Ale Of Fergus | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 38
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 9/9/14 into a Belgian snifter at about 45F.

Pours with a clear, dark, ruby-brown body topped by a short, weak beige-colored head that nonetheless leaves good lacing.

Near medium body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: mild bready malts with hints of cocoa and caramel.

Flavor: mild; very good bitter/sweet balance. Maltiness builds with continued drinking.

O: solid version of style; improved with warming.

 431 characters

Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown/black in the glass with a nice tan head on top.

S: Caramel maltiness, with a rich burnt sugar smell.

T: Malty goodness with a hint of roasted malt, and campfire smoke. The finish is fairly clean and water, with a slight burnt caramel aftertaste.

M: Light in body, with fairly active carbonation.

O: Overall a decent session dark beer. The finish is a touch on the watery side, but the overall flavor is certainly interesting.

 448 characters

Photo of GPayne757
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is suppose to be a light to moderate bodied ale, which I found it to be super light. It was very clean, and honestly a bit bland. The nose of this beer was light, I really didn't pick up a whole lot from it, and as a light ale I wasn't expecting a huge nose anyways. The flavor profile was minimum, as it had very little to offer. I picked up minor malt notes and very light caramel notes. This would be a beer for someone who wants a change from say, Yuengling. The finish was short lived.

This beer was not bad but it was far from outstanding. Devils Backbone Brewing has better offerings.

 605 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass.

Real nice body color. Good hues of chestnut brown and orange amber. Thin collar presented, light tan with carbonation volcanoes popping up through the puck. Minimal collar lacing while finishing.

Nose has very light but distinct toasty ripping grain. Light milk chocolate even creamy with a good light depth perhaps coming. Real inviting.

Palate hits with a light body but fills with flavor. Toasting malts coat, with a bit of dryness. Light toffee mixing with a finishing amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel though is just way too carbonated. It kills the flavors on this brew with too much of a gaseous finish. Becomes seltzery and almost club soda stripping the palate. Gas dominates after some time.

Overall its classic Devils Backbone flavorful, but the carbonation on this is just way too much. If this was dialed down to let that the light toasty malt backbone to come through it would be really fantastic.

 952 characters

Photo of velkyal
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What arrived at my table was a deep crimson beer, topped with a light tan head, which was at least an inch thick.

What left the table about 7 minutes later was an empty glass, with plenty of lacing and a request to our waitress to haste ye back with more!

Good? Bloody hell it was marvelous! I am sure I could wax lyrical about toffee and cocoa notes and the merest hint of spicy hops, but why, when it was the sheer pleasure the beer bought me which is the abiding memory?

 477 characters

Photo of ffejherb
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Devil's Backbone on 11/30/09. Listed only as an "English style ale" on the official brewery website.

A - Slightly hazy orange/copper-toned body with a creamy alabaster head and a bubbly wall of carbonation around the middle of the glass.

S - Light caramel malt and sweet toffee notes with just a hint of doughy, bready malt. Noble hops are also apparent, albeit very subtle overall, and impart a slight floral and perfumy fragrance.

T - Cream of Fergus drinks like a straightforward English style pub ale with a well-balanced flavor combining sweet caramel and light bready malts with subtle floral hop notes. Finishes with a slight creamy corn character and subtle hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy nitro mouthfeel that's slightly thin but pleasant nonetheless. Texture is softly carbonated and silky.

D - Cream of Fergus is an easy-to-quaff, English-style session ale... 'nuff said!

 931 characters

Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a clear pint glass. Purchased with growler trade and 64oz fill for $8.40.

A: Reddish amber with 1-2 finger, nougat-colored head with decent retention but scant lacing.

S: Very sweet but pleasant aromas of caramel and Munich malts, moderate leafy hops, with a hint of smoke.

T: Sweet but full-flavored with tangy maltiness balanced well with leafy and floral hoppiness. Very fruity with berry-like character in the finish and a well-placed smokiness. Reminds me of a more balanced Bellhaven Ale.

M: Medium-body with smooth feel despite the active carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet caramel malts.

D: A very good brown ale that is approachable with moderate hoppiness and with a tocuh of peaty smokiness that lends a great deal of uniqueness. Also notable for a great deal for a growler fill.

 819 characters

Photo of CrellMoset
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale of Fergus, a 4.0%, 22 IBU Scottish-style 60 Schilling, enjoyed at the grand opening of the Devil's Backbone brewpub in Wintergreen, VA.

Appearance: A filtered orange-amber body yields a minimal head and minimal lacing. This one's pretty active on the carbonation front though, throwing up waves of bubbles. Decent for the style.

Aroma: Good malt profile on this one, with plenty of toast, hints of oak, maple, and smoke (was that the open fire they had going 10 feet to my right?), lighter, roasted bready notes, and only the faintest kiss of any sort of hop bitterness.

Taste: A solid tasting beer. This one's slightly smoky - though not distractingly so - with about equal parts roast (light caramelization) and toast (heavy caramelization), with notes of toffee and butterscotch. Obviously light on bitterness, and though it doesn't scream intense flavor, it's a very easygoing, pleasant beer to sip.

Mouthfeel: Prickly from all that carbonation, with a medium-to-thin body, appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: Kudos to an American brewer trying to a style that's far too often overlooked in favor of bigger, bolder offerings. This one's simply a solid, malty, low abv% Scottish ale, pleasant and easygoing. Recommended.

 1,247 characters

Ale Of Fergus from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.