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

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Duke Of WinshipDuke Of Winship

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

A nice roast porter. Am I the only one to notice the correct style? Carbonation a tad on the aggressive side, but very fresh from the brewery. Nice dark colour and roast aroma. Small head. Yes, after the fact realize what a nice nightcap this is. Scotch in the taste. Ovaltine satisfying aftertaste. Recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

by far the best middle ages beer, and if it wasnt for ommegang, id declare it the best beer made in new york state! pours a rich dark fudge color with w foamy white lacey head. smells smokey and sweet, bittersweet like pure cacao, and engligh malty like a euro brown ale almost. the flavor is just epic, all time! a blend of two styles scotch ale and porter, there is a lot of flavors going on. a robust smokey sweet chocolate malt thing up front, with a drawn out finish akin to a good glass of whiskey. almost tastes wood aged, and that version must be incredible, but the plain ole duke of winship is an amazing beer. medium to full body smooth as velvet. brewery fresh growler on thanksgiving made the day. seek this one out!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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 oberon
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cross between a Scottish ale and a porter and it shows in the pour of this beer a deep brown with a few red highlights not much head to speak of,aroma is earthy and fruity with a trace of bitter chocolate a good combonation in my book.Taste has a nice dried fruit flavor up front with a nice chocolate flavor that dominates with a real medicinal finish wich was unexpected.A nice beer with some complexity a nice night cap.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, deep burgandy-mahogany topped by a toasted tan head of dense foam. The Duke is an absolutely gorgeous color when backlit; it looks like a multi-faceted gemstone with sparkling ruby highlights. The cap descends unevenly, leaving softly arching fingers of lace on the upper portion of the glass.

Captivating nose of roasted barley malt, dark butterscotch, brown sugar and smoke. I don't get much peat, but this one hits all of the other requisite Scottish ale aromas dead on. One of the best of the style.

Perhaps it was the power of suggestion from reading the label, but Duke Of Winship tastes like a cross between a Scottish ale and a porter. I'm all for blurring the lines between styles, yet I can't help but feel that it was ill-advised with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's still mighty tasty, it's just that the porter characteristics detract from what could have been a great Scottish ale.

By porter characteristics, I'm referring chiefly to the high degree of roast and, especially, to the rampant coffee flavor. The sweet, smoky, dark butterscotchiness is still present, but has to fight to stay in the game. The beer is sweet, bitter and ever so slightly sour all at once; there's a lot going on with each mouthful. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a lightly silky smoothness.

Duke Of Winship might have been better served (and would have been the stuff of legends) if it adhered more rigorously to the Scottish ale guidelines. It's still mighty fine beer and is one of Middle Ages's best. My thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

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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 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 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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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a light tan head that stays strong. The aroma is an intense mixture of Ringwood yeast, roasted barley, chocolate malts, and patent malts; truly excellant. The taste is very unique. You get that buttery feeling as it goes down, but there is that dark grain element that adds such complexity to the palate. It does have a lot of porter qualities to it, but I like a beer that is willing to push to envelope a little. The mouthfeel is fine, although it is medium to heavily bodied. This one is a pleasure to drink. I think I'll have another.

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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 jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, as part of a group of Middle Ages singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, dense 1/2" tan head formed, which laced excellently. Brew is quite dark, with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Heavily sweet malty aroma, almost has a slight milk tinge to it, whatever that means. Taste is stunning, the smoothness and heartiness of a porter, coupled with the sweetness and alcohol warming of my favorite style (at this point), the scotch ale. Taste did deteriorate a bit as warming occured during the drinking experience, but nothing too drastic. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent as well. A tremendous category-breaker from those wizards at Middle Ages.

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

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is damn near black. Probably the darkest Scottish beer I've had. Clean maltiness on the nose, but subtle coffee, chocolate and smoke as well. Lovely aroma. A bubbly brown edging is all this beer offers up as a head. What a nice tasting beer. Very smooth and enjoyable malt profile. A little dash of peat smokiness. And also some dry cedar tones. Chocolate mingles in the background with roasted tones and espresso/java. Interesting to say the least and very tasty. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue. Body is full and carbonation in low, creating a highly drinkable Heavy.

Thanks to Davo for this Regal treat.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential “Porter” pour, a very deep brown to almost black in color, the head regal as it crowns the beer all nice and chocolate brown, creamy in texture and the residual lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Light toasted grain aroma with sweet cotton candy like tones, buttery, a real treat to the senses. The front is malt sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish has a splendid hop presence, the carbonation moderate and the bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste a pleasing seal to this quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the trade. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium thin off-white head that has fair retention. Thin and sticky lacing. Strong roasted malt aroma, with touches of caramel and fruit. Pretty full-bodied, and I like the style that blends characteristics of a Scotch Ale and Porter, although to be honest if I didn’t read the label I would have guessed just Scotch Ale. Nice roasty flavor with malt, dark fruit, caramel and a hint of chocolate. The finish is a little smokey and has a nice bitterness. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Cask at the Blue Tusk. Damn does this brew improve on the hand-pump or what!? A dark brew, nearly black with a huge (for a handpull) head of espresso-like foam. This brew is fresh, in fact this cask was just tapped two days prior to my arrival at the tusk. The aromas scream porter, but there are scotch ale undertones as well. I detect a bit of somked peat in the aroma, as well as roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of the ole' booze as well. Taste is great. Creamy, roasty, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes all over the place. Wow, decadent is the word to sum up this drinking experience. Mouthfeel is cask loveliness, and drinkability is insane as well. All of this in a 20oz serving size for just $3. Man, sometimes you really have to love the 'cuse!

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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 Brent
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a heck of a well-crafted beer. It describes itself as a hybred Scotch ale and porter. To me, it fits in the robust porter section of the beer spectrum - but with a brew as tasty as this, who cares what we call it? Pours a soy-sauce black. Held up to the light - it glows a rich walnut red-brown. Aroma hints of baker's chocolate. Mouthfeel is substantial with a malty heft. Dark chocolate and mocha coffee flavors hang at the back of the tongue, refusing to release until the bitterness fades to an echo. By then, the next drink is on the way. The more I drank this, the better I liked it. Would be a fantastic accompanyment to a hearty stew or soup.

A salute to Syrbeer for introducing me to The Duke.

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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 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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