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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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Photo of traumaqueen

2/5  rDev -38.8%

04-03-2012 04:59:40 | More by traumaqueen
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -28.1%

chestnut brown with some initial creamy head. Skanky smell. Carbonation in place of haps, bothering the mouth. Some malt, a trace of fruit, and a mid-sip hint of toffee and chocolate. Bitterness bite. Better than warm water at the end of a summer day.

05-19-2004 23:05:00 | More by Sammy
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -21.1%

When it came to my table there was no head at all, just a rim of foam around the glass - probably bartenders fault. It was dark brown colour and had a bit of toffee in the aroma. It tasted ok, actually pretty good for this style of beer. Not a great aftertaste and I wouldnt be drinking more than a couple of these.

01-25-2003 19:15:00 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -18%

Pours red-brown with a moderate head that quickly goes away. Hardly any lace.

Sweet smelling. Subtle malt and hops, nothing that leaps out at you.

Quite light bodied. Sweet, some malt, some hops, but light tasting, again nothing that distingusihes itself.

Rather plain.

10-01-2003 21:28:57 | More by TerryW
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Not the best product from Upper Canada Brewing Company but I may be bias as this is far from my style.......pours a medium dark amber with a slight tan head......medium body and no aroma to speak of....flavour starts as bitter but sweetens in short time.....

01-12-2003 16:12:46 | More by Shiloh
Photo of s4s


2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

07-09-2014 20:56:50 | More by s4s
Photo of MTNboy


2.8/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance: Nothing out of the usual. Dark a little lace not much for a head.

Smell: Slightly beany with a stale and musty odor.

Taste: There is a roasted malt flavor, and slightly bitter sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied.

Drinkability: pretty average there is nothing to write home about.

12-15-2007 02:50:03 | More by MTNboy
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.85/5  rDev -12.8%

Originally reviewed February 19, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Nice earthen pour. Thin white head, with poor lacing. Malty, lacking hops. Caramel and apple pie tones, backed with a very faint floral. Not overly watery, sustains decently on the palate. Generally weak.

07-23-2006 15:07:22 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

Purchased at Fort Henry. Glad they had something that wasn't Molson nor Labatt. Bartender poured it poorly. Wish I could have poured it myself, so as too get the proper head. When disturbed, a light film floated up and quickly disipated. A pale brown, almost muddy water colour. Malty smell. Very sweet, with faint hops. Not well balanced. Powerful malt and caramel flavour. Extremely sweet, dark beer. The caramel left a sticky mouthfeel. But, it was a good, thirst quenching beer. Which was what I needed.

06-28-2003 17:19:24 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of matt7215

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%

341 ml bottle form the beer store

dark brown with a tan head that never goes away

aroma of light roasted malts, some caramel and coffee notes but pretty minimal

flavours are slight and thin but not off style

pretty boring overall but certainly not bad

i could drink this if nothing better was around

12-18-2008 17:01:27 | More by matt7215
Photo of ramrod666


2.98/5  rDev -8.9%

upper canada dark ale pours a nice amber with a nice lacey head in a 24 oz. glass. smell is ok. kinda sweet wiht some adjuncts, corn. taste was not bad but, nothing really stood out. mouthfeel was thin and watery. lightly carbonated. drank quite a few because the price was nice. 4.50 cdn a draft, a big draft. that went down pretty good on a uncharacteristicly hot canadian day.

08-27-2004 00:51:28 | More by ramrod666
Photo of Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.3%

03-09-2014 13:07:27 | More by Pmicdee
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.3%

No date code on the plainish brown bottle.. some information in the back label about the ingredients.

Poured a beautiful red-mahogany color with a smalish tan head...not much carbonation. I couldn't believe that there was so little definitive or distinct aroma....slight hops and sweetish malt odors...nothing really striking. This beer defies taste description as it has so many flavors sweet malt, hop bitters, slightly sour yeasty finish. A very good representation of this english dark ale style. This is not to my particular tastes but for those who like these ales this is a good enough one.

08-03-2003 20:24:48 | More by pootz
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-28-2011 02:09:51 | More by MattyV
Photo of jniagar1


3/5  rDev -8.3%

08-07-2012 14:36:37 | More by jniagar1
Photo of Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-10-2014 18:58:41 | More by Belittle
Photo of timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.3%

04-23-2013 20:15:54 | More by timiskin
Photo of DLS168


3/5  rDev -8.3%

05-02-2013 02:30:07 | More by DLS168
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.3%

02-14-2013 12:19:18 | More by DaPan
Photo of TheBeerGuy101

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

03-24-2012 03:30:01 | More by TheBeerGuy101
Photo of Treebrews

New York

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Had this in a bottle, small, carmel head, with little to no lacing. The smell is chocolaty, somewhat sweet. Not overal impressed with this beer, the taste is average with again chocolate, and almost honey tasting. i see that everyone views this differently from average to pretty decent, but in my opinion, nothing special. have to remember it's a ale,and not a darker beer though.

12-14-2006 03:58:29 | More by Treebrews
Photo of canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%

--Plain brown bottle, no freshness date to be found.
--Poured a thin muddy water like in color. Head started out nice, then lowered to a slim head. There was some slight lacing.
--Smelled sweet and malty, almost like a chocolate.

Not too bad. It had a fairly sweet taste to it. I was a good attempt at a dark ale, almost a little thinner than I expected, but I didn't mind, as I am not a huge dark ale fan. Overall I would drink this one again.

09-23-2003 20:45:19 | More by canadianbarman
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

08-21-2012 23:28:41 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

09-28-2013 17:25:38 | More by ThinkAgain
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

12-24-2012 21:27:32 | More by thehyperduck
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Dark Ale from Upper Canada Brewing Company
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