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 barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a clear brown color with a huge off-white head. It is quite retentive. Almost too much head.

S: The aroma is malty, but faint.

T: There are several flavors at play in this beer. Most notable are caramel, malt, spice and some slight smoke.

M: This beer is full bodied and quite appropriate.

D: This is a good drinking Scottish Ale. I'm sure I could drink this all night.

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Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color. It poured with a moderately sticky light tan head.

s: As advertised, this smells like a peaty porter with some nutty, sour coffee notes.

t: Sweet peaty malts up front with a mildly bitter coffee finish.

m: The carbonation was long lived, but this felt a bit thin overall.

d: I've never had anything like it, but this hybrid Scotch Ale/Porter works very well.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep transparent mahogany brown color

slight smoky woody smell not much else

light caramelly flavor, along with a light smokey flavor

rather thin some what watery body, just a bit of tannic woody astringence that sits on the top of the palate

it's a drinkable beer but I don't think I'll be revisiting it on a regular basis.

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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 HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby red/purple with 3 fingers of foamy light tan colored head. Nice retention and some clinging lacing. Smells of caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, nuts, and roasted malt. Tastes of citrus briefly up front, then nuts and caramel with a touch of cinnamon, grapes, and chocolate. Finishes with roasted malt, coffee, and slight grassy bitterness. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Very dry with some acidity to it. Finally, a Middle Ages beer that I don't think tastes like butter. A good combination of flavors for a unique tasting Scottish ale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 TheBCrew
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of tan head which slowly dissipate leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma of hazlenuts and malt. Taste to match, with some bitterness and roastiness present and a dry crisp finish. Light mouthfeel with good drinkability.

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Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY

A-Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy looking medium tan head, leaving decent lace.

S-Light roasted malts and the suggestion of toasted walnuts.

T-Nutty, roasted malt. Very astringent. Long, lingering bitterness.

M-Medium body, very dry.

D-Good roasted malt body, but a little to dry in the finish for me.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of those MA brews I haven't gotten around to reviewing, so here goes.

12 oz. bottle allowed to warm slightly and then poured into a nonic.

Pours an extremely dark brown with a rocky two finger light tan colored head. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass, nice looking brew. Smell is a scotchy ringwood with notes of coffee and caramel. Sweet chocolate and brown sugar with roasted grains that tickle the nose as well. Smokey chocolate malt and toffee on the tongue at first followed by a hint of scotch and oak flavors. The ringwood yeast taste fits in very well with this beer and doesn't over power in the least bit. Aftertaste is of coffee and cane sugar that leaves the tongue slightly dry. Medium to full body with a very smooth feel. Carbonation is slight and tingles the mouth. This is probably one of Middle Ages better beers although it doesn't get much recognition because of the style, it's just not "imperial" enough. I'll have to get this on cask one of these days at the Tusk.

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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 frazbri
2.12/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Duke poured deep brown - almost black in color topped by a creamy off-white head. Aroma was sweet and fruity up front, but a touch of vinegar came through at the back end. Cocoa and berry flavor at the first taste, followed by tartness, charcoal and a dry bitter finish. Body was mid-range as well as carbonation and finished dry.

There was something wrong with my bottle of Duke of Winship. It wasn't completely unpleasant, in fact if was labelled belgian-style and barrell aged, I would have scored it highly. The fact is, I got an infected bottle. Even with the unintentional funk, it showed promise, but I just can't give it a good score.

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Photo of jackorain
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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 +7.8%
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 -2.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +19.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -4.1%
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 -2.8%
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 +8.8%
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 -10.6%
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 -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 rohrbachsfan
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 173 ratings