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Dark Ale - Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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43 Ratings
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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)
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Reviews by mothman:
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.8/5  rDev +18.4%

Had this at a club in Winnipeg, just asked for a dark beer and this is what I got.

I drank it out of the bottle, because it was a club and didn't want to spill any of it and it just seemed easier at the time.

Smell is very malty with grassy hops. Also chocolate. Taste is of dark malts, grassy hops, carmel, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is kind of bitter, gets a little smoother eventually. Slight dry aftertaste and well carbonated.

Too me, this was a great beer at the type of establishment I was at. It was really hard to review with all the surroundings, but I think I picked out some of its traits.

02-16-2009 00:51:27 | More by mothman
More User Reviews:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-23-2012 22:19:07 | More by beerhunter13
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5%

For some reason, this is the only micro-brew available at my favorite local pizzeria...

This beer pours a deep dark brown, with light playing off the sides, and a lot of light tan head. It smells of nutty sweet malt. The taste is also nutty and malty, kind of grainy, with a smidgen of floral hops. The body is kind of thin, and there's too much carbonation, which brings the drinkability down a fair bit. Overall, a decent, if kind of plain offering.

02-01-2009 06:16:25 | More by biboergosum
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

No lingering bitter aftertaste

Head dissipates quickly
Weak flavor
Too thin

08-16-2014 01:21:38 | More by Rempeba
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -13.4%

A baby step stout. Very mild and light. Kicked-up carbonation on tap, which worked against it. Soapy glass so couldn't get any aroma. Bit of malt and foam, a beer aimed I think to get people to try more craft beers, so some points over national brand.

06-16-2004 13:18:56 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-07-2012 23:51:08 | More by MalcolmJames
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

11-05-2013 00:31:13 | More by jcubz
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Alberta (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -23.7%

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

09-22-2011 01:39:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +5.9%

A straightforward, unpretentious beer from a straightforward, unpretentious town like Winnipeg.

This one poured nice and dark from the bottle with a frothy, one-finger head. Not much retention on the head: it quickly dwindled to a ring and left very little lacing on my pint glass.

There was an appetizing, sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel that delivered more of the same in an extremely satisfying first sip. The finish, though, was unexpected and a little unpleasant at first — kind of a sour, yeast-y taste.

As I kept drinking, the sour aftertaste wasn't as prominent and was replaced with a cleaner (blander?) finish. This is a very drinkable beer, though it seems to be lacking complexity. A few reviewers have extolled its virtues on tap — I'll have to give it a try next time I'm in the 'Peg.

02-17-2006 17:23:16 | More by vanrassel
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Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -30.5%

Bottle: Poured a light brown beer with very low carbonation and therefore almost no head. Aroma is quite weak with almost no discernable malt. Taste is light and somewhat refreshing with some note of sweetness and malt. Overall, this is a beer that lack character and complexity and therefore is very average.

05-25-2004 14:28:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 341 ml brown bottle from a 6 pack. A decent looking clear cola hued body, I managed to get a fair sized tan head before a quick recession to a thin ring. On the aroma is toasted malt, thin caramel, some metallic grains, all pretty weak in potency however. The flavour is similar on all counts, toasted caramel malts, metallic grain in the middle, with slight herbal hoppiness on the finish, and very, very watered down. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit abrasive with the carbonation, not the friendliest texture for a dark ale. Not a very appealing offering from Fort Garry.

09-27-2004 23:19:12 | More by IronDjinn
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2/5  rDev -37.7%

12-17-2011 20:58:18 | More by pioneer13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

11-03-2013 14:29:12 | More by DamageCase76
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +10%

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.

07-31-2011 03:23:49 | More by CrazyMike
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2.8/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

12-19-2011 21:55:18 | More by crossovert
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

07-14-2014 20:45:27 | More by SimonHamm
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -11.2%

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, and cola-like in appearance. Beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edges.

Aroma is pretty much straight ahead malts with hints of caramel. Nothing offensive, but it just seems pretty plain though.

Taste is toasted malts throughout with a little caramel in the middle and a bit of a metallic twang and burnt undertone at the finish. Basically no aftertaste to speak of. Just seems to be missing something here. Very plain and tame.

Light-medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

There really isn't anything here to draw you in. Plain and blah. This reminds me of a brown ale (would probably fit that category better than the Amber/Red Ale) that has been watered down. Just seems to be lacking a little in every category from being a good beer. That said, there's nothing really bad or wrong with it, but it's probably one that I won't be re-visiting often.

02-03-2006 04:02:22 | More by Noxious26
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-14-2012 20:06:14 | More by Litrecola
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-18-2014 02:32:12 | More by arrech
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%

The third selection from their mixer pack.

A - Pours dark ruby red in colour with a solid thumb of head which dissipates at the same speed which it developed. No lacing present.

S - The scent on this one was rather metallic, but once you get past that there's some sweet chocolate malts and a bit of molasses coming through.

T - Little bit of toffee, some chocolate malts and coffee. Overall the flavour is a little on the bland side.

M - Much like the other selections I've had, this one is a little overly carbonated for my liking. That being said, it is rather refreshing, not nearly as dry as the others I've had, and it finishes smooth.

D - Overall, this is the best beer I've had by Fort Garry so far, but the others were pretty forgettable. I think this one has the potential to be better if they stepped up the flavours a bit, but it came off a little bland. I wouldn't be embarassed to offer this to someone, but I would probably preface it by stating that it's 'just average'.

07-01-2010 17:04:20 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-20-2014 03:21:01 | More by Howlader
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-11-2014 03:07:14 | More by DerekM
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Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%

walked by this brand for months now so maybe time to give it a try.

very dark brown, held it up to light and the light had a hard time with it. nice, tan 2.5 fingered head that disappated fairly quickly, but then this beer sat in my fridge all weekend too.

couldn't pull much aroma other than some roasted malts.

some mild hop kick in the front, I really didn't find any roasted malts until late. These were fairly low key.

a bit thin bodied, nothing special-nothing obnoxious either

goes down pretty well, makes a nice change if one is in the mood for something other than a lager.

04-10-2007 02:02:23 | More by Shadman
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

11-29-2012 23:52:44 | More by shagal
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3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

Had this one again recently and was much more impressed this time out. Clear, dark brown with chestnut highlights, but little head off a fairly hard pour. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee and roasted barley. Mild bitterness with some caramel and molasses. Medium/light bodied with average carbonation and a decent mouthfeel. Pretty good, fairly solid. Thanks Zithal!

01-27-2007 03:10:01 | More by DrJay
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Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
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