Duke Of Winship - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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4.22/5 rDev +9%
This one, my first ever offering from Middle Ages, is dark brown with a lighter brown hue that shines through in the light, picking up a vaguely red tint. A light brown head has good retention after settling to just under a finger and staying there the rest of the time, and lacing has some good cling to it.
The aroma is very malty with a big underlying sweetness and a dusty sort of caramel element. There's some earthiness from hops and some grassiness to balance and round it out.
The maltiness in the flavor forgoes the sweetness of the aroma and turns it around with a much more roasty taste including a touch of smoke and peat. Herbal flavors with a touch of citrus let me know this is nicely balanced. It also gets very toasty, mixing in flavor between the roast and bready aspects.
A light carbonation lends some crispness to a medium body. It's pretty rich, smooth and mellow with plenty of life. It manages to go smoother as it warms without losing the crispness.
This beer makes me wish I'd picked up more in NY. I'll definitely look into when I'm there next.
07-10-2011 02:28:19 | More by Brenden
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Malty rich with toffee, malted milk, chocolate, and coffee; and with only the faintest nod toward earthy peat or subtle dense fruitiness.
Pouring a medium brown color with mohogany highlights, the beer forms a lightly barley-stained head that carries a density and persistence of well malted beers. Medium lace adorns the glass as the beer falls. Dark, but to reinforce the notion of malt balance.
Chocolate and coffee govern the nose, and with background aromas of toffee malts, malted milk, earthy hops (just shy of peat), and a mild piney grassy note to balance out the sweet scent.
Flavors follow suit, but with the coffee and chocolate flavors gaining ground on the peated malt character and hop balance. Dense with toast, brown sugar, sorghum, medium roasted coffees and bittersweet chocolate morsels. Only in finish does the malty rich flavors subside in allowance for the earthy English hops to attempt balance.
Rich and succulent throughout, the beer's early creaminess due to carbonation and malty richness, lingers well into finish with only note of slight estery fruits and light smoke (maybe kettle caramelization) to rise just before the aftertaste. Semi-dry in finish, the beer retains much of its malty influence til the very end.
With the balance tilted heavily toward the malty side, the complexity of malt development works well with the bulk of attention given to the more porter-like malt base. Any earthy/smokey/peaty complements are slight. The body retains its weight very deep, not relinquishing the sweetness as do many authentic Scottish ales. Still a very enjoyable beer; but maybe mor akin to a robust porter than a Scottish ale.
07-06-2011 16:00:19 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured this one into a pint glass. Deep red with slow rising bubbles indicating that its going to be a medium to high bodied beer. A fingers worth of tan head, dissipates rather quickly.
Smells of aggressive malts both smoked and sweet. Some grassy hops make their way into the aroma but its dominated through the intense presence of the malts.
Tastes exactly how it smells, smokey with molasses sweetness up front and a sticky almost chewy finish with the smokey/sweet still lingering.
Decent Scottish ale but nothing like the real thing.
03-06-2011 21:54:31 | More by TheHopMonster
3/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
01-18-2011 00:41:47 | More by brew3crew
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
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
01-17-2011 21:01:05 | More by Urbancaver
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
continuing with the family jewels brews... onto the hybrid the Duke
A- opaque as it gets for a brew and not much in the head department though. Some lacing on the brew but not too much. Nice mocha colors on top
S- all malt. Smoked molasses with some molasses and dark sugar. Inviting no doubt
T- the dark chocolate and charcoal flavors are very good up front. There is some sweet flavors that go along with the earthiness of the brew. Well done
M- a little too carbonated but the syrupy flavor is pretty good
D- Duke is pretty good. The multi flavored aspects of the brew makes it pretty drinkable
12-19-2010 18:41:48 | More by lovindahops
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
11-04-2010 22:50:11 | More by donius
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
pours a real dark brown, almost black. minimal head, just a thin collar. the aroma is a very nice roasty chocolate aroma, a little coffee.
the label describes itself as a cross between a porter and a scotch ale. I'd say that is accurate. roasty malt flavors typical of a porter dominate.
medium to thick body, somewhat creamy, lower carbonation. decent beer, I'd definitely grab it again.
10-13-2010 03:55:00 | More by jmdrpi
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
09-14-2010 23:32:19 | More by riversider76
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Pours deep dark brown and is pretty much opaque except for some ruby around the edges. The head is a dark tan color and has great staying power, leaving sloppy lace on the glass.
The aroma is very nice with roasted barley and plenty of caramel. It also has a chalky yeasty flavor to it and notes of coffee, bitter cocoa and a hint of butterscotch. A whiff of smoke can also be detected from time to time.
