Iron Duke - Wellington County Brewery
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2.98/5 rDev -24%
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the light roasted malt with some sweetness. Carbonation is quite low and alcohol very subtle. Overall, this a good beer but nothing special that will make me seek this again.
04-10-2006 14:25:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.13/5 rDev -20.2%
I tried this beer a few times a couple years ago when it was sold in bombers, I didnt like it then (way too sweet), but I thought it was worth another try.
Pours a beatifully deep ruby with a smallish tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is of port, grains, figs and vanilla, very sweet and malty. The taste is very nice in the front. A rich mix of christmas cake, nuts, hay, orange peel and earth. In the middle a sweet flavor and spicy alcohol kick become apparent. This beer tastes like it has more alcohol than 6.5. A nutty flavor battles with a bracing sweetness in the finish. Hops are only a shadow in the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and textured with lots of maltiness.
If only this beer wasnt so alcoholic tasting and sweet in the finish, it would be awesome. It has loads of malt complexity and a very nice body. I recommend it if you like very malty beers.
08-28-2005 06:40:08 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
Thanks to grub for this one. Had it with my supper, meatballs & salad.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: Dark brown body with cherry wood reflections near the bottom and a beige 3 finger head.
Smell: Nuts and caramel with a touch of sweetness. Aroma very muted and opens a little as it warms.
Taste: Leathery on the sides with a pervasive malt presence and maybe a hint of liquor. Some brown sugar also. Not very complex though not bad either.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation a little higher than i would have liked and certainly felt watery a little. The body is smooth though doesn't really leave a lasting impression.
Drinkability: Just ok i guess. I don't see myself going for this often.
Overall: Alright though it had potential to be better IMO.
10-21-2010 02:07:34 | More by papat444
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
Pours a dark coffee brown with no head and absolutely no carbonation. Nose is roasty. Flavor is openly sweet with some kind of fruit in the deep recesses of this one. Although this was a dark brew, I didnt get a lot of those burnt offerings but rather roasted hazelnuts. This greatly remininded me of a barleywine, with its viscosity, sweetness, and limited carbonation. This brew improved as it warmed. I thought at times it was a little thin, but overall a good one. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.
04-28-2007 11:47:03 | More by thaichile
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
A - Ruby in colour. Head died really fast after pouring. Minor carbonation.
S - I get alot of fruitcake and dates.
T - Fruits are much more present in the taste. The dates and sort of nuttiness come out nicely.
M - Small amount of carbonation, light to medium body.
D - Good stuff but not by any means a great beer. I could have a few but I would by no means seek this out.
12-07-2010 01:49:32 | More by tbeckett
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
12oz screw off bottle. No BB date into snifter.
Was purchased as part of the Fall OCB 6er.
A- Opaque rich chocolate/burgandy pour. Two finger off white head. Ruby red when held to the light. Almost like a dark merlot. Faint carbonation bubbles scurrying up sides of glass.
S- Strawberries, cherries, milk chocolate, bitter hop presence. Chewy caramel, nice biscuity malts, faint coffee.
T- Slight metallic taste, figs and raisins, faint brown sugar. Fresh bitter hops are a nice kick in the teeth. Tart taste that I can't quite put my fingers on.
M- Drying bitter finish, the carbonation overshadows the tastes a bit too much.
Well worth trying once. The metallic taste became a bit off putting by the end of the glass.
10-02-2010 21:29:54 | More by korguy123
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
Appearance - The beer pours a clear dark brown colour with a small frothy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing due to the darkness and there is some pretty nice lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel/toffee
Taste & Mouth - There is a low level of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts, chocolate, and some dark fruits. There is also a but of a nuttiness to it. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste.
Drink - Was happy to get a chance to try this from a fresh cask. It's definitely one of Wellingtons better offerings and I'd have it again.
11-01-2011 13:13:30 | More by spinrsx
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
A rather quaffable English Ale. Pours out to a deep cherry mahogany color with a medium head of dense off-white foam. Low carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts and sweet dark fruits. Taste is medium bodied, but still quite flavorful. Nuts, malt, sweet grain, earthy wood notes, dark fruits and cherries, figs, dates. Wow. I've got to say it's quite complex. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, yet not overly dense or thick. Drinkability is pretty good. Special thanks again goes out to Derek for the sample. Recommended.
08-02-2006 00:13:12 | More by Frozensoul327
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Dark brown color (copper-red to a light source) with a nice light brown head. Malty toasty biscuity aroma and a very light chocolate aroma. Nutty malty flavor with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied but leans full. This beer is good but just not a stand-out.
[11.5 oz bottle]
12-09-2002 07:36:22 | More by RBorsato
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
A: Chestnut-garnet; pours with a tan head, quickly dissipates, hardly leaves any lace.
S: Malty (bread, nut & toffee), alcohol, prune and a little pepper.
T: Burnt caramel, earth, pepper and nut (but also a nutshell-like bitterness, though not nearly as much as the SPA, which I really don't like); some prunes and black-strap molases; alcohol is fairly assertive. There's only a hint of British fruity-ester flavour, I think it would benefit from a little more (like in the County & Imperial).
M: Body is on the high side of moderate, but it's really well attenuated & finishes kind of dry. Carbonation is moderate.
D: Fairly flavourful & potent, but I'm not particularly fond of the flavours. It's good, but not sessionable.
07-29-2006 00:13:29 | More by Derek
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
Big thanks to grub for the opportunity to try this one.
A-Pours a muddy off brown with a thin white head and no lacing.
