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Wind & Sail Dark Ale | Barley Days Brewery

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Wind & Sail Dark AleWind & Sail Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Barley Days Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich and robust, this moderately hopped ale balances dark and chocolate malt flavours with an earthy finish. Brewed in Prince Edward County, using only malted barley, hops, yeast and water.

Added by allergictomacros on 01-07-2006

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 33
Photo of bylerteck
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery brought back by my parents on their trip to Prince Edward County. Label upside down.

A - Pours root beer brown. Bright. Sort of an amber colour. Fluffy beige head of one full finger. Good carbonation.Good retnetion with a half finger, and a little chunk of lacing.

S - Nice. Coffee, roasted malts, dark bread, a little chocolate and a good amount of nuttiness.

T - More coffee and toffee, chocolate and a little nuttiness.

M - Good carbonation, mild but nice. Medium to light body, but still seems a little thin.

O/D - I honestly wasn't expecting much from this at all, but it suprised me alot, a quality dark, light bodied ale, very moorish.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.9/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on May 5, 2011 at "C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a clear dark copper colour with a this off-white head. The aroma was roasted malt, nuts, and mild caramel. Rhe mouthfeel was mediuym bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, coffee, and nuts. I found it quite refreshing as it went down very easy.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out brown with a ruby hue. A large tan head pops up but disappears quickly to almost nothing. The nose is sweet and toasty. Some chocolate or dark roasted malts. The flavor reflects the aroma with a bite of dark roasted malts and some bakers chocolate. The body is light and sweet at the same time. After the bite of dark malts there is a light sweet middle. The finish is crisp but all flavor is gone.

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Photo of bryehn
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought for sure when I tasted it, that Wind and Sail would be classified as an English Brown, not an Irish Red. Grabbed a six produced less than 10 days from when I got it.

There definitely is a red tinge to the cola brown colour of this beer. A decent tan head left some lacing and a long-lasting collar.

Smells like fresh grains roasted wild nuts, dark chocolate and also carries some nice dark fruit notes. Raspberry, cherry and even dates.

Has a roasted chocolate malt flavour with a nice bitterness that's balanced by a honey-like sweetness. Buttery notes come through as the beer leaves the back of my tongue, which is appetizing.

The mouthfeel is unfortunately thin and doesn't back up the thick taste with enough body, especially upfront.

For my taste this is an above-average dark ale, though it may be a bit too heavy on the malts to session. Will try another six for sure.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first brew from Barley Days, one of the few breweries east of the GTA and south of Ottawa.

Poured into a nonic ale glass. Dark brown in colour, with ruby shining through when held to the light. Thin, but persistent head, good lacing. Doesn't look bad.

Caramel, hops, sourness to the nose.

Not bad, actually. Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. Malty, with a bit of rye bread, chocolate and caramel to the taste. Yeast is quite sour, gets more substantial as the pint progresses. Vegetable hop taste. Tart, dry to the finish.

Thin, a bit syrupy, but decent carbonation.

Actually, I didn't mind this. Not something I'd like a lot of, but still, wasn't bad. I'd pick it up again on tap to compare. Seems, though, to be a brew that is substantially touch-and-go. Either it's good or it ain't.

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Photo of soju6
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear deep amber with small head that fades to lacing.

S: Faint caramel and slight fruity sweetness. expected more.

T: Sort of a mild fruity taste with a light bitter finish.

F: light body,and sort of dry. Not much to report here.

D: Kind of bland, unoffensive. I expected something more.

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Photo of uno99
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery, into a Stella glass.

A: Surprisingly nice looking beer. very deep ruby read with delicate whispy head with good retention. (4.0)

S: A little wet cardboard what what I first smelled. Otherwise not to bad. roasted malts, dark cherries. (3.0)

T: oaky smoke and roasted malts. not too bad, finish is a little weak and cardboardy. a little sulfuric as well. actually tastes more burnt than roasted. (3.0)

M: Body is a little weak. alkaline. nice and smooth carbonation however. fairly natural feeling. (3.5)

D: Meh. barely sessionable. (3.0)

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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut brown with a noticeable red tint under a moderate light brown head that settles to a film. Some spotty lace.

