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Stone Hammer Dark Ale - F&M Brewery

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Stone Hammer Dark AleStone Hammer Dark Ale

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrJay on 10-09-2004

A sensationally easy drinking amber brown beer with considerable depth given its mild manner. The aroma hints at caramel and cocoa. It is smooth and lightly carbonated leaning towards nuts, lightly caramel and a hint of mocha.
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I could drink this and look at its dark colour, and it is somewhat rich in chocolate malts and caramel. Bit of roast.. But sourdough mid sip?Medium mouthfeel. On tap at Bow and Arrow BarTowel night, suitable understated carbonation. Unique and worth points.

Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stonehammer Dark Ale looks like liquid brown sugar. It does have bright filaments that form in the light, however, and make me think more of maple syrup. Either way, my sweet-tooth has perked up. Its complexion could use a bit of a polish but its clarity is absolutely flawless. Its head deflated quickly and left the surface (and the glass) virtually bare.

This is the kind of smell that I imagine steeped the brewhouses of nineteenth century England. The toastiness of these malts has a kind of mustiness that is sweet but faintly sooty like the draft that flows out from the fireplace. There's something about these brown malts (and the much faded hoppy earthiness) that smells somehow antiquated.

A good mild will never taste mild. It may be mild in alcohol content, and hence the name, but as a whole this is a style that is typically packed with great flavours. Toasty, grainy breads, smothered in nutty sweetness and earthy hoppiness. It has a kind of sooty, negligibly roasty element like that of a dark cocoa that was made with mineral-rich water.

The ale yeast disguises surprisingly little of the malt's nutty, toasty sweetness; fruity esters are relatively few and far between for the style. While purists will argue that its 5% alcohol content disqualifies it as a "session" candidate, I really don't know how much more "sessionable" - in the sense that I would *want* to drink it all night - a beer could get.

If it is impossible to transplant the charm, character and conviviality of the traditional English countryside pub to North America, at least we can enjoy the flavour of a good dark mild ale that brings back images of such a place. I feel most fortunate to have a brewery offer such a thing so close to home. I'll be sure to thank them with many repeat purchases.

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from an OCB mixpack, Christmas gift from the girlfriend's mom. 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Poured dark red/mahogany with some deep orange hues. Filtered, with a cream coloured, foamy head. Dense lace, good retention. Quite a nice nose (if this really is an English Mild), some chocolate, toasty dark breads, some grains and a bit of sweetness. Maybe a bit of diacetyl. Taste has a bit more of the diacetyl butter, nuts, toasty grains, less chocolate, and a bit of roast in the finish. Light fruitiness. More graininess in the finish, slight bitterness too. Medium mouthfeel, and a sorta low carbonation. A pleasant beer, nothing I'd seek out regularly, but solid in its own right.

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The overall character of the cask version is very similar to on-tap. Quite clear with a nice chestnut brown colour. Good head retention. Malt is much more prominent with even less contribution from the hops. Toffee and caramel with a bit of chocolate. The low carbonation seemed to emphasize lightness in the body. Quite drinkable and good for a session brew.

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at C'est What?

A: Amber brown, off-white head, not much retention but it leaves a little lace.

S: Fruity (dark fruit, bubble gum from the Brit. yeast); bready; with a little caramel sweetness, nut & spice.

T: Very pleasant fruityness from the British yeast as well as hops (which are now all Fuggles). Quality bready malt, with a little nut, caramel & earthyness. Mild bitterness.

M: Silky smooth, modest carbonation on cask.

D: Hell yeah!

Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the cask version, dry hopped. Pours a slightly hazed brown/red, small off white head forms, nice lacing. Smell is spicy floral, caramel, chocolate, slightly nutty and grainy, some roast in the finish. Taste is chocolate and nuts, citrus and floral in the finish, some roast. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, nice and smooth. Not bad, little bit different from the normal version, nice to try.

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Brown colour with a large size frothy beige/off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some grains. There is also quite a bit of farm like flavours.. hay, straw, grass.. not unlike some of the beers from Beau's. It ends with a malty light chocolate aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Overall – There are some interesting flavours going on here. It's not really how I like my beers to taste but I can appreciate the fact that it is at least interesting. Give it a try if you happen to see it.

