Dark Ale | Upper Canada Brewing Company

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Dark AleDark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upper Canada Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
uppercanada.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like ales of Northern England, this ale combines British Challenger hops and yeast, spring water, carastan and black patent malts for a robust malty character and a rich chestnut-coloured ale.

Added by kbub6f on 02-22-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/16/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down that glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, pepper, raisin, plum, apple, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, pepper, raisin, plum, apple, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, light chocolate/coffee, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice English brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. There was a bit of an odd stale grain note going on, but this was really spot on for the style otherwise. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the cheapest beer you can buy in Ontario which has any decent flavour. It has been a favourite of mine for 25 years, & while it may have slipped a bit since Upper Canada was bought by Sleeman, it's still a solid beer for when you're looking for something with some taste at a regular beer price. It's good cold but even better when you let it warm a few degrees as the nutty/malt/caramel flavours become a little fuller.

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3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Ruby red, 1 finger of head rapidly dissipating, few bubbles, no lacing.

S: Dry fruit, caramel, faint grainy vegetation, pale malt.

T: Starts semi-sweet and fruity, finishes dry, moderately bitter, and with a noticeable chocolate malt character that pushes this almost into porter territory.

M: A little watery. Appropriately low carbonation.

O: No world-beater, but amazingly good for a budget beer. Drinkable and well-balanced. Old-timers insist that U.C. Dark went way downhill after Sleeman bought the brewery up; if so, the original stuff must have been the nectar of the gods. Nonetheless, the version we have today is a fine addition to Ontario's menu.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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Dark Ale from Upper Canada Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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