The flavor is very porter like out of the gate with coffee and dark chocolate from the roasted barley being the main components. The more classic scotch ale characteristics also show thorough though, with some nice caramel and toffee notes and a bit of a Smokey character in the finish. This beer also has a great buttery dimension to it and I have to say, it is quite delicious.
The mouthfeel is super smooth and on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is subdued, leading to a silky and wondrous finish. Caramel coffee lingers on my tongue after swallowing.
Super drinkable and enjoyable. This beer totally took me by surprise with its simple, yet rich flavors and amazing texture. Not a classic example by any means, but damn tasty.
09-12-2010 23:14:43 | More by zoso1967
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Very dark brown and red with no head. Smells sweet, like some sort of fruit and chocolate.
Tastes like sweet chocolate scotch which to me is delicious.
Mouthfeel is not notable, well carbonated and not watery.
Drinkable , although a bit heavy. I wouldn't down 5 of these. 1 or 2 is fine.
08-26-2010 20:20:48 | More by sdj5
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Got this in a Middle Ages mix pack from Wegmans in Cicero NY. Poured this mostly-cold 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.
This dark brown brew allows nearly zero light through and carries a stable foamy greyish-tan head. The smell is semi-sweet, toasty, smoke, caramel, cherries. The taste isn't as astringent or harsh as the level of smoke in the nose would imply. In the mouth it is a bit smoky, but rounded and smooth. Semi-sweet charred caramel, woody/ earthy feeling, finishes with vanilla and a bit of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, finishes dry, a bit under-carbonated.
08-23-2010 00:50:43 | More by BeerNinja007
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. pours pretty much opaque black but is actually a very dark brown. one finger of a light mocha colored head that fades to some nice looking patchy foam that stays for a while. only a little lace.
in the aroma you get some metallic chocolate roasted malts. a little coffee and a touch of peat and smoke. a little bit of dark fruit.
the taste is pretty close to what the label suggests, a mix between a scotch ale and a porter. kind of tastes like a smoked porter. bitter dark chocolate malts, roasted malt, metallic at times. just the right amount of smokiness. a hint of dark dried fruits. finishs with a crisp roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness. maybe just a little watery at times as well.
carbonation is crisp, maybe a touch to crisp for the style. medium to light in body.
a really nice session beer, anytime of year in my opinion. a nicely made beer, and its definatly worth a try. middle ages makes some really good beers, i was pretty impressed. there variety 12 pack is definatly a good buy.
08-20-2010 00:49:18 | More by dogfishandi
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Dark red to the point of appearing brown.
S: Malty. Smells like a scotch.
T: Labelled: "The Duke bids you welcome with the smooth flavor of a scotch ale, capped with the regal flourish of a rich porter." And that's how it tastes. Upfront, it's a scotch followed by porter. Definitely sweet and fairly complex. Leaves a nice warm aftertaste without being too much.
M: Light and creamy.
D: High considering I didn't love the taste. Every beer from that brewery has been very good. I don't particularly care for scotch ales or porters but this is a nice twist. For less than $1.50 a bottle, it's worth the price to try it.
06-13-2010 22:06:18 | More by CaptYellow
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
02-11-2010 05:32:59 | More by Durge
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is chocolate and smoked malts.Taste is cocoa,coffee beans,and smoked malts.Smooth and drinkable with good flavor.This is something I can see buying again in the future and something I would recommend to my buddies.
01-07-2010 18:41:14 | More by matty
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pretty dark, with a bit of light coming through to give it some amber color. Raindrop lacing on the top of the glass. Off-white head.
Smell: Slight wood and peat maybe. Some caramel and bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts with mild fruit esters.
Taste: Nice dark roasted malt flavors and discernible chocolate along with some bready caramel flavors. Lingering dark roasted finish.
Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I'd expect at the forefront, though there's a good burst of prickly carbonation that saves it at the end from being too watery.
Drinkability: A good, drinkable version of the style, and more like a porter and darker than some. Good for the upcoming winter.
11-29-2009 20:20:47 | More by asabreed
1.08/5 rDev -72.1%
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.
11-28-2009 21:18:05 | More by tjd112
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
11-07-2009 00:32:10 | More by deapokid
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
09-23-2009 17:34:23 | More by number1bum
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
09-02-2009 17:52:55 | More by craftaholic
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
07-18-2009 21:49:38 | More by ZimZamZoom
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
07-13-2009 11:13:42 | More by dmamiano
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-22-2009 18:55:23 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
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
04-23-2009 19:31:55 | More by armock
Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.