Dark 266 | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Dark 266 is a rare breed of beer that was originally brewed as a one-off draught for one of our specialty beer bars. The demand for an encore was so persistent that that we had to bottle it and share it with everyone. Specialty imported hops and dark malts result in a chestnut coloured lager with a wonderful lacy head. Taste the deliciousness of a North American Lager with the complexity of a German Schwarzbier.

Added by Phyl21ca on 01-05-2006

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a mixed four pack. I vaguely remember having this on tap a few years back, so it's certainly been a while.

Poured into a conical pint glass. Dark indeed, but held to the light and a soft chestnut hue overtakes the brew. The pour leaves an off-white head that displays good retention and some sticky lacing. Not bad at all.

Nose is grain (a distinct scent that I always associate with Camerons), caramel, fruit, dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

Not bad to the taste. This is a decent dark lager that's easy to drink. That same grainy flavor, coupled with a mild roasted character and breadiness. The whole thing feels thin, though, not a robust brew by any stretch. Pushing English mild brown territory. Same with the mouthfeel - thin carbonation, thin bodied.

Certainly worth a try, as this is by no means a bad effort (indeed, as I can see from my review, "not bad" as a descriptor keeps coming up) - it just needs some work to stand out among the other efforts featured in this dark ale heavy province.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - nice dark amber colour pouring beer. there is about 2 fingers of head that quickly disappear. The beer has a slight amount of carbonation.

Smell - I can smell chocolate and coffee undertones to this beer.

Taste - I found the first taste was coffee then not much after that, i was expecting more of a chocolate presents. The after taste isn't too bitter, actually i did not find much of one.

Mouthfeel - Slight amount of carbonation adds to the taste. I found the chocolate actually came through a bit. There was a bit more of an aftertaste, but nothing that has a wow factor.

Drinkability - I found this to be a very blah beer in the end, there was a bit of a higher expectations. In the end, i would not go after this beer.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 20oz pint at my hotel bar in downtown Toronto, before a nice anniversary dinner with my better half.

This beer appears a clear, very dark brown colour, with prominent mahogany tints, and one finger of tightly foamy, bubbly, and soapy beige head, which leaves some decent melting iceberg lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of mild roasted biscuity caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, some plain mid-day, lightly milked coffee, an apple and orange orchard fruitiness, and rather understated earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted bready malt, a muted caramel sweetness, breakfast toast, southern biscuits, and softly acrid fruity, herbal hops.

The carbonation is moderate, the body medium in weight and plainly smooth, with a pithy, almost, but not quite, milky sourness. It finishes somewhat sweet and malty, with an increasing musty dryness.

A standard Canadian micro-brewed dark ale, with maybe a bit more complexity than is the norm, but still nothing to get all that excited about - now, on to the more vaunted wine pairing(s) for the evening - bring it on, Reds.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown colour; ruby highlights show when held to light. Topped by two fingers of tan head. Fair retention and good lace. Mute aroma - toasted bread and light coffee notes, a hint of burnt sugar. Pleasant but quite weak. Malt forward, burnt toast and black coffee flavour, lightly sweet; finishes clean aside from some light char that lingers in the back of the mouth. Light-bodied with low carbonation. Thin, but not quite watery. A little slight on character, but what's there tastes decent.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first of the Cameron's 4 pack sampler graciously given to me by the brewery.

A deep mahogany body with caramel ruby glances in the light rests below the mocha head. Some good retention here, as one would expect of the style.

The nose is of chocolate, slightly fruity grape esters. Sour tones of apple mix with mild coffee bean scents.

Flavours of cocoa and caramel are balanced by some minimal hopping. Everything is very clean and crisp while still having a good malt base of flavor.

The body is smooth on the tongue if somewhat watery.
A decent dark lager that would make a good summer quencher.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a one finger head that immediately subsided to a thin tan line - colour of dark coffee with a hint of chestnut - thin patchy lacing

S - dark malt and fruit - some coffee - perhaps some dark rye bread

T - malt, coffee, a cloying sweetness, bitterness on the sides of the tongue which lingered for 5 minutes after I finished the glass, something beneath the surface (perhaps the water) that I can not quite put my finger on = some good and bad aspects to this one

M - thin, decent carbonation, a little off in the bitterness, light to medium body

O - a drinkable brew that is not quite balanced - could be I do not like the style which I have only tried once before with a similar result

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of molasses malt is quite overpowering. Taste of molasses malt are also overly present in this beer and it’s not something that I generally look for. Hops are pretty much non-existent and body is just above average. I’d say this is generally quite boring…

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.44/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Unibroue tulip

A - Poured a dark brown colour with a very slight amount of translucency. A slight amber glow when held up to the light. A small amount of white head formed on top that quickly dissipated.