S-Candy sugar, brown sugar and sweet malt, chocolate syrup and chocolate covered cherries.
T-Sweet dried fruit, milk chocolate and rum soaked raisins.
M-Light bodied and a bit light on the carbonation.
D-A pleasant easy drinker.
06-19-2010 02:01:08 | More by sholland119
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
Deep mohagany pour. Lively tan head. The nose is highlighted by sticky sweet molasses and toffee. Tastes starts off with some nice malt sweetness. Again, some molasses & black licorice and some hops come through mid sip. Dry-ish finish. Lingering malts and toffee. Some alcohol warmth. Fairly lively mouthfeel. Nice fuzziness to it. Decent drinkability but geared more for a sipping beer, or cool weather companion. Alot of great things about this beer but nothing that wowed me.
05-02-2005 20:25:47 | More by Popsinc
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured a half finger poorly retained head leaving almost no collar, minimal patchy lacing, dark brown in color with ruby highlights
Scent is caramel toffee, dark fruit, sweet dark bread
Taste follows the nose with a faint dark chocolate note and some earthy hops
Very smooth and refreshing for the style, there is little carbonation with a light medium body, mild bitterness in the finish. Has a watery quality to it when swirled in the glass which does not generate any suds whatsoever. Almost seems like a session brew
A decent brew that with a more experienced palate is not as big as I remember it but still holds up well.
03-10-2012 20:42:01 | More by Stocean1
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
350 mL bottle served chilled in a water goblet-esque glass. Something with a widish brim.
Appearance: Hazy reddish brown topped by a smallish offwhite head. Head dissipates to a film rather abruptly and left little lacing. The temp or soapy residue on the glass may be to blame for this, though.
Smell: Strong aromas of roasted malts and prunes. Very reminiscent of a Scotch Ale or a Wee Heavy. Precious little hopping. I was expecting something more hoppy, but that's probably due to all my previous exposures to the style being American interpretations. Still, it's not an overly complex smell.
Taste: Dark fruits like raisins and prunes with a undergirding of roasted caramel malts. Same comment about hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and robustly bodied. Alcohol very well masked.
Drinkability: Pretty decently drinkable. Had I had this blind, I would've thought it was a Scottish Ale or a Wee Heavy. Something for the Yanks to remember when trying this. Still, a darn fine beer. That it's, as one other reviewer notes, their flagship beer says volumes about the brewery,
01-05-2004 18:16:55 | More by ManekiNeko
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
I bought this beer at the brewery and took it back to Holland. Color is dark brown, almost black and the beer has a thin foam layer.
Smell is strange, a bit green like DMS, but I an not really sure. At least some sulfur. I can also smell the maltiness.
Taste is malty and roasted/burned like chocolate. There is not much bitterness, but enough to make this beer enjoyable. Wow, this almost tastes like a red wine, remarkable for this alcohol percentage. The yeastprofile is clean. Body is medium.
08-19-2006 16:48:16 | More by Absumaster
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Purchased a 6 pack of this yesterday at the brewery store. Pours a dark amber-brown colour with thin off-white head and with traces of lacing. Smells of boozy raisin and cherry. Taste has mild bitterness, with sweet booziness as well. Even though the head isn't very big, this is well carbonated. Quite a nice English style ale.
08-16-2010 21:52:31 | More by kwjd
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Dark, amber brown colour beneath a two finger, white cloud head. Lace sticks to the glass like a bride's garter. Fresh fruit smell. Raisins, plums, dates, cherries, figs and prunes twirls around with the malt. It's safe to assume no hops were used in the making of this beer. Tastes like it smells, with a bit more freshness. Kind of softer, more chewy mouthfeel. I'll buy it again, and again, and again, but I won't have alot in one sitting.
06-14-2004 22:02:59 | More by slitherySOB
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle poured into glass.
a: I thought this would be like a stout, but it's not that dark at all. It's the colour of strong brewed tea, and a bit cloudy. Foamy head settles down but sticks to the glass in layers. I can see how much I drank in each mouthful by the high water lines on the glass.
s: nothing special. A bit of that odd proteiny smell that I don't like, but there's not enough of that to be disagreeable.
t: pretty mellow for such a dark beer. A little nutty and a little sweet.
m: a bit overcarbonated, but that goes away and leaves a pleasantly slippery feeling.
o: good stuff. If I want something dark this is one of my favourite local options, especially for the price point.
09-26-2012 02:03:47 | More by Antikythera
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
Dark ruby cola colour with a thin head. Aroma is gorgeous, it's almost like sticking your nose into a good whisky or bourbon bottle. Oak, spice malt in the aroma. Taste is great, with a great spicy aftertaste. Full flavour and mouthfeel with a little bitterness. Great beer, glad I bought a 6'er.
11-12-2009 02:56:04 | More by cfrancis
3.81/5 rDev -2.8%
On cask at Volo.
The room is rather dark, but the beer appears to be amber in colour. A typical cask-like bubbly head on top.
Nose contains toffee, and a bit of smoke. A bit faint, but pleasant enough.
Taste contains caramel, toffee, some smoke and a bit of a burnt flavour. A bit reminiscent of whisky, actually (only sightly). A bit on the bitter side. with some earthy and grassy hops present.
Medium bodied, low natural carbonation. Nice cask feel.
Overall, pretty good. A pleasant beer, nothing to search out. Haven't had this in a bottle for a long time, so I can't say whether it is better in cask or not, but it seemed like the cask treatment worked well.
01-12-2013 21:37:03 | More by jrenihan
Iron Duke from Wellington County Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.