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 pavandal
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a very dark, almost black, color in the glass. When held up to light, you can see that it has a nice burgandy color. Head started off about 1/2 inch and then dissapeared. Nice spiderweb-like lacing on the glass as drank it.

Not much of a smell on this one. The faint odor I can detect is a fruity smell.

When tasting, I first found a strange fruit taste. Blueberries maybe. there was a definite coffee flavor apparent as well. Actually began to taste better as I drank it, the alchohol seemed to settle and ease off the tongue.

It seemed very light in the mouth for such a dark and heavy looking beer.

Overall, a smooth beer that eased up as it went on. I might not buy it again, but I am glad that I did try it. Give it a shot.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice deep black color with an off white head that wasnt to frothy and only hung around a while.

S - Smokey chocolate and strong fusel alcohols start off this nose. Some fruity hops are close around but not over bearing.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts are mixed some fruits but its way over powered by the alcohol.

M - The strength of the alcohol makes it a seemingly thinner than normal, but it is very decieveing. Its true to style, but the alcohols heat it up, and are decieving.

D - Very easy to drink, Nice smooth flavor, but the heat of it makes it a little rough.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Citadel82
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposed to be a mixed porter and scotch ale. Not so much of the latter in my opinion.

Got this in the dollar bin at New World to enjoy on the boat home from Wall Street. a nice treat on a gloriously sunny day. Shame the roof was not open yet so I could enjoyed it in the wind and sun of New York Harbor on the ride home to Atlantic Highlands.

The brew poured an opaque brown with a thick tan head that lingered and left some nice rings of lace on the snifter I was drinking from.

Aroma was sweet malt with hints of charcoal, coffee and fruit.

Taste was on the dry side. Some coffee and chocolate, not a a great deal of smoke a kiss of sweet malt, though not to the degree that I was hoping for in a Scotch Ale.

The smooth creamy mouth feel made this brew a nice, rich, sipper that I enjoyed over the thirty-five minute ride home. Glad I picked up extras. At a buck a bottle this was a steal.

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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 orfeu
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, garnet-burgundy highlights. Dense beige froth, about 1/4". Vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, faint whiff of hops. Butterscotch, too, of course, as this is a Middle Ages brew, after all (gotta love the way they use that Ringwood!). Roasted coffee, dark caramel/chocolate malts. Herbal hops keep things spicy, and there is a meager smokiness, along with some mineral twang, at the finish. Unexpectedly, diacetyl does not show much in the taste. Rich mouthfeel; medium-bodied and creamy. An interesting beer, for sure. Seems to be more of a Scotch ale by the nose and more of a robust porter by the taste and palate. I'd really like to try this on tap. Definitely a buy-again beer -- great stuff!

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

Aroma is mostly sweet malt (caramel?) but hint of bread and brown sugar are also detectable. I swear this was a dark reddish brown when poured, but it turns dark black with a somewhat creamy, but mostly bubbly head. Some mildly smoky flavors in the fore with hints of carmelized roast beef proceed a sweet mildly chocolate/cocoa powder middle and vaguely molasses tinged finish. A different and worthy approach to the style.

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

This is almost black in color with a tall tan head.
Its aroma is a blend of hops and chocolate malt.
Coffee and chocolate are the first things that register on my taste buds. There is also a slight alcohol presence and a trace amount of hop bitterness. This brew is very close to a porter. Nice and roasty as well.
Mouth feel is medium to full bodied and is generously carbonated.

This was a pleasant surprise, as I was not expecting such a hearty beer from a scotch ale.

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Photo of waldowin
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogony, with a tan head that falls back to a decent ring, good lacing.

Smells of plums, toffee, and hints of scotch.

Tastes of caramelized malts, with a peat/smoke/roast finish. The start is very much a solid scotch ale, but the finish is much closer to a porter.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as big as I'd like it to be, but the carbonation and roast cuts the sweet slick of caramelized malts nicely.

Smooth, sweet, and hearty. My kind of beer! Thanks to dmeadows for this!

