1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Ale - Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

Not Rated.
Dark AleDark Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AudioGilz on 03-21-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rempeba
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Positive:
No lingering bitter aftertaste

Negative:
Head dissipates quickly
Weak flavor
Too thin

Rempeba, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of arrech
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

arrech, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of SimonHamm
3.5/5  rDev +9%

SimonHamm, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of DerekM
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DerekM, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

jcubz, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +9%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of dalehihn
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

dalehihn, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of MylesMac
3.5/5  rDev +9%

MylesMac, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of shagal
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

shagal, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Litrecola
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Litrecola, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of MalcolmJames
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

MalcolmJames, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fort Garry Dark Ale looks like it's been put through the toaster... for a few minutes too long. It has a sooty, burnt complexion despite maintaining a chestnut brown colour, healthy shimmer and clarity (the latter two only in some places, mind you). Its off-white foam sits atop the surface like a doily. Damn fine lookin'!

As well as a raisin- or hazelnut-tinged maltiness, the aroma also gives off a whiff of root beer. It is somewhat earthy but not overly aromatic, which is perhaps just as well because the corn syrup-esque scent of malt extract comes on strong as the beer loses its chill; it's not a deal breaker, but it's enough to question the quality of the ingredients.

All the pleasantly nutty, lightly chocolate-y flavours aside, this beer just isn't cutting it for me. It bears repeating that the flavour is fine. The problem is not how the beer tastes - fermentation provided a lovely plum fruitiness - it's how it drinks: this resembles less a pint to deliberate over at the pub than it does a lager to swill back at the beach.

For one, the malt extract noted in the aroma is all too real; the beer has a borderline saccharine texture with cola-like aftertaste. There is no fullness in the mouth what so ever; no vivid sense of roast or chocolate or grainy toasted malt. Sips are paper thin. Secondly, it has these pointy little bubbles that prick the back of the throat like pin-tacks.

Fort Garry Dark Ale's one shortfall is a lifeless and unconvincing mouthfeel; whether that relates to shoddy ingredients, not enough ingredients, or a flaw in the recipe I can't say. What I do know is that a style this mild and delicate must highlight a bountiful, all-natural maltiness if it is to work. And this, unfortunately, did not do so.

biegaman, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Dayna
4.75/5  rDev +48%

Dayna, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

beerhunter13, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Daniellobo, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -6.5%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of crossovert
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can.

It pours a bubbly brown with a fizzy cola-like head.

The smell is nice, some dark fruit, nuts, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of cherry.

The flavor is okay. It is sweet with a full graininess. It is like drinking dark bread. There is a slight hint of smokiness and I don't know if it is an off-flavor. There is a nit of tartness.

This isn't that amazing of a beer.

crossovert, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of pioneer13
2/5  rDev -37.7%

pioneer13, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -6.5%

tbeckett, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear dark brown, short head quickly faded to a thin ring with a small island in the middle
S - strong sugary molasses dominates, some leafy and roasty notes
T - overly strong sugary syrup sweetness overpowers everything, seems artificial
M - sticky sweet, somewhat creamy with a syrupy finish
O - just too much on the sweetness to the point that it feels like syrup was added right before they but the cap on, it doesn't taste bad but just not enough beer flavour

joemcgrath27, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark brown apperance with decent amount of head that slowly disappears leaving some lace. Smell consists of caramel, malt and roasted nuts. Very sweet overall.

Taste consists of caramel, toffee, malt, roasted nuts and a hint of grain and floral hops. Suprisingly the taste is very light overall. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry with a lingering caramel taste.

This is an interesting beer, tastes similar to English ales. Refreshing and inoffensive, but kind of unbalanced taste wise. Worth a try in the summer.

CrazyMike, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark amber color, with very little head. The smell was weak, but a bit sweet from the carmel. The taste was rather complex, initally a watery taste, but then it finishes with a bit of a coffee flavor, and hint of choclate. The flavor could have been much stronger. Overall a beer that is decent, and could be much better with a stronger flavor.

vette2006c5r, May 28, 2011
Photo of marty21
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Settles to a bit of a ring around the glass but doesn't leave any lacing.

S: A little caramel but just a small malty aroma.

T: Caramel and malt. It's not a very strong taste but it's not bad.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: I hardly ever drink Fort Garry but when you're stuck at a restaurant with not many choices this isn't a bad choice to have with your meal. The only other time I'll drink this is at Winnipeg Goldeyes games.

marty21, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer glass. I used to drink it in my youth because it was fully flavoured by 1996 Winnipeg standards and was a local micro to boot too. I must admit though, I was figuring a=on this being a 2 across the board beer when I ordered it (as the bar had nothing else to offer)...

Pours viscous dark with no head, lacing or retention. A beer like this definitely should... Its aromas are muted, though there is some molasses in there. The taste though offers mild notes of chocolate, with molasses, light sweetness and nothing offensive (which I was expecting for some reason). Viscous mouthfeel, though perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Turns out it was a surprisingly decent beer...

kjyost, Oct 19, 2010
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.