Photo of andrenaline
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown colour with an amber hue, thin layer of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Dark cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of maple and a grainy finish.

T - Bitter leafy greens, nice cocoa undertones, hints of fruity notes, touch of alcohol sweetness and toasted nuts on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew, easy drinking and easily sessioned.

Photo of bobsy
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at C'est What? Deep amber colouration to the body with a small off-white head that left some decent lacing. Gives off a sweet, bready aroma, with lots of chocolate and a bit of spice and nut. Creamy, smooth taste with fruity malts and caramel overtones. Medium bodied, but perhaps a touch over-carbonated (I'd love to try this on cask). Pretty decent beer from F&M and a nice easy quaffer.

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep chestnut brown into my pint glass. Small off white cap thay went to a ring fairly soon but it did leave lace on the glass. Aroma was pleasant; sweet caramel malts over nutty-musty tones, some fruit and grass smells. Silky body, light nutty malt tastes up front...fleeting date or raisin tones in the middle mingle with the now detectable grassy hops and nutty malt falvours, then the finish sees the nut-malt fall away and a very subtle bittering takes over.

This is a very tasty and unique ale...a Hybrid, I think. Some Nut brown character with dark ale profile...nice blend....possibly the best ale from this brewer.

Photo of SebD
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice brown/copper color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasty malts, dark fruit, some chocolate, earthy hops and some nutty notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice roasty malt feel, dark fruit, light chocolaty notes, light earthy hop bitterness and some nutty undertones.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

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

Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, medium brown with lots of bubbles but not much foam.

S - Nose has some toast, caramel, hints of raisins.

T - Fairly clean bitterness with some roasty notes. A bit of sweetness and apple. Hints of coffee.

M - Light, sharp carbonation.

D - Not bad. Fairly easy drinking, sessionable dark ale.

Photo of TerryW
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice chesnut brown colour, but otherwise nothing special to look at. No head, no lace.

Appetizing sweet malty nose. Caramel, malt and some roastiness. Tasty and quite smooth, nice drinking beer. A touch of chocolate throughout, gently bitter finish.

A decent beer, worth a try.

Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the OCB winter sampler; no best before date. I think this is the first time I've reviewed a legitimate example of this style (Keith's Dark notwithstanding).

Pours a deep brownish-amber colour, with a little less than a finger of foamy beige head on top. It fizzles away pretty quickly, leaving behind a thin, filmy cap and collar. Some lacing on the sides but not impressive quantities or anything. Nice malty aroma; strong scent of dark/baker's chocolate and dark roasted malts. Some leafy, grassy notes as well which bodes well for the hop presence.

The aroma was not misleading because this stuff is quite tasty. Tons of roasted biscuit malts with a bit of a nutty feel to them. This is accompanied by some toffee and bittersweet dark chocolate notes, lighter than the aroma might imply but very nice anyway. A few faint fruity notes, akin to raisins. Earthy, leafy hop bitterness toward the finish that blends with the roasted malts for a dry, roasty aftertaste. Rather light, perhaps approaching medium-bodied, but a bit overcarbonated for my liking. Still, this is very drinkable for a 'dark beer'.

A tasty dark ale, sessionable and well-balanced for sure although 'mild' might not be the most appropriate descriptor because the flavour is fairly full for a 5%er. Any fan of brown ales would have little difficulty appreciating this stuff. Definitely worth a try, and a solid start to this season's OCB sampler. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more stuff from this brewery in the future - really wish I knew about these guys back in uni, because they would have been a nice change from Sleeman and Wellington.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

Pours a chocolate brown colour, leaving a thin, tan head that lingered throughout. A decent bit of lacing too.

A solid nutty aroma, with some dark fruit and light hop as well.

One of the better dark ales in Ontario - flavorful (malts, nuts, dark fruit, a bit of spice and bread) and highly quaffable. Was a bit overcarbonated on draught, but it settled nicely about halfway through the pint.

Good stuff, well worth a try!

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mrmanning
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darught at Woolwich Arms in Guelph, ON- Deep amber pour with a decent sized frothy beige head. Chocolate and malts in the nose, with a mild dose of hops and molasses. Fairly sweet and nutty, with a touch of bitterness from the hopping. Lingering mild bitter finish, with malts also left behind. Good.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Stone Hammer Dark Ale from F&M Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.