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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 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 sulldaddy
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass. the beer pours a deep chocolate brown color and with little light passing through. The .5 cm head is beige and very creamy. Settles and floats effortlessly on the surface.
Aroma is very malty, I get some toffee and caramel with mixed in brown sugar as well. there is just a bit of cocoa on the deepest sniffs of the glass.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine gentle rolling carbonation. Flavor is as expected from the nose. All malt and mostly brown sugar with some rich cocoa notes mixed in. the finish is actually more bittersweet as there is an almost coffee bean bite of roasted malt on the finish.
AN interesting beer, not sure of the style being scotch ale, as it is much more porteresque to me. Very easy to drink with no hint of ABV.
Nice simple well crafted beer.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Had a large, brown, foamy head. Beer was black with lively carbonation and left some lacing around the glass.

Aroma was oats, nuts, malt and alcohol.

Taste was chocolate, scotch, bitter coffee.

Finished with a mild bitterness from the hops. This was a pretty tasty beer and was pretty well balanced. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of crwills
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label on this 12oz bottle, this beer is a cross between a Scotch ale and a porter... seems pretty accurate. Pours a semi-transparent reddish brown into my pint glass with very little head to speak of (might have been a bit cold). Aroma is very malty, but a little grainy. Mildly fruity sweetness mixed with damp earth notes. Flavour carries it through -- it's much more like a Scotch ale than a porter. Very little in the way of chocolate or coffee flavours, and lighter on the roasted malts. Almost no detectable hop presence, although the moderate carbonation adds a bit of tanginess to it.

Not bad -- I remember not liking a previous bottle as well as I liked this one, so perhaps the 6 months age on it did it some good.

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Photo of Phatz
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is interesting and a style-bender. 'cruzinthegalaxie' was over this afternoon and so I opened one of these for him saying I have no idea what style it is but we'll give it a shot. on the pour and the whiff I said oh it must be a sweet porter. The taste made me less certain but I was going with porter. I may not have put my figure on scotch ale right away. We were working on a project so I did not read the bottle until now. After everyone is in bed and it just me and the computer I am ready to make my notes the second bottle I poured and I see right t on the bottle it says, "The Duke bids you welcome with the smooth flavor of a Scottish Ale, capped with the regal flourish of a rich porter." The website says "A sensual dark brew with the softness of a Scotch ale crafted with the malt make-up of an English Porter." These are actually good descriptions. I am very impressed with this brew.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a little lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweet caramel, chocolate, brown sugar bitter coffee, smoke, light butterscotch and a bit of carob bordering on almost fruit but not quite.

Taste: The chocolate flavors and roasty bitter coffee finish push this beer closer to porter but the butterscotch and caramel are quite reminiscent of the Scottish Ale, and the smokiness is there but barely so ... all in all I stand by my original impression that it is a unique style bender. That is what I like to see. Something that is actually creative.

Mouthfeel: It is a full body beer with light carbonation, again this is more porter-like but incredible soft with just the right dryness in the finish. Very well done.

Drinkability: There is no doubting that I am a fan of this beer. It is sweet and approachable while staying complex and interesting and is goes down quite easily, but somehow I enjoyed sipping a few over several hours. Beautiful. I will seek out more of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Scottish Ale pours a deep brown with woody/amber highlights, and a nice light brown head that depletes into a thin lace.

The aroma is woody and sharp with mellow notes of smoke and malt. Appetizing.

Flavors are sweet and smooth with molasses and oak undertones. The finish includes more molasses, honey, smokiness, and a bit of hops. There is a distinct heaviness that bares a wheat-like quality.

As far as the mouthfeel is concerned, there is a moderate bite that rounds to a velvety texture in the finish with some natural carbonation.

It involved many of the same characteristics of similar beers of this style, but more so. Scottish ales do not tend to normally rank highly with my taste, but this was good.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it's quite good.

Appearance - Almost pitch black except for the cola-like color at the bottom. No head, but a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell - Very sweet, reminiscent of a milk stout.

Taste - Nutty, and again, sweet. Balances well with the slight bitterness. Overall, the flavors are well-rounded, with none of them overpowering the others.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, smooth, and finishes with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability - Fortunately, it manages to be light enough to not overwhelm, but dark enough to have the desirable characteristics of a porter.

Overall, I have to say I'm fairly impressed. I'm not sure I personally can pick apart the Scottish Ale aspect of it, but I haven't had too many of those to really be an expert. Either way, it is a nice beer with a distinct personality. Recommended.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle at approximately 55 degrees. The bottle has a smiling long haired fellow wearing an outfit displaying three golden goblets as a coat of arms upon his chest.
A - Pours a dark thick walnut shade of brown. with a tan head that leaves a generous amount of lace behind.

S - Odors of roasted malt, chocolate malt and dark wheaty scents mingle with the smell of nutty caramel and a metallic essence is detected.

M - Effervescent, Malty sweet, slightly spicy a rich blend of porter and scottish ale.

