefly to the high degree of roast and, especially, to the rampant coffee flavor. The sweet, smoky, dark butterscotchiness is still present, but has to fight to stay in the game. The beer is sweet, bitter and ever so slightly sour all at once; there's a lot going on with each mouthful. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a lightly silky smoothness.

Duke Of Winship might have been better served (and would have been the stuff of legends) if it adhered more rigorously to the Scottish ale guidelines. It's still mighty fine beer and is one of Middle Ages's best. My thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the trade. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium thin off-white head that has fair retention. Thin and sticky lacing. Strong roasted malt aroma, with touches of caramel and fruit. Pretty full-bodied, and I like the style that blends characteristics of a Scotch Ale and Porter, although to be honest if I didn’t read the label I would have guessed just Scotch Ale. Nice roasty flavor with malt, dark fruit, caramel and a hint of chocolate. The finish is a little smokey and has a nice bitterness. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of erica
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great great beer- the Duke welcomes you with a little note on the bottle... how nice. Not to sound wrong, but The Duke is welcome in my mouth anytime! It's a dark brown, red if you hold it up to the light, a ring around the glass of tiny tan bubbles. Smells roasty like coffee with brown sugar in it, I love it! Tastes sweetish, butterscotchy, brown sugary, coffee, yeah. Slightly bitter end, like something roasted would be. Mouthfeel is lovely, fizzy enough so it doesn't get to be too much. Drinkability is good as well, yes, unfortunately I only had one bottle to split. I guess I'll just have to go back to the brewery to pet the kitty Bubbles and get more Duke!

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first "real" beer I have had in such a long time that I am overwhelmed by what were once daily pleasures for me in the realm of beer drinking. First of all, the beer looks quite amazing in the pint. It is almost jet black on first inspection, but look closer and there's a beautiful red tint around the edges of the glass. The head was a thick light tan, about half a finger, and receded rather quickly into an inviting ring, although with little lace. The smell is mostly roasted malts with some slight amount of hop undertones. There is also a delicate fruity burnt aroma. The taste is pleasant and warming (or maybe that's the alcohol), although some of the flavors are too unpronounced. It melds together into a nice overall taste, but its a bit sharp on the back of the palatte and I find myself wishing for a bit more malt presence. Don't mistake this for complaining, I could drink this beer all night (and I plan to). The mouthfeel is straightforward, not too thick not too thin, and plenty of small bubbles. Drinkability? Theres plenty, especially since I got it for free. Let the drinking commence.

Photo of cbl2
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Hefe
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 6/23/04 from 12 oz.

Appearance: Almost black with glints of ruby when held up to the light. Thick tan head on the initial pour, fades pretty quickly to a hint of lacing.

Smell: Mocha/espresso with a touch of sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate initially, followed up by some malty-pruny sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess, just felt a touch thin.

Drinkability: Great dinner brew, or after dinner sipping even.

Photo of necoadam
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a black color with a nice amount of carbonation in it. Wasn't totally black, but it was somewhat dark. Smell consisted of malts mostly combined with some coffee and chocolate as well. Some slight smokiness is there, but mostly in the backround. Taste had a porter feel to it, but did blend in with some scottish type flavors. If you read the bottle, it tries to combine the scottish elements with the porter finish. Well..ok. It does have chocolate and coffee flavors in there, but I wish it had some more smoky flavors that are in scottish ales. The finish wasn't cloying at all which I really liked about this beer. Quite a decent brew.

I must thank my boss for getting me a case of this stuff.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, as part of a group of Middle Ages singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, dense 1/2" tan head formed, which laced excellently. Brew is quite dark, with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Heavily sweet malty aroma, almost has a slight milk tinge to it, whatever that means. Taste is stunning, the smoothness and heartiness of a porter, coupled with the sweetness and alcohol warming of my favorite style (at this point), the scotch ale. Taste did deteriorate a bit as warming occured during the drinking experience, but nothing too drastic. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent as well. A tremendous category-breaker from those wizards at Middle Ages.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maroon with tight white head that kicks off some rings of lace.
Aroma of some coffee beans, dark fruits, a little bit of smoke and a biscuit profile.
Flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits cut by an espresso bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately sweet on the front of the palate then a smooth transition to a coffee-like bittering.
Drinkability is very nice. Interesting twist on style blending. Very nice beer.

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of nomad
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Starchild
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep soulless brown color filled my pint glass. Sweet roast, caramel flavors with lingering hints of hops and chocolate malt fill the mouth. This beer has a fairly straightforward character that I ascribe to most lagers. As I finished the pint, the beer became more tart and I didn’t notice any fruit qualities. I don’t really see the scotch ale in this scotch porter blend. I taste black malt more then peat flavored malt.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with the a few others this beer is very much like a porter but it does have the nice Scottish qualities I love. Nice head and good lacing, and really nice cherry/auburn red color when held directly in front of my desk lamp. Really nice smokey and peaty qualities and tasty toasted and mocha chocolate finish of a porter. Also does have a nice slick buttery taste tying the two together. Really suprisingly good.

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.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.