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 FranklinPCombs
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first "real" beer I have had in such a long time that I am overwhelmed by what were once daily pleasures for me in the realm of beer drinking. First of all, the beer looks quite amazing in the pint. It is almost jet black on first inspection, but look closer and there's a beautiful red tint around the edges of the glass. The head was a thick light tan, about half a finger, and receded rather quickly into an inviting ring, although with little lace. The smell is mostly roasted malts with some slight amount of hop undertones. There is also a delicate fruity burnt aroma. The taste is pleasant and warming (or maybe that's the alcohol), although some of the flavors are too unpronounced. It melds together into a nice overall taste, but its a bit sharp on the back of the palatte and I find myself wishing for a bit more malt presence. Don't mistake this for complaining, I could drink this beer all night (and I plan to). The mouthfeel is straightforward, not too thick not too thin, and plenty of small bubbles. Drinkability? Theres plenty, especially since I got it for free. Let the drinking commence.

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Photo of cbl2
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pitch black with slight white head that settle rapidly leaving little to no lace.


Smoke with maple syrup and malt aromas


I don't really care for the consistency (too carbonated or something); flavors are somewhat harsh and not well balanced; overflowing with smoky character that I don't find appealing.

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

Tasted on 6/23/04 from 12 oz.

Appearance: Almost black with glints of ruby when held up to the light. Thick tan head on the initial pour, fades pretty quickly to a hint of lacing.

Smell: Mocha/espresso with a touch of sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate initially, followed up by some malty-pruny sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess, just felt a touch thin.

Drinkability: Great dinner brew, or after dinner sipping even.

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Photo of necoadam
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a black color with a nice amount of carbonation in it. Wasn't totally black, but it was somewhat dark. Smell consisted of malts mostly combined with some coffee and chocolate as well. Some slight smokiness is there, but mostly in the backround. Taste had a porter feel to it, but did blend in with some scottish type flavors. If you read the bottle, it tries to combine the scottish elements with the porter finish. Well..ok. It does have chocolate and coffee flavors in there, but I wish it had some more smoky flavors that are in scottish ales. The finish wasn't cloying at all which I really liked about this beer. Quite a decent brew.

I must thank my boss for getting me a case of this stuff.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maroon with tight white head that kicks off some rings of lace.
Aroma of some coffee beans, dark fruits, a little bit of smoke and a biscuit profile.
Flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits cut by an espresso bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately sweet on the front of the palate then a smooth transition to a coffee-like bittering.
Drinkability is very nice. Interesting twist on style blending. Very nice beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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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Photo of Starchild
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep soulless brown color filled my pint glass. Sweet roast, caramel flavors with lingering hints of hops and chocolate malt fill the mouth. This beer has a fairly straightforward character that I ascribe to most lagers. As I finished the pint, the beer became more tart and I didn’t notice any fruit qualities. I don’t really see the scotch ale in this scotch porter blend. I taste black malt more then peat flavored malt.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with the a few others this beer is very much like a porter but it does have the nice Scottish qualities I love. Nice head and good lacing, and really nice cherry/auburn red color when held directly in front of my desk lamp. Really nice smokey and peaty qualities and tasty toasted and mocha chocolate finish of a porter. Also does have a nice slick buttery taste tying the two together. Really suprisingly good.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark ruby-brown. Two finger off white head is highly bubbly and doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

The smell is mostly alcohol with a little bit of smoke. The taste is totally dominated by the smoke, with the alcohol not far behind. Malt profile is not all that dark, but the alcohol masks it's flavor, making it taste darker than it really is. Slighlty overcarbonated for a beer that is trying to be an old ale and/or porter.

