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Muskoka Dark Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You won't find an English-style brown ale quite like Muskoka Dark. Its bold colour, yet remarkably easy-going taste gives it a personality as unique as the region it's from. Subtle undertones characteristic of its Dark Munich malt ease into hints of chocolate and caramel, making this gold-medal winning ale as inviting as it is distinct. Thirsty yet?

15 IBU

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2001)
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-15-2012 13:31:34 | More by oldp0rt
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ryan32

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-08-2012 00:47:03 | More by ryan32
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can.

Pours dark brown almost black with large frothy tan head. Nose is brown roasted malts, brown sugar, yeast. Taste is dark roasted malt bill, mild English style brown ale, light roast coffee. Drying mouthfeel, some bitterness medium bodied.
Overall a mild easy drinking brown that doesn't push boundaries. Decent try.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 00:03:41 | More by heebes
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can to pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black with 3 fingers of bubbly, light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts, a touch of cocoa and a slight bitterness.

T - Light roasted malt flavours, some dark caramel and a touch of coffee. Slight bitterness present throughout that is more present than the sweetness. The aftertaste is somewhat off-putting.

M - Light body, slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 01:03:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-18-2012 13:12:03 | More by kelvarnsen
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cracked this one open on a Friday night, finally relaxing...

Appearance: dark brown with a mocha head which fades very fast (poof!)

Aroma: big chocolate, light caramel, some cherries

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet, lacking body (feels thin) with minimal carbonation; getting more of a fruity malt character than chocolate indicated by scent; there is a bit of chocolate, but it turns bitter and somewhat tart

Overall: expected much better; doesn't really fit the dictated style , and the flavour get tired pretty fast

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 01:21:18 | More by BGDrock
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karait95

Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: the best characteristic of this beer, it is a dark brown beer with reddish hues, almost not translucent and with medium carbonation, head is big and dissipates not fast leaving some traces behind on the glass.

S: very faint toasted malts aroma nothing to remember .

T: almost the same as the smell, faint toasted malts flavor not much else.

M: sensations are little more intense, last ending with some bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:20:44 | More by karait95
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a ruby hue. Creamy and bubbly foam head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass.

S: Roasted malt (primarily dark chocolate with some dark coffee), caramel, licorice, and almonds.

T: Similar to aroma with roasted flavours coming through in the form of dark roasted coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Nuts, caramel, and a healthy amount of tangy bitter floral-like hops.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Pleasingly creamy and dry.

D: Quite a tasty brown ale that I would gladly drink again. Hats off to Muskoka Brewery for continuing to produce some quality products.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:42:12 | More by Digimaika2
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-09-2012 02:20:09 | More by ThinkAgain
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-16-2012 16:38:44 | More by irishkyle21
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant sweet, dark, British-styled ale.

Almost black in colour, it pours a very dark brown with beautiful red highlights. Pleasant level of carbonation results in a decent mouthfeel.

Aroma of both roasted and toasted dark malts is followed by a suitably complex but well-balanced malt-forward taste. Defined nut presence is understated, but there.

An excellent example of the style!

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 23:07:32 | More by hopsolutely
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with ruby edges. Two fingers of deliciously creamy beige head. Good rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Quite roasty with semi-sweet chocolate and a tad bit of coffee.

T - Roasty, dark malts, some cola.

M - Well carbonated, medium body with some creaminess and a sweet finish.

O/D - Pretty solid. Something I'd bring to a party and slug down, but nothing I'd admire for it's quality. Good.

Serving type: can

12-13-2011 00:35:55 | More by tbeckett
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-28-2011 07:02:28 | More by bigox420
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour a cola colour with ruby highlights, small light khaki head recedes to a thin cap.
Aroma's dominated by dark caramel malt producing aromas of toffee, nuts and coffee. Not overly complex but enjoyable.
Chocolate comes through in the taste, pairing with lightly roasted malt and coffee, leading to a lightly bitter finish.
Moderate body, feels slightly over-carbonated.
Decent English brown, not bad but will probably not revisit.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 05:17:21 | More by MattyV
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml can with the new branding. Best before Feb 3, 2012 - although I don't believe black ink on a black can is the best idea. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, clear with some burgundy and mahogany highlights. Capped by a nice tan head, modest retention and a bit of lacing. Nose has some light caramel, nuts, a hint of chocolate and a bit of roast as well. Simple and effective for a brown. Taste has some roast, chocolate, subtler caramel sweetness. A bit metallic, a bit earthy and a touch harsh in the finish. Roast in the finish. Lighter medium body and easy drinkability, although not the most flavourful - a touch lackluster.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 23:59:25 | More by liamt07
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can, no freshness date. Aroma is slightly nutty with a touch of caramel and mild malt sweetness, slight roast. Taste has a bit of a yoo-hoo quality to it (in a really good way, I love yoo-hoo). Slight chocolate, light roasted character, mild sweetness from malt. Actually a very easy to drink and flavorful brown. Nicely done.

