Dark Ale | Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
Manitoba, Canada
fortgarry.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AudioGilz on 03-21-2003

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Ranking:
#42,953
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
55
pDev:
14.68%
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Photo of Beersnake1
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Jet black with little carbonation. Smell was toasted malts and dark fruit. Taste was surprisingly good. Robust roasted malts, smoky, dark fruits. I rather liked it.

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Photo of KStark
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4ster
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up on Canada roadtrip, drank with dinner at a roadside rest area. Tasted 2 May 2015, reviewed from just-found notes.

Pours medium clear amber-brown.

Smell is toasty like a marzen.

Pretty flavorful. Malty with a slight hop tilt. Finishes with balancing bitter herbal hops.

Plenty tasty. Clean and well balanced.

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Photo of staubot
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BellsFan
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet and with a bit of balsamic

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Photo of Bunman3
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite FGB offering. It looks nice - reminiscent of root beer. The aroma is malt, with a hint of milk chocolate. It has a very solid flavor- roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a mild hop finish. Overall, a very solid ale.

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Photo of ImJared
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Rempeba
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Positive:
No lingering bitter aftertaste

Negative:
Head dissipates quickly
Weak flavor
Too thin

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dalehihn
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MylesMac
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of shagal
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Litrecola
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of MalcolmJames
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fort Garry Dark Ale looks like it's been put through the toaster... for a few minutes too long. It has a sooty, burnt complexion despite maintaining a chestnut brown colour, healthy shimmer and clarity (the latter two only in some places, mind you). Its off-white foam sits atop the surface like a doily. Damn fine lookin'!

As well as a raisin- or hazelnut-tinged maltiness, the aroma also gives off a whiff of root beer. It is somewhat earthy but not overly aromatic, which is perhaps just as well because the corn syrup-esque scent of malt extract comes on strong as the beer loses its chill; it's not a deal breaker, but it's enough to question the quality of the ingredients.

All the pleasantly nutty, lightly chocolate-y flavours aside, this beer just isn't cutting it for me. It bears repeating that the flavour is fine. The problem is not how the beer tastes - fermentation provided a lovely plum fruitiness - it's how it drinks: this resembles less a pint to deliberate over at the pub than it does a lager to swill back at the beach.

For one, the malt extract noted in the aroma is all too real; the beer has a borderline saccharine texture with cola-like aftertaste. There is no fullness in the mouth what so ever; no vivid sense of roast or chocolate or grainy toasted malt. Sips are paper thin. Secondly, it has these pointy little bubbles that prick the back of the throat like pin-tacks.

Fort Garry Dark Ale's one shortfall is a lifeless and unconvincing mouthfeel; whether that relates to shoddy ingredients, not enough ingredients, or a flaw in the recipe I can't say. What I do know is that a style this mild and delicate must highlight a bountiful, all-natural maltiness if it is to work. And this, unfortunately, did not do so.

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Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 55 ratings