Dark Ale
Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

Dark AleDark Ale
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Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
Manitoba, Canada
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #51
Ranked #28,358
3.3 | pDev: 14.55%
Nov 15, 2022
Mar 21, 2003
Notes: None
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Deep brown color; light passes easily. Moderate but lasting head. Some minor spots for lacing.

The smell is mildly off. Behind the darker malt with a touch caramel sweetness. It’s hard to describe the offness—it’s mostly vegetal.

Decent body with a lower carbonation. The malt is fairly one dimensional with a brown bread flavor. The finish becomes more bitter but more from toasted malls than any hop.
Nov 15, 2022
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Reviewed by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
First of my beers from my notes from the Peg.

Appearance: My notes say Lace! which I recall this beer leaving quite a bit behind and producing two fingers of head on the pour. Body is black but shows more of an opaque brown as it is held to the light.

Smell: Toffee Malt, and that's about it. Warming didn't really help it and the potency needs to be better. Still nothing bad, just weak, especially for a darker beer.

Taste: Toffee and Smoke starts us off and it doesn't really stop. It instead seems to weaken into a nice gully and come back and hit you again with it before a slight earth hint walks us off. It's not too often that I find a beer is done well and delivers on an identical double note of the exact same.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is again, toffee and smoke which is nice given that's what they are going for here. The beer's carbonation isn't quite right, it's got more of that sudsy cleaning feeling that doesn't do the aftertaste credit and it seems a bit low. Transitioning is short, if you can all it that. I mean, the beer doesn't really shift at all.

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing and walks a good line there, especially given the medium-heavy body. Settles down well enough, and really nothing to complain about here.

Final Thoughts: I get the impression that this is the Macro beer heir apparent in Winnipeg. Everyone seemed to have it on tap or in cans. That brewery that's large enough to be a big guy in town, but doesn't quite have the reach to be a Sam Adams or Collective Arts. Either way, no objections here, as this I found to be solid.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by KLHBB from Arkansas

Feb 03, 2020
Rated: 4 by BrettHoo from Canada (MB)

Apr 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
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.
May 17, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by KStark from Canada (BC)

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Jan 14, 2016
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Reviewed by zeledonia from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
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.
Oct 28, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by staubot from Canada (MB)

Sep 01, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Jul 18, 2015
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Rated by BellsFan from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Very sweet and with a bit of balsamic
Jun 11, 2015
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.
Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by ImJared from Canada (MB)

Nov 27, 2014
Rated: 3 by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

Nov 23, 2014
Rated: 3 by BigBry from Canada (AB)

Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 3 by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

Oct 06, 2014
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Rated by Rempeba from Canada (MB)

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
No lingering bitter aftertaste

Head dissipates quickly
Weak flavor
Too thin
Aug 16, 2014
Rated: 3 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by arrech

Jul 18, 2014
Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 59 ratings