Dark 266 - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-05-2006

Cameron’s Dark 266 is a rare breed of beer that was originally brewed as a one-off draught for one of our specialty beer bars. The demand for an encore was so persistent that that we had to bottle it and share it with everyone. Specialty imported hops and dark malts result in a chestnut coloured lager with a wonderful lacy head. Taste the deliciousness of a North American Lager with the complexity of a German Schwarzbier.
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a mixed four pack. I vaguely remember having this on tap a few years back, so it's certainly been a while.

Poured into a conical pint glass. Dark indeed, but held to the light and a soft chestnut hue overtakes the brew. The pour leaves an off-white head that displays good retention and some sticky lacing. Not bad at all.

Nose is grain (a distinct scent that I always associate with Camerons), caramel, fruit, dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

Not bad to the taste. This is a decent dark lager that's easy to drink. That same grainy flavor, coupled with a mild roasted character and breadiness. The whole thing feels thin, though, not a robust brew by any stretch. Pushing English mild brown territory. Same with the mouthfeel - thin carbonation, thin bodied.

Certainly worth a try, as this is by no means a bad effort (indeed, as I can see from my review, "not bad" as a descriptor keeps coming up) - it just needs some work to stand out among the other efforts featured in this dark ale heavy province.

Photo of Swedes21
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - nice dark amber colour pouring beer. there is about 2 fingers of head that quickly disappear. The beer has a slight amount of carbonation.

Smell - I can smell chocolate and coffee undertones to this beer.

Taste - I found the first taste was coffee then not much after that, i was expecting more of a chocolate presents. The after taste isn't too bitter, actually i did not find much of one.

Mouthfeel - Slight amount of carbonation adds to the taste. I found the chocolate actually came through a bit. There was a bit more of an aftertaste, but nothing that has a wow factor.

Drinkability - I found this to be a very blah beer in the end, there was a bit of a higher expectations. In the end, i would not go after this beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 20oz pint at my hotel bar in downtown Toronto, before a nice anniversary dinner with my better half.

This beer appears a clear, very dark brown colour, with prominent mahogany tints, and one finger of tightly foamy, bubbly, and soapy beige head, which leaves some decent melting iceberg lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of mild roasted biscuity caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, some plain mid-day, lightly milked coffee, an apple and orange orchard fruitiness, and rather understated earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted bready malt, a muted caramel sweetness, breakfast toast, southern biscuits, and softly acrid fruity, herbal hops.

The carbonation is moderate, the body medium in weight and plainly smooth, with a pithy, almost, but not quite, milky sourness. It finishes somewhat sweet and malty, with an increasing musty dryness.

A standard Canadian micro-brewed dark ale, with maybe a bit more complexity than is the norm, but still nothing to get all that excited about - now, on to the more vaunted wine pairing(s) for the evening - bring it on, Reds.

Photo of mintjellie
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown colour; ruby highlights show when held to light. Topped by two fingers of tan head. Fair retention and good lace. Mute aroma - toasted bread and light coffee notes, a hint of burnt sugar. Pleasant but quite weak. Malt forward, burnt toast and black coffee flavour, lightly sweet; finishes clean aside from some light char that lingers in the back of the mouth. Light-bodied with low carbonation. Thin, but not quite watery. A little slight on character, but what's there tastes decent.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first of the Cameron's 4 pack sampler graciously given to me by the brewery.

A deep mahogany body with caramel ruby glances in the light rests below the mocha head. Some good retention here, as one would expect of the style.

The nose is of chocolate, slightly fruity grape esters. Sour tones of apple mix with mild coffee bean scents.

Flavours of cocoa and caramel are balanced by some minimal hopping. Everything is very clean and crisp while still having a good malt base of flavor.

The body is smooth on the tongue if somewhat watery.
A decent dark lager that would make a good summer quencher.

