Duke Of Winship - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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3.83/5 rDev -1%
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.
11-04-2012 23:23:11 | More by MadScientist
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
11-01-2012 22:35:12 | More by TheBrewo
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
08-01-2012 04:38:33 | More by DavoleBomb
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Can't decipher stamp on bottle.
Look- Near opaque clear deep brown with a substantial toasted marshmallow-colored head. left an regal crown of dense lacing above a half inch of dense, craggy foam when it settled. When the larger bubbles pop, the crater left remains untouched for a surprisingly long time.
Smell- Spicy dates, brown sugar, wintergreen, and the signature Middle Ages yeast. Mildly solventy and nostril-clearing.
Taste- Peppery start, with a roasted malt flush in the middle and a resurgence of nondescript bitterness towards the finish. Strong espresso dominates, and a touch of smoked flavor towards the end is nice. Light buttered toast aftertaste often found in their beers takes on a slight burnt character. Alcohol has a moderate presence throughout. It's good, but rather no-frills.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, bright carbonation. Creamy and smooth throughout, decently warming, and faintly oily and acidic at the back. Drinks like chocolate milk.
Overall- It's good, but only makes me think of Middle Ages' delicious Scotch ale, Kilt Tilter, without delivering the full-flavored punch. It's also got a nice smoky presence that too many American Scottish beer stylings are lacking. A solid offering, and I'll pick it up when I'm pining for its big brother seasonal.
01-15-2012 07:54:40 | More by Lawl3ss
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
by far the best middle ages beer, and if it wasnt for ommegang, id declare it the best beer made in new york state! pours a rich dark fudge color with w foamy white lacey head. smells smokey and sweet, bittersweet like pure cacao, and engligh malty like a euro brown ale almost. the flavor is just epic, all time! a blend of two styles scotch ale and porter, there is a lot of flavors going on. a robust smokey sweet chocolate malt thing up front, with a drawn out finish akin to a good glass of whiskey. almost tastes wood aged, and that version must be incredible, but the plain ole duke of winship is an amazing beer. medium to full body smooth as velvet. brewery fresh growler on thanksgiving made the day. seek this one out!
12-05-2011 02:29:42 | More by StonedTrippin
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured a really dark brown color from a 12 bottle. Some light penetration along the edges.
One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a very nice and mellow blend of cocoa, chocolate, malts and some dark fruits and licorice.
This is a very tasty brew, the sweetness upfront , the malty backbone, the hints of bitterness in the finish are just perfect.
Almost a full-bodied ale which is very very smooth and very easy to drink. Middle Ages makes some of the best dark beers and I would highly recommend trying all of their dark beers including the Duke. They don't call it the duke for nothing, this is a damn good scotch ale/porter concoction. Highly recommended.
09-03-2011 05:31:25 | More by CaptDavyJones
Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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