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

Appearance is fantastic and so typical of MA brews. Very dark brown/ruby color. Luscious, lingering tan head with plenty of lace.
You can get lost in the smell of this beer. The initial ABV sting soon passes, followed by lots of malt, then a barrage of fruity, hoppy and even smokey elements.
Taste is loaded with malt. To me the label describes this perfectly as a blend of Scottish (even old ale) and Porter styles. Nice combination... like a very strong porter.
Mouthfeel is lush, carbonation feel surprisingly low given how much head is generated and retained. Very enjoyable, though.
Drinkability: Make sure you always have a couple of these stashed away for when you have a hankering for an interesting blend of ale styles.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet butterscotch smell, nice and strong, that's my Middle Ages. Light brown head fades pretty quick. This beer is pretty damn dark, its up there with the stouts. This one is pretty carbonated, it makes your tongue tingle on its way down. Rich in flavor, with sweet hints of butterscotch, roasted barley, and just a smidgen of bitter coffee aftertase.
Its good out of the bottle, but on tap it seems that the flavors play nice together, making it more interesting. If you are in an area that has bottles of MA, make the effort and find a bar where you can pick up ther growler, its worth it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 GreatPondBrewer
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh it got cold again so I have been relagated to drinking the warming ales. The Duke poured a regal brown with a huge crowning cafe au lait head. This receded into a very intricate and sticky lace It was very porter like in appearence with no light seeping through the glass. The smell was also very porterish, with sweet chocolate malts and burned currant flavors. It was bordering cloying in the nose, but not quite. The taste had a very interesting thing going on. There were some real huge robust porter flavors of toffee and coffee with seriously roasted malts, but it mellowed into a much more scottish ale type bear towards the end of the taste with blood red cherry and burned sugar fruits. There was just a touch of hops towards the finish. The Scotch qualities improved the further down it got with a much more warming mellow scotch flavor appearing. The mouthfeel was all ale with bubbley carbonation that was a little too fizzy. I would like a more flat mouthfeel, but not creamy like a malty stout or porter. More like a dubbel. This beer is, however, recomended. I am only just getting into the scottish styles.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is great even before tasting it. A nice khaki-colored head settles to a thing layer and provides excellent lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown color. Not completely opaque. I was lost in the smell, just breathing it in an enjoying it, and I lost control and had to sip it. Oak, berries, and chocolate aromas. Smokey, too. Tastes very smooth. Some chocolate and burnt flavors. Creamy and the aftertaste is lighter than expected. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of sponberg
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a cream colored head. Really great nose - well attenuated diacetyl, peat, chocolatey, hints of roastiness.

One of my "have it around the house at all times" brews - the flavor starts out with malty sweetness, some chocolate and peaty/smoky notes, just enough roasted malt to balance, not at all cloying, with very well hidden alcohol. The hops come into play more at the end, and there's a good clean bitterness underlying the whole thing. Moderate to chewy mouthfeel, and the drinkability soars when it's cold outside (but that's just me). Ages nicely, too - a six month old sample, if well stored, is slightly drier and more peaty. The Duke on the label is smiling with good reason.

If you ever see this beer available on cask, run (don't walk) to try it. One of the better hand-pulled pints I've ever had.

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Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Hobbz
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer from the bottle design to the last drop. Blackest tones with hardly any light showing through the glass. Foam was even brownish-tan. Did not perceive much of a Scotch-styled nose -- bottle seems to hint that this one is something of a cross-styled brew ("...bids you welcome with smooth flavor of a Scottish ale, capped with the regal flourish of a porter"). Taste also was consistent throughout the session: Burnt roasted malts with some sweetness, noticeable alcohol and a very hint of peat smokiness. Great balance and taste; well-crafted.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost impenetrable. Solid head, roasted barley aroma with strong grasses and herbs. Others have commented how this beer falls in between a Scottish ale and a porter, and that is a fine description. Some upfront flavors have the smoky, grassy malts that are characteristic in a Scottish ale, and then the creaminess and dry finish as well as a lingering of coffee and roasted barley flavors indicate the porter. Excellent; tasty, warming, energizing, revitalizing, this beer should probably be treated as a porter since Scottish ales are delicate, smoky, and excellent as an after dinner drink. This beer has rougher edges, but could, in turn, be as useful as any good porter. The best of the Middle Ages beers I have tried.

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Photo of John
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent Scotch ale. Dark, robust and delicious.

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