Photo of Stocean1
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a one finger head that immediately subsided to a thin tan line - colour of dark coffee with a hint of chestnut - thin patchy lacing

S - dark malt and fruit - some coffee - perhaps some dark rye bread

T - malt, coffee, a cloying sweetness, bitterness on the sides of the tongue which lingered for 5 minutes after I finished the glass, something beneath the surface (perhaps the water) that I can not quite put my finger on = some good and bad aspects to this one

M - thin, decent carbonation, a little off in the bitterness, light to medium body

O - a drinkable brew that is not quite balanced - could be I do not like the style which I have only tried once before with a similar result

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of molasses malt is quite overpowering. Taste of molasses malt are also overly present in this beer and it’s not something that I generally look for. Hops are pretty much non-existent and body is just above average. I’d say this is generally quite boring…

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.44/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Unibroue tulip

A - Poured a dark brown colour with a very slight amount of translucency. A slight amber glow when held up to the light. A small amount of white head formed on top that quickly dissipated.

S - Some light roasted malt notes and a very slight bitter hop nose. Not a strong nose at all - nothing really pops out.

T - Very mild/subdued palate, just like the nose indicated. A very light malt taste with no discernible roasted malt or hop flavour. Somewhat bland and flat.

D - Very disappointing beer. It was bland and almost completely lacked flavour for me. After seeing the dark brown pour in to my glass I had higher expectations and this missed those expectations without a doubt. Won't be buying this again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear dark brown colour with a large frothy/fizzy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some nice spider web lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - toasted nuts, malts, breads/grains, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is actually quite a bit of carbonation, lots of bubbles on the tongue, at first the beer tastes slightly metallic. It might benefit from a decrease of carbonation, but it is still decent. I can taste lots of malts, and also a lot of bread/grain flavour. It also has some molasses notes and a toasted/roasted flavour. It finishes with a slightly bitter chocolate/malt after taste.

Drink - A nice drinkable beer. Would be pretty decent as a session beer for the dark beer fans. I'm interested in trying the other variety's in Cameron's lineup.

Photo of FRANKIE65
4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this one only rates a 3.2. I LOVED it.
The only knock I have is the lack of head retention.
Smell is nutty, porter/stout like.
As for taste/mouthfeel...that nuttiness, comes through, and is brilliant.
At 4.5 ABV this would be my session beer of choice, IF ONLY, it was available at local liquor stores in something other than a "mixed pack".

Photo of SebD
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice almost black color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, grains, dark fruit and light chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, grains, dark fruit and chocolate but it's very mild.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a somewhat watery and thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a sampler pack of four (packaged on Nov. 8th, 2011). I've had trouble generating heads when I pour this style of beer, so I basically dumped it into the pint glass this time, revealing a deep chestnut brown-coloured brew that is not quite dark enough to be opaque. There are ruby-red highlights under the light.

At first the beige-coloured, two-finger head is creamy and luxurious, but its retention is still rather poor, and after a few minutes only a film on the surface remains. There is a thin creamy collar around the edge of the glass as well, which leaves streaks of lacing in its wake. The aroma is alright I guess, but kind of bland. Sweet caramel malts are pretty dominant, with some roasted coffee notes.

Decent taste with bready, lightly roasted malts, caramel and molasses being prominent. Hints of roasted coffee, or perhaps baker's chocolate. Roasted malts and bitter coffee meet in the finish, which is brief... this is a fairly clean brew without much aftertaste. Thin-bodied with mild carbonation, but as far as drinkability goes, it is as high as any pale lager's.

Smooth, mild and easy to throw back, this is a serviceable, fairly enjoyable example of a beer style that I often find either bland or cloying. Potentially very sessionable if you are in the mood for something dark, but not complex enough to satisfy serious beer geeks... I could definitely see myself getting this again if I found it on-tap somewhere.

Photo of terryeckmeier
2.54/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I was going to get this nice beefy dark styled beer but was left thinking where is the umpff. All in all very drinkable and would be a great dark beer for someone who doesn't drink a whole lot of beer especially dark. Although the colour is nice don't let it fool you. All in all a decent beer but I was hoping for a nice dark roasted malt, bitter finish. Well I guess I will just have to try all the Cameron's beers to find one I like.

