Wellington County Dark Ale

Wellington County Dark Ale

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Brewed by Wellington Brewery (formerly Wellington County Brewery)

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Amber Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

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Wellington’s most decorated beer is a dark traditional ale with a rich bouquet, matured slowly to deliver exceptional smoothness and balance. ALCOHOL VOLUME: 5% COLOUR: Reddish amber AROMA: Slight oak, cherry nose, toffee, malt, warm bread TASTE: Full bodied, malt, nut, toffee FOOD PAIRING: Roast beef, lamb,venison, French onion soup

ID: 7102 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank9279
Overall Percentile80.4
Style Rank140 of 1244
Style Percentile88.7
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.380
Weighted Score3.317
Standard Deviation0.312

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 2.8 1 year ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Can / Draught. Colour – clear brown, light tan head, frothy but not long lasting. Aroma – nutty malt, light caramel, and some roast. Mouthfeel – light to medium bodied, good carbonation. Flavour – caramel and nutty malt flavours, finish is mild.

  • PAULCARDOM 548 reviews
    rated 3.0 3 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A staple of the Wellington Brewery going back to the 90s. A dark brown body, although translucent when held up to a powerful light. Head is thin, light brown, and creamy. Caramel and nut tones dominate the aroma, although weak notes of chocolate are present. The flavour starts out sweet and malty, but then reality sets in and the finish is quite bitter.

  • PALEALERIDER 2233 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Had a pint at Pour Boy, Ottawa. Pint arrived with a very thin layer of head, glass filled to the top so no chance to breathe. Has a coppery appearance. Aromas are light malts and hints of caramel. Flavours of roasted malts, caramel with some notes of toffee, toast and bready malts. Sweetness in the finish. Seems like a mild maple like taste in the finish as well. Not too bad.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. nice frothy head fades after a few minutes leaving some sloppy lacing on the glass and a thin layer on top of the beer.. looks good. Nice malty aroma, slightly sweet. flavors follow suit with a nice malty backbone and hints of toffee, chocolate and coffee. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Pretty good overall. As it warms the chocolate and roasted flavours really come out.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    As I've mentioned before, Wellington County beers are all over the map in quality. One can always hope that they get a good one, but there is no guarantee. The Wellington Dark is an example of one of their better efforts. A clear dark reddish brown colour, with a sweet malt aroma. The flavour is reminiscent of many other boring amber ales though.

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 3.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Poured out a clear but quite dark amber with a fizzy off white cap that fades to a ring. The aroma is upfront with the malts, brown sugar, dark caramel, roasted and a touch of coffee. The taste is pretty heavy on malts as well with weak coffee, roasted malts, caramel, fruit, the hops hide until the end. Very carbonated, light medium bodied. The mouth feel is so-so, nothing to remember but it is sufficient for the style. Dry, middle and end is a solid bitterness. Not to sure about this being classified as an English Pale Ale. Forgettable but tasty.

  • CYRENAICA 2132 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    341ml bottle
    5.0% ABV
    I tried this beer on May 26, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark reddish brown with a creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, some nutty character, and some caramel with brown sugar. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carb carbonation. The flavour was malted nuttiness, with some hoppiness. Very similar to a lot of English Brown Ales.

  • GAZ 69 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The dark amber body poured with very little head that dissapeared quickly and left thin lacing down the glass. Nice roasty aroma with hints of toffee. Mouthfeel is quite nice. Overall good body and a good example of this style. A good session beer but lacks a little character to be considered truly great

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    For a long time I avoided this beer because it was advertised as a "dark bitter". I'm definately not a fan of the English bitter ale style. But.... this one surprised me. It's really not overly bitter at all but a very well made craft version of the way commercial brewers made ales in Canada in the 1890s. They state that it's a "dark ale" on the lable...more aptly I would qualify it as a very tasty and drinkable session ale. Poured a crystal clear copper-amber with a decent chunky head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Has understated aromas of fresh seeded fruit mingled with carmel or toffee...a distinct malty sweetness is prevalent... Starts with light and tangy dryness to the tongue then builds to a pleasingly balanced hop and malt light cream mouth feel... then finishes with a twang of citrus bittering with a lovely malty-bready after taste. I LIKE this Ale! It's a good traditional styled Canadian tavern ale.

  • BOBHOPPS 406 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I think this is a good example of the style.Aroma it's malt and hint of coffee,superb lacing with a tiny white head and the color is dark copper.The carbonation is just perfect and put well in evidence the malt and coffee very well balance with the bitterness.This is a very good beer,made in Ontario,Canada.

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