Wellington Iron Duke Strong Ale

Wellington Iron Duke Strong Ale

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Brewed by Wellington Brewery (formerly Wellington County Brewery)

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Style:  English Strong Ale

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

21 International Bittering Units

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2018 Description The Duke is back! This legendary British style strong ale has a robust malt character with notes of toffee, caramel, and raisin. 2011 Description Originally a seasonal brew, Iron Duke is Wellington’s winter warmer with the character of barley wine. An excellent dessert beer. ALCOHOL VOLUME: 6.5% COLOUR: Dark burgundy. AROMA: Wood, port, plum, brandy. TASTE: Full chewy mouth feel, sweet malt, nut, wood, port character. FOOD PAIRING: Stilton, Christmas pudding, chocolate, chocolate cake.

ID: 7104 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank10996
Overall Percentile76.8
Style Rank126 of 349
Style Percentile63.9
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.350
Weighted Score3.280
Standard Deviation0.663

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  • PAULCARDOM 548 reviews
    rated 2.2 3 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Another of the old guard of Wellington beers, and probably my least favourite of the originals. A solid chestnut pour with a thin creamy light brown head. There are roasted malt and floral hop notes in the aroma, with a tough of yeast and figs. Not a lot of sweetness up front for me, this beer is a bitter beer from the start.

  • GAZ 69 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

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

    My favourite wellington beer so far (havent tried the imperial stout yet) This is a very good dark ale. Nutty and malty but i found it a bit on the thin side. Well balanced and fairly complex and a nice hoppy finish. Will definately drink this again

  • BEERHAWK 351 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

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

    A steady brew with a bit of a kick. Very dark with a decent attack that finishes with a steady buzz. I think this is one of the better brews from the Wellington line.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 2.9 15 years ago

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

    Cask: Poured a clear brown color ale with a small head that disappeared quite fast. Aroma is quite weak with some malt being distinguishable with some light hops. Taste is refreshing but very light with some sweet malt and light hops. Body is too thin for my own liking and was expecting more bitterness. Not bad but there is some way better bitter out there.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

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

    Poured a clear deep red cola color, mildly effervescence, the cap lasted a very short life but the lace and ring then hang in for the ride . Subtle smells of raisins, fruits and sweet malt odors....slight hint of nutty-spice. Taste...not as complex as I've been lead to believe but a really well carafted ale. Starts a with a rich mouth full of dried fruit and malts up front..full bodied... raisin bread malty tones with some spice tastes...but it does lack the sharp hop astringency in the finish some crave...but that's ok by me...I like it....finish is long with a sweet- sour -bready after taste and a mild alcohol discernment. The whole swallow comes off as tastfully sweet, rich without hop over balance and with a nice alcohol warming in the finish... Has become a standard ale of mine. ...great brew! True hop heads may be not be able to dig deep into this one....but for me...I like it as a drinkable brew...a micro ale that doesn't make you endure rough edges to get your hop hit at the expence of a great pronounced blend of malts. There is a rumor this will be retired by the brewer.

  • BIEGAMAN 551 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

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

    Sampled on tap. Poured a beautiful ruby glowing colour. A smooth mouthfeel but rather empty. I failed to detect any strong flavours. Perhaps some hints of fruit but all the taste was distant and far from robust. Very hard to describe in part to a lack of character. I question the taps though, Id try this again from the bottle.

  • ORVALPLEASE 351 reviews
    rated 2.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Marginal dark ale with a hop bitterness that finishes like a cigarette ash. Little to no head that leaves the brew looking like a glass of old prune juice. A strong aftertaste was not welcome here. Canada certainly has better to offer at this price.

  • BOBHOPPS 406 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Deep brown red, small head but nice lacing.Aroma of whisky,black olives(first nose draft)and coffee.Flavor it's kind of sweet liquor there is some licorice also ,all that with a very easy carbonation.Overall it's a very good strong ale another beer that wellington brewery can be proud.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 2.8 16 years ago

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

    This review is from notes previously taken. This ale is a bit on the watery side. It's malty, but it comes across thin. I probably would not have it again

  • CHOPZ 5615 reviews
    rated 4.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This is the last brew to review from Wellington's fine brewery. Poured a deep brown-orange colour with red highlights and a nice tanned creamy head. Beautiful lacing was left behind. The aroma seemed very sour with a mix of chocolat. The taste was very well balanced between the sweet chocolat-toffee and the bitterness. Lots of fruits were found in the mouth. Pretty darn good !

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