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a conical pint glass.

Generous, 3-finger tan head over an extremely dark, nearly opaque black-brown body. Had to hold it up to a window to see any sense of colour. Head settled in a minute or two to just a thin layer.

Scent is nice. Semi-sweet, slightly nutty aroma. Smells a bit like a porter, with the cocoa or coffee smells. As I progressed through the glass, the scent matured to something that made me imagine honey drizzled on nuts (good ones, like walnuts and pecans), and baking them.

Nice initial taste: semi-nutty flavour, with a slightly sweet bitterness. Unfortunately, some metallic aftertaste present in the first few sips, but this soon went away as I drank more.

Mouthfeel-wise, the carbonation seemed to remain present for at least a few minutes (which I like).

Overall, I like it. A good dark beer. I'd probably buy this again, to have as an option among other beers at a party.

Photo of Nickademus
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the box at the lcbo "Last box in stock" the storekeep immeditley told me with a wink.

Haven't had a lot from Camerons, as I usually don't purchase a beer by the 9 pack.

We talked about it for a bit, then I walked out with it with his reccomendation

Immediatley poured 3 bottles into a 1L glass stein.

Deep, deep dark amber brew with a big bubbly head that collapsed fairly quickly. Thin crispy one remains, mocha coloured and leaves minimal lacing.

under the nose is rather thin - chocolate malts, bit of hop in there - not too much under the nose. A bit of a woody aroma too - not sure where that comes from.

Taste's absolutley delicious in my opinion. Mostly malts, and oh so creamy! Here come the hops though - perhaps fuggles or willies in there -not too much, but there in perfect order. Ah! so creamy on the tongue and refreshing from the crisp tiny hop bite - Well done Camerons.

Not too too bad in price, about 2 bucks a bottle. So I don't know if i'll be picking this as a boxed sixer on a regular price - but that has got to be my only .5 flaw

This could make for a decent winter camping trip, where you might not be drinking too much beer, but want a dark malty one. Lots of other options of course, but this one is a keeper. Hey Camerons, tall boy's an option?

(which i know sounds absolutley ridiculous if they don't even have a canning line to begin with, but I know i'd purchase it on a regular basis in single tallboy format)

What a stirring reveiw that was huh?

I know

YAWN!

Photo of karait95
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown - amber color with low carbonation, the head is not to prominent and disappears somehow fast. Light body and no layer of bubbles remains on top.

S: Very nice coffee like aroma, result of the toasted malts and maybe there is some real coffee inside,

T: It is not bad but nothing to remember, some toasted malts can be sensed with little hops at the end the coffee is sensed.

M: Very light body and taste, the mouth feel is too simple all the goodness of the coffee like aroma and tasting is lost with the missing malts or other flavors.

Photo of funkengruven
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this morning from the brewery and this I found to be a pleasant surprise.

It pours a nice dark red, head is a little lacking but there's some lace on top. Smell is fresh, sweet, with some slightly roasty characteristics. Flavor is quite delicious, strong malt profile with hints of Maple and Brown Sugar. This goes down nice, smooth and easy.

I found this to be an excellent beer. Definitely will have again.

Photo of bryehn
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-brown, cola-like colour with a half inch or so of foamy tan head. Leaves some moderate lace and settles as a frothy collar.

The smell is fairly mild. Roasted malts with a chocolate or coffee tone and a light grainy tone. I also get a subtle dark fruit note like plum and a woody, maple syrup note comes through after warming a bit.

The taste is also fairly mild and quite similar to the aroma. Roasted malts and a dark chocolate or coffee tone. Bitter overall, with a syrupy sweetness for balance.

Crisp and tart on the tongue, low carbonation and comes off as watery. The finish has a strong oak tone, especially after warming.

Not bad but seems to be missing something, either punch or body I'm not sure. Saved it for last but probably my least favourite of the 4-pack sampler.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Revisiting this beer after a two year absence. Didn't rank it highly before but thought it was time to try it again.

