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

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Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Scotch Porter"

Added by xlperro on 10-30-2001

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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a ruby hue. there is a finger of head that falls to a very healthy coat over top of the beer. The nose is full of deep rich caramel with a bit of peated malt. The flavor moderately coffee and slightly smokey. Its okay, but not what I consider for a scotch. The feel is a on the light side of moderate. Overall, this beer is very nice. I would definatley try it again, but not for a Scotch.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Duke pours deep brown with blood red highlights and a small bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly. Burnt chocolate, candied plums, a bit of bitter coffee and hints of citric. Wisps of smokiness waft up into my nostrils. Nice.

Smokey melding of bitter cocoa and coffee hits upfront. Rather dry with hints of dark fruits and slight undertones of buttery diacetyl. Molasses sweetness. Quite an interesting offering.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice body and small bubbly carbonation. This is not one of my favorite styles...but this one is enjoyable and I could sit down to a few. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of armock
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 animal69
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 donius
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DavidGross
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this ale from MAB. It hit the spot on the cool Spring nights with just the right ABV.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stimack
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Foxman
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It came to me a dark, ruby brown, glints of light passing through readily enough. A light tan finger of head lingered shortly, and lacing clung willingly.

The aroma brought a roated malt blend of coffee and chocolate, but rather lightly. There as an ashy element in play that lent a dull bitterness to the air.

The first sip was midly sweet, with a vague port character, and fleeting glimpses of coffee and smoky malt. An indistinct hops bitterness laced the current, and lingered as the malt components died off rather quickly. The kicker here is, the first sip was the best of the bunch, with the overall presence dropping off as the beer drained from the glass.

Falling short of medium bodied, the palate was not so much coated as passed over, and the dry, lingering hops finish was not there for long.

This beer looked nice enough, but it started thin, and got thinner with each sip. The malt element wasn't there for long before it dropped away to an equally fast-ebbing hops component. In all, it's not a bad beer, but it is nothing special either. You could drink a few of these, but my guess is there is likely better available for the next one. Maybe I was wrong in expecting more, but I thought it was a disappointment.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Jarod
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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 jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Very deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is raisiny. Starts semi-sweet with hops in the background, finishes smooth. $3.55 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of Mineo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of thebuck
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jammer42
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of brwnchrstpher
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redbones on Friday, 10/7/05.

Listed as a porter and I can understand when I saw this beer's appearance. Very dark (but thin looking) with ruby-red tints peeking through. Not much of a head.

Not much of a nose at all. Dug my schnoz in there deep and got bits of darkened malts, but not much else.

Flavor was a nice solid Scotch Ale. Smokey bitterness with some malty coffee and dark chocolate. Little bits of toasted hazelnuts as well. I like the smoke quite a bit because after each sip it tried to take up residence in my mouth.

Mouthfeel was rather thin. A bit of a dry finish, but they beer's body just did not hold up very well.

Enjoyed with good ol' Redbones BBQ. Nice choice.

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Photo of nomad
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown in color, this beer had a thin coffee-colored head and dripping lace. Smeled of chocolate, mocha that is almost smoky, and buttery presence all over. Its peat malt notes fit in nicely, especially against the sweet dark malt background. In all, excellent to my nose. Taste was roasty with nippy hops surrounding it, backed by a big dark malt body. Unfortunately, I detected nothing else as the roasted flavors infused with black malts were pure dominance. Sudsy mouthfeel didn’t help either.

Smelled like a great scotch ale but tasted like a mediocre porter. Better on draft maybe (?), as are many Middle Ages’ beers.

EDIT: Had a 1/2 gallon growler, still feel like its a muddled and mediocre porter.

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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 173 ratings