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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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the cask at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nondescript chalice, glowing a deep, stouty brown coloring, with flecks of gold and red when held to light. It held a one finger head of light brown bubbles. This showed decent retention, leaving a ring of bubbles atop the liquid. Spots of lacing were seen clinging to the walls of the glass. Carbonation appeared low, and no sediment was noted. The aroma was boozy, with notes of butterscotch caramel, oaky smoothness, darker malts of coffee and chocolate, lactics, and generous Band-Aid phenols. Our first impression was that the flavoring was sour, woody, and boozy, with little else to note. As we sipped, grapey, winey sourness started things off. Big lactics, with astringent tannin dryness came too, with walnuts and fresh coffee malts. The middle peaked with more sourness of those malts, biting cherry mash, and light caramel sugars to cut. We finished on more warming notes of spicy alcohol, more caramel, continued lactics, toffee sugars, and more washed out, but still lightly charred, malts. The aftertaste breathed of that same fruity sourness, almost to the point of feeling like a dry Kriek, along with char, metals, mineral, more lactics, apple sourness, wood, and dried coconut. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was low. Each sip was biting, and very drying, with little slurp, cream, froth, or smack to be had. That tannin dryness permeated every layer of the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank more slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. This held nice woodiness, booziness, and fruitiness, and was ultimately nicely inviting. We did, however, feel a bit skimped on the flavoring and sweetness that we have come to love the style for. Instead, the robust, lighter, and sweet malt profile was replaced by something more akin to a dry Irish stout. We found this beer to be decent, and a pleasant experience, but we were not overly satisfied or excited by much at all.

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Photo of xgoodyx
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Jammer42
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Can't decipher stamp on bottle.

Look- Near opaque clear deep brown with a substantial toasted marshmallow-colored head. left an regal crown of dense lacing above a half inch of dense, craggy foam when it settled. When the larger bubbles pop, the crater left remains untouched for a surprisingly long time.

Smell- Spicy dates, brown sugar, wintergreen, and the signature Middle Ages yeast. Mildly solventy and nostril-clearing.

Taste- Peppery start, with a roasted malt flush in the middle and a resurgence of nondescript bitterness towards the finish. Strong espresso dominates, and a touch of smoked flavor towards the end is nice. Light buttered toast aftertaste often found in their beers takes on a slight burnt character. Alcohol has a moderate presence throughout. It's good, but rather no-frills.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, bright carbonation. Creamy and smooth throughout, decently warming, and faintly oily and acidic at the back. Drinks like chocolate milk.

Overall- It's good, but only makes me think of Middle Ages' delicious Scotch ale, Kilt Tilter, without delivering the full-flavored punch. It's also got a nice smoky presence that too many American Scottish beer stylings are lacking. A solid offering, and I'll pick it up when I'm pining for its big brother seasonal.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 rab53
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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

Poured a really dark brown color from a 12 bottle. Some light penetration along the edges.
One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a very nice and mellow blend of cocoa, chocolate, malts and some dark fruits and licorice.
This is a very tasty brew, the sweetness upfront , the malty backbone, the hints of bitterness in the finish are just perfect.
Almost a full-bodied ale which is very very smooth and very easy to drink. Middle Ages makes some of the best dark beers and I would highly recommend trying all of their dark beers including the Duke. They don't call it the duke for nothing, this is a damn good scotch ale/porter concoction. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 TheHopMonster
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a pint glass. Deep red with slow rising bubbles indicating that its going to be a medium to high bodied beer. A fingers worth of tan head, dissipates rather quickly.

Smells of aggressive malts both smoked and sweet. Some grassy hops make their way into the aroma but its dominated through the intense presence of the malts.

Tastes exactly how it smells, smokey with molasses sweetness up front and a sticky almost chewy finish with the smokey/sweet still lingering.

Decent Scottish ale but nothing like the real thing.

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Photo of brew3crew
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had during a middle ages tasting.

A-amber brown with white head that quickly disappates
S-strong malts upfront
T-tastes like it smells. some malt comes through
M-medium body that goes down smooth
D-nothing really stands out here

Nothing really makes this beer stand out average across the board.

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

Pours very dark brown with a solid amount of off-white head. Smells a bit off. Some roasted smells but mostly just a odd smell. Tastes roasted and slightly fruity. A bit more bitter than i would like but overall not bad. Decent mouthfeel and well carbonated. Fairly drinkable

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Photo of lovindahops
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

continuing with the family jewels brews... onto the hybrid the Duke

A- opaque as it gets for a brew and not much in the head department though. Some lacing on the brew but not too much. Nice mocha colors on top

S- all malt. Smoked molasses with some molasses and dark sugar. Inviting no doubt

T- the dark chocolate and charcoal flavors are very good up front. There is some sweet flavors that go along with the earthiness of the brew. Well done

M- a little too carbonated but the syrupy flavor is pretty good

D- Duke is pretty good. The multi flavored aspects of the brew makes it pretty drinkable

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