T - A roasty, chalky taste combines with chocolate malt flavors and subtle earthy textures. A bready taste and a subtle hint of vanilla is evident in the finish. A residual sweetness emerges as the powdery roasted, nutty taste blends with carbonation and a dry tobacco-like earthiness.

D - A generally tasty brew with sweetness offset by roasted elements. The dry almost burnt powdery taste is slightly distracting, but overall a pleasant malty dark ale.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark, dark brown with a light reddish brown around the edges. Tall light brown head. Glorious brown curtain of lace.

Smells like a mix of a Scottish Ale and a Porter. Has the strong, pungent, slightly sour ale smell, with the roasted nutty malt smell. Nice and understated coffee undertones.

Has a Porter beginning, and a Scottish end. Major bite at the end. Really nice balance between the roasted malt and the sour alcohol flavor. The bitter coffee flavor increases as it warms.

Very thick, and has a nice dry finish. A thick feel on the tongue at the end. Slightly ashy, even ... yet surprisingly smooth. This is a really nice brew. Has a pucker to it, but a nice dry balance.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown hue with ruby highlights and a half finger off white foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a smokey and sweet caramel malt with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

The taste featured a heavy caramel malt which was balanced by a dry chocolate malt. Excellent coffee finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a very dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and complex Scottish Ale. Good Porter characteristics. Highly recommended.

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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 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 rohrbachsfan
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color was a bit darker than your typical Scottish Ale, it's closer to a porter in color (the label indicates this beer is somewhere between a porter and a Scottish Ale). Flavor was rich and malty. Nice roasted coffee flavor. Taste was somewhat sweet initially but finished dry. I liked this one a lot and would buy it again.

I did buy it again and was even more impressed than the first time I tasted it.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lubière : Poured a dark color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma is quite strong with peat and bitter roasted malt. Taste is reminiscent of a mix between a scotch ale and a porter with a nice dose of peat that mix very well with roasted bitter malt with a nice sweet touch. Body is above average and medium level of alcohol makes it a beer I could enjoy often. Very nice beer that doesn’t seem to fall under a particular style.

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposed to be a mixed porter and scotch ale. Not so much of the latter in my opinion.

Got this in the dollar bin at New World to enjoy on the boat home from Wall Street. a nice treat on a gloriously sunny day. Shame the roof was not open yet so I could enjoyed it in the wind and sun of New York Harbor on the ride home to Atlantic Highlands.

The brew poured an opaque brown with a thick tan head that lingered and left some nice rings of lace on the snifter I was drinking from.

Aroma was sweet malt with hints of charcoal, coffee and fruit.

Taste was on the dry side. Some coffee and chocolate, not a a great deal of smoke a kiss of sweet malt, though not to the degree that I was hoping for in a Scotch Ale.

The smooth creamy mouth feel made this brew a nice, rich, sipper that I enjoyed over the thirty-five minute ride home. Glad I picked up extras. At a buck a bottle this was a steal.

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

Dark brown, garnet-burgundy highlights. Dense beige froth, about 1/4". Vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, faint whiff of hops. Butterscotch, too, of course, as this is a Middle Ages brew, after all (gotta love the way they use that Ringwood!). Roasted coffee, dark caramel/chocolate malts. Herbal hops keep things spicy, and there is a meager smokiness, along with some mineral twang, at the finish. Unexpectedly, diacetyl does not show much in the taste. Rich mouthfeel; medium-bodied and creamy. An interesting beer, for sure. Seems to be more of a Scotch ale by the nose and more of a robust porter by the taste and palate. I'd really like to try this on tap. Definitely a buy-again beer -- great stuff!

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

This is almost black in color with a tall tan head.
Its aroma is a blend of hops and chocolate malt.
Coffee and chocolate are the first things that register on my taste buds. There is also a slight alcohol presence and a trace amount of hop bitterness. This brew is very close to a porter. Nice and roasty as well.
Mouth feel is medium to full bodied and is generously carbonated.

This was a pleasant surprise, as I was not expecting such a hearty beer from a scotch ale.

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Photo of waldowin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogony, with a tan head that falls back to a decent ring, good lacing.

Smells of plums, toffee, and hints of scotch.

Tastes of caramelized malts, with a peat/smoke/roast finish. The start is very much a solid scotch ale, but the finish is much closer to a porter.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as big as I'd like it to be, but the carbonation and roast cuts the sweet slick of caramelized malts nicely.

Smooth, sweet, and hearty. My kind of beer! Thanks to dmeadows for this!

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just returned from a Friday night high school football game (in the cold) and it seemed like a nice time for a scottish ale. Poured a very deep mahogany color with adequate tannish head that feel to a nice ring. Smell is nice and roasty with notes of caramel present. Taste follows through with more roasted notes and some dark fruity tastes also present. Finished very mild with a moderate sweet maltiness and no hops to be found. I really enjoyed this beer, however it seemed more like a porter (Stegmaiers) than a scottish ale.

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Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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