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Dark Ale - Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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Dark AleDark Ale

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 28
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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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 28
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3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite FGB offering. It looks nice - reminiscent of root beer. The aroma is malt, with a hint of milk chocolate. It has a very solid flavor- roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a mild hop finish. Overall, a very solid ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Not bad.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rempeba
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

No lingering bitter aftertaste

Head dissipates quickly
Weak flavor
Too thin

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of arrech
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SimonHamm
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DerekM
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Litrecola
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MalcolmJames
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of biegaman
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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4.75/5  rDev +48%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of crossovert
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.