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Dark Ale - Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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Dark AleDark Ale

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: AudioGilz on 03-21-2003

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No lingering bitter aftertaste

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3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
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

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Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.