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

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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 deapokid
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep rootbeer color with a thin brown head and a respectable amount of lacing. My first guess was that it was a porter, until I snuck a peak at the bottle and discovered that it was a Scottish Ale! Now I'm even more excited.

A bevy of scents emanate off of this beer. Whiskey, root beer, licorice and chocolate all hit me at once, with a nice spiciness lingering in the background. Smells really rich and decadent.

Beers tingles the tongue with carbonation upon first sip and milk chocolate, roasted coffee & scotch all converge into one delicious flavor. Positively, none of these flavors come off as artificial and they are all well balanced enough so that no one taste overpowers another. Although the ABV isn't that high, it manages to warm you up with each sip.

This brew is very elegant; coating the tongue with its array of sweet flavors and never coming off as bitter or candied.

It's also quite light and suspiciously easy to take down (despite its big flavor profile). I'm really happy with this dark beer from Middle Ages, and, of the three I've tried from my sampler, this is definitely the best.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some garnet at the edges when held to the light. One finger of tan head sits on top and settles to a thin, wispy lace that is fullest around the edge. Not much stick.

Smells of sweet, buttery caramel with a bit of chocolate sweetness, as well. Also some coffee and light roasted notes. Ringwood yeast is apparent and goes nicely with the buttery sweetness. Also some dark fruit aromas.

Taste also has a nice blend of sweet caramel and roasted malt, with some coffee and dark chocolate, as well. It has a buttery quality to it like the nose, as well as some dark fruits. It finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat dry in the finish. It's soft on the palate and has a nice smoothness.

I think this drinks a lot more like a porter than a scottish ale. It's almost a bit like Black Heart's little brother. It's tasty and one of Middle Ages' best.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy brown with a medium head that quickly dissipated but there wasn't much carbonation at all.

Smell: Aroma is that of a caramelized sugar with a slight toffee scent it was very faint at the nose but quite grainy.

Taste: This is full bodied brew as would be expected from a scottish ale, malty and sweet and almost like a fresh brewed coffee with hints of chocolate, nut, and some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slick as oil that lasts long after a sip.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink for a heavier beer, but more than one and it might be too much.

Overall: Quite nice but there might be too much coffee for my liking.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine deep brown pour, with a nice tan head. The head bubbles away quickly but leaves a touch of lacing and a nice thin layer on the beer.

Aroma is caramelized sugar, some dark roastiness. Definitely on the malty side, a sweet charcoal if there is such a thing. Love the rich caramel flavor, again some roast malt, sweet and smooth turning just a bit bitter in the finish as the hops make their appearance.

Nice big body, rich and creamy, swirling leaves a viscous trail on the glass which I really dig. This is a fine Scotch Ale, highly drinkable and eminently enjoyable.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to great BA aherberger for this one!
Nice dark brown appearance, ruby edges show through as its held to the sunlight. Tan head and abundant lacing.
Sweet, heavy malts in the nose. Malty is the buzz word here. Over ripened fruits, grapes, plum and pears.
Taste was very good. Full feel and malty. Very viscous. Hints of licorice(black), fruit and candy. No hops noticed here.
Very nice beer to me.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brothercannon for tossing me a bottle of this from his variety pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. This scotch ale appears a clear deep amber color with a finger of creamy light ecru foam. No lacing to speak of. Nice and malty, as it should be, with notes of chocolate, roasted and caramelized grains, bitter grassy hops. Just about medium in both body and carbonation. Worth your time if you like the style.

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Photo of armock
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate and sweet toffee scents

T - Follows the nose with the taste chocolate and toffee flavors come out

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer but it tastes more like a porter than a scottish ale to me the beer has a decent taste thats worth trying sometime

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for this!

Pours black with a thin light brown head that holds up. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malty goodness with a touch of roast. Caramel/toffee and nuts mix in. It smell Scotch-like, but with a roasty, coffee, Porter-like touch.

Scotch-like in the malty character with whisky-like dryness in the finish. Between the start and the finish, the Scotch ale character stands out, but with a porter-like roasted coffee tone. Sweet maltiness balanced by roast and woody dryness.

The body is smooth, rich, robust and creamy. Full-bodied, or "enough" so.

An interesting hybrid. A very nice Scotch ale with a porter character mixed in, making it a malty, unique brew. They accomplished what they had planned to do quite well, I'd say.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duke of Winship is a very dark, tawny red porter with an orangish light brown head that fizzles and fades to a splotchy film. It leaves good lacing. The aroma is dry and chocolaty, has a deep molasses backbone and has a slight dusty attic whiff. It's not entirely focused. It is medium-full bodied; fizzy with big bubbles. It leaves the tongue a little sand blasted. Quite bitter throughout, the roasted chocolate flavor is a little detached from the gin-like element. It has a lot of flavor and it's played down nicely. This is a well-done robust porter.
(rated Aug 8, 2007)

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with a finger of cream colored head.

S: Very sweet in the nose. A hint of smoked peat as well which is always nice to have for the style. Some roasted malts with a hint of coffee and chocolate. A hint of wood at the end.