Appearance - dary brown with ruby hues, only transparent when you hold it directly to the light. Nice sized one finger of tan head that lingers awhile. Some visible carbonation only at the edge of the glass.

Smell - dark and roasty, with a strong grainy aroma with just a bit of toasted malt. Pretty standard but enjoyable nose.

Taste - thin tasting with a bit of the grainy flavor and some toasty flavours. Just a hint of dark fruit in there. Maybe even a touch of vanilla. This is much better than I remember and pretty solid overall.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and quite refined despite being a little thin across the board. Decent carbonation.

Overall - a resounding success and quite an enjoyable beer and far superior to many a lager on the market.

Photo of andrenaline
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark ruby red, thin layer of head, little retention and no lacing

S - mild on the nose, slight chocolate and musty oats

T - again, rather mild with the chocolate and toasted bread. Oats and caramel notes longer alongside a hint of leafy greens

M - lighter bodied ale, tad prickly and finishes wet

O - tasty ale, glad to have tried it. Wish the LCBO was more consistent in town with getting the ocb mixers. An easy drinking dark ale.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow I can't believe this has such a low rating, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

It pours a nice thick dark with a tanned head that leaves some lacing.

Smells somewhat nutty and malty, some burnt grains also.

Smooth nutty/malty flavour with some caramel/chocolatey notes on the finish.

Overall a good dark lager?

Photo of MMansfield
1.51/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Brought back sample from the brewery.

Apperance: Pours a cola brown with a tanned cap. Settles to a tiny ring with next to no lace.

Aroma: Intensely fruity, almost like a cherry fruit rollup. Very sweet, no hop profile.

Taste: Infected yeast with a finish similar to stomach bile.

Mouthfeel: Thin, moderate carbonation.

Final Statement: No Comment.

Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FIRST OFF THIS IS NOT A BROWN ALE, IT IS A DUNKEL OR AMERICAN DARK LAGER!
( I had to make this clear because this is what is stated on the label and is self apparent in the taste...but god knows when the correction will show up on BA)

Bottle:

Pours a dark chestnut-cola color...lightly hazed..decent sticky tan colored cap lasts and laces the glass.

Aromas of mocha, cocoa, toffee, dark toast a light blush of wet hay and earthiness.

Big dose of caramel and toasted malts in the front leave a burnt toffee on toast discernment...midway there is a wee bit of complexity with some nuts and earth tones added to the sweet roast character. Finishes slowly as the metallic and burnt husk astringency tastes slowly take over...aftertaste is lightly charred bitter with some caramel.

Ample Malt backbone, sturdy body, creamy mouth feel, roasty-earthy character.

Certainly a well crafted Canadian dunkel with a unique character which I enjoy. smooth, flavorful, satisfying. Certainly this brewer’s best offering and the second best dunkel on the Ontario market...hope they make this a mainstay brand.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark, almost black colour. When held up to the light, the beer appears to be a very, very dark blood red colour. Poured with two fingers of off-white/light brown head which dissipated extremely quickly, with very little lacing left behind.

Smell - Toasted malts dominate. There's also notes of coffee, with some faint hints of caramel/toffee.

Taste - Toasty malts up front, just like the nose. Again, following the nose is come light coffee flavour which lingers towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, and quite creamy. Carbonation is high - maybe not for a lager though. I'm just not use to beers this dark being that carbonated probably. Regardless, it makes for a crisp and fairly satisfying finish.

Overall - 3.75/5

Photo of kwjd
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown, but not quite opaque, colour with light tan head. Some spotty lacing down the glass. I can smell some hops with the dark chocolate malt. Flavour has a mild bitterness, but it wasn't too much to overpower the sweetness of the beer. Quite sweet overall, maybe a bit too much. Body is a little bit thin, but carbonation was nice. Easy to drink and have pitchers of, but not something to seek out.

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Dark 266 from Cameron's Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.