Malt and carmel sweetness in the nose. Fruity and sweet to drink with a treacly, bitter feel. Generally thin bodied. Understated for the style and unnecessarily sweet on one hand, but with a sour finish.

Worked my way through most of a six. No hell.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer appears a dark cola colour, with one finger of thick soapy light tan head, which leaves solid lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of roasted malt, and earthy, vegetal hops. The taste is light roasted malt, slightly sour orchard fruit, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body the lesser side of medium, and it finishes with some underwhelming vegetal maltiness.

Some off-flavours in a fairly average ale. So-so overall.

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Photo of bartle
2.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a chestnut brown with slight red in the body and a cream coloured and relatively frothy head.
A fairly sweet aroma with roasty nut notes. Toasted almonds, caramel and vanilla.
It was very sweet on the tongue. Lots of flavor. Caramel, roasted nuts and little bitterness. A bold malt taste.
A little too sweet for my taste buds, though it was indeed drinkable.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Beer poured with a gobsmacking amount of head. I had to let it settle and re-pour three times before the bottle was empty. Was left with a pillowy, chunky head. The beer is the color of a light cherry cola. It's cloudy and not as dark as I was expecting. It has some decent lacing and, once the initial monster head died down, it retained about a quarter inch head all the way down.

S: Faint sour hops aroma. Slight cherry, fruity, coppery smell. Doesn't smell great.

T: Tastes dry and crisp with a metallicy burnt cherry flavor. Leaves a slightly sour aftertaste for a good ten seconds after each sip. There's a bit of roast malt there but the sourness distracts me from appreciating anything else in this beer.

M: My mouth doesn't want to feel it. It just wants to swallow it and make it go away. It doesn't taste as carbonated and prickly as I would expect something so highly carbonated to taste. But it's still very fizzy.

D: It's has an unappealing, acrid taste to it. This is probably the second most head I have ever seen in a beer. It wasn't bad enough to pour, but man did it come close.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rereview (as Wind and Sail dark ale)

A - Pours clear ruby with a moderate head.

S - Dark and fruity smelling. Some toastiness, lots of fruit - cherries maybe, and some molasses.

T - Kinda spicy and fruity. Not a lot of hop flavour, but a one-dimensional bitterness brings in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly watery, light and pretty fizzy. Dry.

D - Not a great beer, but not bad either. Mediocre dark ale. Much better than its predecessor though.

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Photo of pootz
2.57/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Now labeled as: Barley Days Wind & Sail Dark Ale

Bottle: poured a clear burnished copper ale in the glass, smallish white cap, not very good retention.

Smells of caramel and roast malts, some fruit esters, light mustiness

Thin mouth fee;. Malts are minimal but there is a toffee-roast-fruit flavor that finishes with the fruity esters mingling with some off flavor...wierd finish.

A fair enough pub ale but a tad thin and uninspired for me.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with no head and just a tiny bit of lace. The aroma is sweetish with chocolate malt, coffee and a bit of off putting sourness. The taste is very sweet with some stewed pears, spices, chocolate and an odd plasticy off flavor. Hops are pretty much non-existent The mouthfeel is medium with very low carbonation and some cloying sensation. The finish is syrupy sweet with some sourness and almost no bitterness.

This is a lackluster, average beer. Too sweet and sour, at least its better than the atrocious Glenora Pale Ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber LCBO. Dark, little head, fizzy detracting carbonation. SIgnfiicant roast and different malts, and lots of dark malt, yet not too sweet. No noticeable hops. Drinkable, passable,on the thin side, a glass is too much. I understand this brewery has got their infected batches under control now so rating trend will be up.

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Photo of Viggo
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown/red, small off white head forms, some nice lacing and retention. Smell is weird, very fruity, caramel, little bit of roast. Taste is dry roasty grains, some citrus, watery, light chocolate/coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, very weak and thin, with low carbonation. Strange one, this brewery seemed to be chewing out some mediocre at best beers.

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Wind & Sail Dark Ale from Barley Days Brewery
3.02 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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