T: A nice mix of roasted malts and sweetness. Some hints of chocolate and coffee. Really like the nose. A really complex and well balanced beer. The beer finishes very sweet with a nice lingering note of caramel.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

D: Again I love being able to get this on cask on the regular. The oak aged version is a little better as it cuts down on the sweetness but this is a real champ of a drinker as well. Definitely grab anything you can from Middle Ages on cask if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this on Saturday at the brewery. The website says it has the "softness of a Scotch ale with the malt make-up of an English Porter". Poured into a 20oz Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque ruby and mahogany brown with a healthy looking one inch thick light tan head that dissipates rather slowly, leaving a somewhat sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

S - This is where the brew really shines. Not too strong but not too weak either. General smokey aroma of dark roasted malt, oats and barley, nutmeg, caramel and a hint of a combination of pine and slight oak and vanilla characters.

T - A nice smooth and smokey wave of the dark roasted malt with some very small coffee notes, along with the nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon and barley hits the mouth first. It's followed by a crisp and slightly bitter piney hop wave leaving a bit of a lingering drier finish which hides in the background, allowing the previously mentioned Porter and Scotch ale aspects to come through fully even after the sip is done. The smokey, roasted characteristic comes through especially as it warms.

MF - Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation going on. A bit more watery than I expected or wanted.

D - Pretty drinkable overall at 6.5% ABV. Although a more medium-bodied brew, it'll leave you feeling a bit full.

Notes - Taking a step back to observe this beer overall, I'd say Middle Ages did pretty well in crafting this hybrid Scotch ale/English Porter, as the characteristics of both styles are embodied in this brew. Worth a shot to try if you get the chance.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a clear brown color with a huge off-white head. It is quite retentive. Almost too much head.

S: The aroma is malty, but faint.

T: There are several flavors at play in this beer. Most notable are caramel, malt, spice and some slight smoke.

M: This beer is full bodied and quite appropriate.

D: This is a good drinking Scottish Ale. I'm sure I could drink this all night.

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Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color. It poured with a moderately sticky light tan head.

s: As advertised, this smells like a peaty porter with some nutty, sour coffee notes.

t: Sweet peaty malts up front with a mildly bitter coffee finish.

m: The carbonation was long lived, but this felt a bit thin overall.

d: I've never had anything like it, but this hybrid Scotch Ale/Porter works very well.

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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 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 HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby red/purple with 3 fingers of foamy light tan colored head. Nice retention and some clinging lacing. Smells of caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, nuts, and roasted malt. Tastes of citrus briefly up front, then nuts and caramel with a touch of cinnamon, grapes, and chocolate. Finishes with roasted malt, coffee, and slight grassy bitterness. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Very dry with some acidity to it. Finally, a Middle Ages beer that I don't think tastes like butter. A good combination of flavors for a unique tasting Scottish ale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep black hue with a nice bubbly head. The retention is not real good but it does die to a solid collar. Streams of lace are left on the glass as the contents disappear.

S: Nice roasty aroma with hints of chocolate and nuts. A touch of brown sugar and coffee seeps thru as well.

T: Similar to the nose. Big and roasty with a nice blast of sweet nutty toffee. A good deal chocolate and coffee can be picked up along with just a touch of smoke.

M: Medium to thin in body.

D: Pretty drinkable. I like the mix of scotch and porter. It makes for a real nice combination.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY

A-Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy looking medium tan head, leaving decent lace.

S-Light roasted malts and the suggestion of toasted walnuts.

T-Nutty, roasted malt. Very astringent. Long, lingering bitterness.

M-Medium body, very dry.

D-Good roasted malt body, but a little to dry in the finish for me.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of those MA brews I haven't gotten around to reviewing, so here goes.

12 oz. bottle allowed to warm slightly and then poured into a nonic.

Pours an extremely dark brown with a rocky two finger light tan colored head. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass, nice looking brew. Smell is a scotchy ringwood with notes of coffee and caramel. Sweet chocolate and brown sugar with roasted grains that tickle the nose as well. Smokey chocolate malt and toffee on the tongue at first followed by a hint of scotch and oak flavors. The ringwood yeast taste fits in very well with this beer and doesn't over power in the least bit. Aftertaste is of coffee and cane sugar that leaves the tongue slightly dry. Medium to full body with a very smooth feel. Carbonation is slight and tingles the mouth. This is probably one of Middle Ages better beers although it doesn't get much recognition because of the style, it's just not "imperial" enough. I'll have to get this on cask one of these days at the Tusk.

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Photo of animal69
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i saw this "hybrid" and had to try it ; pours a deep ruby-brown w/ a creamy tan head which lasted a good while leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; smells mostly like a porter, darkly toasted malts and dark fruit, but has a faint smoked whiskey and butterscotch note to it as well ; taste is similar to smell, a robust, deep roasted malt flavor, a bit sweet w/ a woody, slightly vinous alcoholic finish ; a med body, moderate co2 yet still bubbles all the way down ; a quite drinkable, yet confusing brew, i def. have to get more of this one...

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