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just returned from a Friday night high school football game (in the cold) and it seemed like a nice time for a scottish ale. Poured a very deep mahogany color with adequate tannish head that feel to a nice ring. Smell is nice and roasty with notes of caramel present. Taste follows through with more roasted notes and some dark fruity tastes also present. Finished very mild with a moderate sweet maltiness and no hops to be found. I really enjoyed this beer, however it seemed more like a porter (Stegmaiers) than a scottish ale.

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Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 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 RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown body, almost black, with ruby edges. Topped by a handful of light tan micro bubbly froth. Good lacing is almost immediately evident.

Full rich nose: fruity, a bit of alcohol, licorice, a general candy sweetness, some earthiness, and did I just get a hint of mint?

Taste shows off both ends of this hybrid well: the chocolate and coffee from the porter kick off, some deep well rounded malt from the scottish ale rolls in, some fine Euro style hops cut back the malt and lightly coat the mouth, before a final lightly warming note of alcohol finishes it up. A really well done blend of styles.

Good solid mouthfeel. Easy but substantial drinking.

A beer really under my radar, I'm happy it was in the sampler case. Look forward to revisiting.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz'er pours into a standby Hennepin tulip with a thin collar of khaki ring hiding in the corners topping off a deep brown hue with scant ruby glints escaping through the sides with some frothy lace left behind. A few healthy swirls elicits a quick head cap rise.

Winsome aromatic nose of signature Scottish Ale ripe red apples and roasted malt suggestion.

First swigs: Vanilla ice cream and some roasted malt cocoa. Milky essence middle. Smoked peat prescence. Baker's chocolate dryness and flavors. Dry yet lingering caramel smoky aftertaste.

Feel is medium bodied. Taunt carbonation with dense bubbles. Despite the crafty flavor and creativity, it gets in its own way in the long run. Satisfied my curiosity and craving, but not a brew that I can see myself seeking out anytime soon.

Last swigs: Complex sipper that is a pleasant porter slick Scotchish. Kudos to MIDDLE AGES for managing to cleverly mix two styles so even handedly. "You put porter in my Scottish Ale!" "You put Scottish Ale in my porter!" This is like Reeses peanut butter cup - two great tastes that taste great together. Special BA thanks to SkinnyElvis for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy free blended beering.

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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 clvand0
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for bringing this one my way. It pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a bit of a smoky character with some caramel malt. The flavor is nice. Has a strong maltiness and a bit of smoked malt that is supposed to be there in a Scotch ale. The smoked malt seems to be left out of a lot of the readily available Scotch Ales that I've had recently. Drinks easily and the body is moderate.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with a small tan cap. Bits of lace strewn about the glass as this was taken down. Deep sweet fruit notes with an unusually large roastiness for the style. Some chocolate malt and a dash of coffee. Definitely smell more of a hybrid than the standard, but it smell damn tasty. Flavor is kicked off with dark sweet fruits with a strong roasted malt upfront. Pretty big chocolate and coffee as well. Light alcohol is noticeable as is some caramel. Quite the malt bomb going on here in a very complex and tasty way. Strong lingering roasty notes. About a medium body with a smooth creamy feel. Very drinkable stuff. This threw me off at first put by the end of the glass I was loving the stuff. Not your typical Scotch ale.

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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 francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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 Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 erica
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great great beer- the Duke welcomes you with a little note on the bottle... how nice. Not to sound wrong, but The Duke is welcome in my mouth anytime! It's a dark brown, red if you hold it up to the light, a ring around the glass of tiny tan bubbles. Smells roasty like coffee with brown sugar in it, I love it! Tastes sweetish, butterscotchy, brown sugary, coffee, yeah. Slightly bitter end, like something roasted would be. Mouthfeel is lovely, fizzy enough so it doesn't get to be too much. Drinkability is good as well, yes, unfortunately I only had one bottle to split. I guess I'll just have to go back to the brewery to pet the kitty Bubbles and get more Duke!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 173 ratings