S - Some light roasted malt notes and a very slight bitter hop nose. Not a strong nose at all - nothing really pops out.

T - Very mild/subdued palate, just like the nose indicated. A very light malt taste with no discernible roasted malt or hop flavour. Somewhat bland and flat.

D - Very disappointing beer. It was bland and almost completely lacked flavour for me. After seeing the dark brown pour in to my glass I had higher expectations and this missed those expectations without a doubt. Won't be buying this again.

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear dark brown colour with a large frothy/fizzy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some nice spider web lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - toasted nuts, malts, breads/grains, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is actually quite a bit of carbonation, lots of bubbles on the tongue, at first the beer tastes slightly metallic. It might benefit from a decrease of carbonation, but it is still decent. I can taste lots of malts, and also a lot of bread/grain flavour. It also has some molasses notes and a toasted/roasted flavour. It finishes with a slightly bitter chocolate/malt after taste.

Drink - A nice drinkable beer. Would be pretty decent as a session beer for the dark beer fans. I'm interested in trying the other variety's in Cameron's lineup.

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The dark brown beer is served in a nonic pint glass with a 1/2" light tan head that leaves some lacing as the beer is consumed but doesn't itself persist very long before becoming a layer on the surface.

The aromas include coffee, a bit of slight roasted malt, some orchard fruit and and some hints of dark bread.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with a fair amount of roasted bready malt, but there's also just a hint of sweetness and some fruity and herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some persistent moderate carbonations. As the finish begins any malt and sweetnes slides a way to leave the fruit and coffee which then go away to allow a dry slightly earthy dryness.

On the whole a nice middle of the road quality beer that isn't much to write home about but which is smooth, tasty and worth trying.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this one only rates a 3.2. I LOVED it.
The only knock I have is the lack of head retention.
Smell is nutty, porter/stout like.
As for taste/mouthfeel...that nuttiness, comes through, and is brilliant.
At 4.5 ABV this would be my session beer of choice, IF ONLY, it was available at local liquor stores in something other than a "mixed pack".

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Photo of SebD
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice almost black color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, grains, dark fruit and light chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, grains, dark fruit and chocolate but it's very mild.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a somewhat watery and thin overall balance and feel.

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

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a sampler pack of four (packaged on Nov. 8th, 2011). I've had trouble generating heads when I pour this style of beer, so I basically dumped it into the pint glass this time, revealing a deep chestnut brown-coloured brew that is not quite dark enough to be opaque. There are ruby-red highlights under the light.

At first the beige-coloured, two-finger head is creamy and luxurious, but its retention is still rather poor, and after a few minutes only a film on the surface remains. There is a thin creamy collar around the edge of the glass as well, which leaves streaks of lacing in its wake. The aroma is alright I guess, but kind of bland. Sweet caramel malts are pretty dominant, with some roasted coffee notes.

Decent taste with bready, lightly roasted malts, caramel and molasses being prominent. Hints of roasted coffee, or perhaps baker's chocolate. Roasted malts and bitter coffee meet in the finish, which is brief... this is a fairly clean brew without much aftertaste. Thin-bodied with mild carbonation, but as far as drinkability goes, it is as high as any pale lager's.

Smooth, mild and easy to throw back, this is a serviceable, fairly enjoyable example of a beer style that I often find either bland or cloying. Potentially very sessionable if you are in the mood for something dark, but not complex enough to satisfy serious beer geeks... I could definitely see myself getting this again if I found it on-tap somewhere.

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Photo of mikemands
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of terryeckmeier
2.54/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I was going to get this nice beefy dark styled beer but was left thinking where is the umpff. All in all very drinkable and would be a great dark beer for someone who doesn't drink a whole lot of beer especially dark. Although the colour is nice don't let it fool you. All in all a decent beer but I was hoping for a nice dark roasted malt, bitter finish. Well I guess I will just have to try all the Cameron's beers to find one I like.

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Dark 266 from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 60 ratings