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Dark Ale - Upper Canada Brewing Company

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56 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upper Canada Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like ales of Northern England, this ale combines British Challenger hops and yeast, spring water, carastan and black patent malts for a robust malty character and a rich chestnut-coloured ale.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-22-1998)
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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Gear54, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of EvanHarper
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Ruby red, 1 finger of head rapidly dissipating, few bubbles, no lacing.

S: Dry fruit, caramel, faint grainy vegetation, pale malt.

T: Starts semi-sweet and fruity, finishes dry, moderately bitter, and with a noticeable chocolate malt character that pushes this almost into porter territory.

M: A little watery. Appropriately low carbonation.

O: No world-beater, but amazingly good for a budget beer. Drinkable and well-balanced. Old-timers insist that U.C. Dark went way downhill after Sleeman bought the brewery up; if so, the original stuff must have been the nectar of the gods. Nonetheless, the version we have today is a fine addition to Ontario's menu.

EvanHarper, Oct 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

ThinkAgain, Sep 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

DarkForest, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

timiskin, Apr 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

HATS4BATS, Jan 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

sbarre, Jan 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

GoHabsGo, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a 12-pack obtained at TBS; bottled Nov 15 2012. As far as value-brand beers go, I still feel that Upper Canada provides the best bang for your buck in this province by a wide margin. I've enjoyed their lager many times now, but this was the first time I picked up a case of the dark ale.

Pours an attractive ruby-amber colour, completely translucent, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white head that quickly dissolves into a thin cap and collar. The aroma is subdued, with no particularly distinguishing features catching my attention - caramel, maybe a hint of nuts and coffee/cream, with some earthiness from the hops. Appropriate enough for the style, but far from a memorable scent.

The flavour doesn't stray far from this 'to-style, but pedestrian' theme. There are some toasted, grainy malt flavours, with a light caramel sweetness, and the finish is a mixture of earthy, leafy dryness and a weird vegetal flavour that clashes with the rest of the profile. Pretty thin-bodied and watery, with carbonation levels comparable to most macro ambers. Although uninspired, the flavours are still well-balanced so this would make for a reasonably good, cheap session beer.

Final Grade: 3.25, an acceptable C+. Judging it solely on style, Upper Canada's Dark Ale isn't especially great, and frankly it really doesn't compare to most OCB browns in terms of quality. That being said - it isn't trying to be a premium craft beer. It's a value brand priced the same as their lager, and as far as cheap ambers/browns go, you are probably not going to find a brew of this quality for this price anywhere else in Ontario. Consider this worth a try if you're looking for something simple and affordable to drink socially, but aren't really in the mood for a pale lager. I'm sure I'll return to this at some point for that very reason.

thehyperduck, Dec 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

wizo, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight corn/rice. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, decent body, and good blend.

Tone, Oct 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Ralphs66, Aug 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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DavidGross, Jun 30, 2012
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traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TheBeerGuy101
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep ruby brown. Roasted chestnut<----

Very little lacing.

It's bold in taste ( very hoppy ) but it does have some toffee, coffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate and malt on the nose.

Its easy to drink, soft on the palate and does have a good malt content!
Semi Sweet / Semi Bitter... ( Although, some may argue that! )
The finish is slight fruit and floral towards a hops touch.

Its a decent ale and one that that is easy to drink a few of!

For a premium turned discount, this one stands a slight touch above average for a dark ale.

TheBeerGuy101, Mar 24, 2012
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Dark Ale from Upper Canada Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.