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 07:04:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a fairly pitch dark colour. probably just the way the server poured it but there wasn't much head.

smell was nice, mostly a coffee aroma with a bit of chocolate.

taste was similar - chocolate, and coffee/roasted beans. malt was also noticeable which was nice. .

overall pretty enjoyable brown ale, good carbonation and drinkability - really liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 04:24:52 | More by fostachild
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasty/chocolaty feel to it with some coffee notes and a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweetness to it.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 01:36:17 | More by SebD
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a half finger head - big bubbles - impenetrable black coffee colour

S - chocolatey, malt, hint of vanilla

T - some light chocolate and molasses notes - a little biscuity, coffee in the end, wisp of vanilla

M - light body with high carbonation - a little creamy and slightly bitter on the middle of the tongue

O - very drinkable - not the head of the class but not half bad either - it has the makings of a top notch beer with some tweaking (i.e. bolder smell and taste - it is a little subdued)

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 10:12:08 | More by Stocean1
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also a fair amount of grain taste mixed with a bit of a smokiness. The beer finishes with a roasted malt and chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – Not sure I’d buy it again but it was pretty drinkable. With a little work this could be a really good beer. It’s a decent effort.

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 19:49:14 | More by spinrsx
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KingHefey

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can at a local restaurant. A pleasant surprise opposed to the usual in house beers.

A: dark walnut appearance with one finger of head from the can. Great lace on the Muskoka pint glass as it went down the hatch.

S: chocolate and hazelnut with hint of vanilla at first and then the coffee fills your nose.

T: Malty dark chocolate with a nice hazelnut presence. Very biscuity. Then the subtle fruitiness kicked in with mostly raisins. Meanwhile, the coffee has never subdued.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with the slight carbonation and presence of hops that can be felt on the back of your tongue.

D: Bring it on! A very satisfying glass of beer. I always seem to walk right by the Muskoka line of beers, but not any more.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 22:00:09 | More by KingHefey
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark is right, I've seen stouts that aren't this dark as I can't see signs of carbonation in the body. Slight notes of ruby brown can be seen when the beer is held up against the light. Poured with a solid two fingers of head that produces decent lacing although seems to have a some slight issues with retention.

Smell: It has a bit of a woodsy smell in the background, which I can't say I mind. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with nice nuances of Hazelnuts and smoky malt. It does need a bit of warming to come out, but it's very nice regardless.

Taste: Ample smoky malt begins our journey through the woods as we find robust hazel and walnuts upon the path. As we continue towards the heart of the forest we strangely find coffee bushes which lead into a slightly peaty hop vines the bid us adieu.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth transitioning on this one a well served by the carbonation which sadly goes a bit flat around the 2/3 complete mark. The aftertaste is a pleasant and nicely muted nutty malt.

Drinkability: All in all pretty good. Being so dark you'd think it would be a bit heavier but it's a nice medium body. It's decently refreshing although I wouldn't have it for summer guzzling. Certainly a great early spring or late fall beer.

Final Thoughts: I found this offering to be quite good and nice all around. I don't normally find nutty beers as appealing as sweeter malt options in this style but this one pulled it off quite well. If you get stuck up in cottage country on a cold May 24, this will certainly warm you up.

Serving type: can

12-26-2010 19:14:49 | More by TheHammer
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-brown colour with white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Only hints of lacing on the glass. Smells nutty, some mild chocolate and hops with some toasted malt. Flavour is fairly sweet, though subtle. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall just an average brown ale, but nice enough that I'll have this from time to time.

Serving type: can

12-22-2010 04:53:12 | More by kwjd
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, a bit of brown away from the light, darker than I expected, thin fizzy tan head forms and quickly fizzes down to a very thin ring, no lacing.

Smell is interesting, a bit of grainy malts, some biscuit, caramel, a touch of nuttiness, lightly roasty with a bit of chocolate, almost a woody/citrusy thing going on that feels a bit out of place.

Taste is a letdown, lightly malty, some sweetness, a bit of caramel, nutty, some biscuit, raisin, a touch of dark fruit, almost a lemony/orange kind of acidity, bland.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, a bit flat and thin. Watery and bland, not very good.

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 20:44:19 | More by Viggo
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

More BlackBerry tasting notes...

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red conlour, finger of off-white head, some retention and some slight lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by chocolate and espresso. Quite nice.

T - Much like the scent with chocolate and espresso with a bit of a black licorice finish. Rather unique and a pleasant surprise.

M - A little on the dry side but still pretty appetizing. Could drink this regulary, no problem.

D - I really enjoyed this offering. Had some tasty and unique flavours. The dryness was a bit of a turn-off, but the other aspects of it helped to enhance the experience.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 04:01:41 | More by andrenaline
Muskoka Dark Ale from Muskoka Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.