Dark Ale | Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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Dark AleDark Ale

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

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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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 28
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Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle. For some reason, this is the only micro-brew available at my favorite local Neapolitan pizzeria.

This beer pours a deep, dark, red-brick amber hue, with highlights certainly playing off the sides, and three fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat bubbly light tan head, which leaves some roiling sea foam lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of nutty caramel malt, some musty root-like astringency, like unsweetened sarsaparilla, tame bittersweet chocolate, stale cream, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more nutty and well caramelized malt, and also kind of grainy, with a dark fruitiness most redolent of wet raisins, a light biscuity cocoa sweetness, root beer syrup, and just a smidgen of weedy, floral hops.

The body is kind of thin in its medium weight rendering, and there's too much loose-seeming carbonation, which brings down the smoothness factor, not to mention the general drinkability. It finishes off-dry, that caramel malt getting a bit pithy, while the other essences slink away, pretty much unnoticed.

Overall, an adequate, if fairly plain offering - it's dark, it's mild, and it's an ale, so they've covered their truth in advertising quota. However, I'm not convinced that this is all that much of a quality brew - it gains a weird sourness as it warms. My previous experience with it may have been tainted by the fact that it was the only non-Euro macro brew available - I now stick to wine when I need to get my thin-crust 'za and Wiseguy sammie fix.

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Photo of Rempeba
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

No lingering bitter aftertaste

Head dissipates quickly
Weak flavor
Too thin

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Photo of ImJared
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Sammy
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A baby step stout. Very mild and light. Kicked-up carbonation on tap, which worked against it. Soapy glass so couldn't get any aroma. Bit of malt and foam, a beer aimed I think to get people to try more craft beers, so some points over national brand.

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Photo of MalcolmJames
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear dark brown, short head quickly faded to a thin ring with a small island in the middle
S - strong sugary molasses dominates, some leafy and roasty notes
T - overly strong sugary syrup sweetness overpowers everything, seems artificial
M - sticky sweet, somewhat creamy with a syrupy finish
O - just too much on the sweetness to the point that it feels like syrup was added right before they but the cap on, it doesn't taste bad but just not enough beer flavour

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Photo of vanrassel
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A straightforward, unpretentious beer from a straightforward, unpretentious town like Winnipeg.

This one poured nice and dark from the bottle with a frothy, one-finger head. Not much retention on the head: it quickly dwindled to a ring and left very little lacing on my pint glass.

There was an appetizing, sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel that delivered more of the same in an extremely satisfying first sip. The finish, though, was unexpected and a little unpleasant at first — kind of a sour, yeast-y taste.

As I kept drinking, the sour aftertaste wasn't as prominent and was replaced with a cleaner (blander?) finish. This is a very drinkable beer, though it seems to be lacking complexity. A few reviewers have extolled its virtues on tap — I'll have to give it a try next time I'm in the 'Peg.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light brown beer with very low carbonation and therefore almost no head. Aroma is quite weak with almost no discernable malt. Taste is light and somewhat refreshing with some note of sweetness and malt. Overall, this is a beer that lack character and complexity and therefore is very average.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 341 ml brown bottle from a 6 pack. A decent looking clear cola hued body, I managed to get a fair sized tan head before a quick recession to a thin ring. On the aroma is toasted malt, thin caramel, some metallic grains, all pretty weak in potency however. The flavour is similar on all counts, toasted caramel malts, metallic grain in the middle, with slight herbal hoppiness on the finish, and very, very watered down. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit abrasive with the carbonation, not the friendliest texture for a dark ale. Not a very appealing offering from Fort Garry.

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Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BrettHoo
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pioneer13
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of BellsFan
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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 BigBry
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of CrazyMike
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark brown apperance with decent amount of head that slowly disappears leaving some lace. Smell consists of caramel, malt and roasted nuts. Very sweet overall.

Taste consists of caramel, toffee, malt, roasted nuts and a hint of grain and floral hops. Suprisingly the taste is very light overall. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry with a lingering caramel taste.

This is an interesting beer, tastes similar to English ales. Refreshing and inoffensive, but kind of unbalanced taste wise. Worth a try in the summer.

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Photo of crossovert
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can.

It pours a bubbly brown with a fizzy cola-like head.

The smell is nice, some dark fruit, nuts, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of cherry.

The flavor is okay. It is sweet with a full graininess. It is like drinking dark bread. There is a slight hint of smokiness and I don't know if it is an off-flavor. There is a nit of tartness.

This isn't that amazing of a beer.

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Photo of SimonHamm
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Noxious26
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, and cola-like in appearance. Beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edges.

Aroma is pretty much straight ahead malts with hints of caramel. Nothing offensive, but it just seems pretty plain though.

Taste is toasted malts throughout with a little caramel in the middle and a bit of a metallic twang and burnt undertone at the finish. Basically no aftertaste to speak of. Just seems to be missing something here. Very plain and tame.

Light-medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

There really isn't anything here to draw you in. Plain and blah. This reminds me of a brown ale (would probably fit that category better than the Amber/Red Ale) that has been watered down. Just seems to be lacking a little in every category from being a good beer. That said, there's nothing really bad or wrong with it, but it's probably one that I won't be re-visiting often.

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Photo of Litrecola
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
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 arrech
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of andrenaline
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third selection from their mixer pack.

A - Pours dark ruby red in colour with a solid thumb of head which dissipates at the same speed which it developed. No lacing present.

S - The scent on this one was rather metallic, but once you get past that there's some sweet chocolate malts and a bit of molasses coming through.

T - Little bit of toffee, some chocolate malts and coffee. Overall the flavour is a little on the bland side.

M - Much like the other selections I've had, this one is a little overly carbonated for my liking. That being said, it is rather refreshing, not nearly as dry as the others I've had, and it finishes smooth.

D - Overall, this is the best beer I've had by Fort Garry so far, but the others were pretty forgettable. I think this one has the potential to be better if they stepped up the flavours a bit, but it came off a little bland. I wouldn't be embarassed to offer this to someone, but I would probably preface it by stating that it's 'just average'.

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Dark Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 55 ratings