Muskoka Dark Ale | Muskoka Brewery

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Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You won't find an English-style brown ale quite like Muskoka Dark. Its bold colour, yet remarkably easy-going taste gives it a personality as unique as the region it's from. Subtle undertones characteristic of its Dark Munich malt ease into hints of chocolate and caramel, making this gold-medal winning ale as inviting as it is distinct. Thirsty yet?

15 IBU

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
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5
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4.72/5  rDev +36.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a mixed pack poured into a mug. I am immediately struck by how dark this brew is, a stout-level black with a gentle orange near the bottom of the glass and a light dusting of light brown bubbles. Aroma is rich and sweet, complex and smooth, with chocolate milk, raisins, lightly toasted nuts, and a faint tinge of smoke all apparent. Fortunately the flavor is almost as good, more chocolate milk and raisins along with some chocolate malt roast, light caramel ... Initial flavors are decidedly sweet but the finish is drier and earthy, with a faint metallic tingle and a ghost of red berry and coconut. Wonderful malt flavors that go for miles. Minimal hop flavor lets the malts shine. Moderate degree of carbonation and full-bodied. Starts a bit like a milk stout but goes to other nutty and toasted places. Another example of this brewery doing some nice work at the malt level, dessert or candy bar-like yet not overdone, more to my liking than some draft English browns in this country.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can at a local restaurant. A pleasant surprise opposed to the usual in house beers.

A: dark walnut appearance with one finger of head from the can. Great lace on the Muskoka pint glass as it went down the hatch.

S: chocolate and hazelnut with hint of vanilla at first and then the coffee fills your nose.

T: Malty dark chocolate with a nice hazelnut presence. Very biscuity. Then the subtle fruitiness kicked in with mostly raisins. Meanwhile, the coffee has never subdued.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with the slight carbonation and presence of hops that can be felt on the back of your tongue.

D: Bring it on! A very satisfying glass of beer. I always seem to walk right by the Muskoka line of beers, but not any more.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a very nice English brown ale. The Canadians are getting very good with their dark beers. This a prime example.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can, no freshness date. Aroma is slightly nutty with a touch of caramel and mild malt sweetness, slight roast. Taste has a bit of a yoo-hoo quality to it (in a really good way, I love yoo-hoo). Slight chocolate, light roasted character, mild sweetness from malt. Actually a very easy to drink and flavorful brown. Nicely done.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark is right, I've seen stouts that aren't this dark as I can't see signs of carbonation in the body. Slight notes of ruby brown can be seen when the beer is held up against the light. Poured with a solid two fingers of head that produces decent lacing although seems to have a some slight issues with retention.

Smell: It has a bit of a woodsy smell in the background, which I can't say I mind. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with nice nuances of Hazelnuts and smoky malt. It does need a bit of warming to come out, but it's very nice regardless.

Taste: Ample smoky malt begins our journey through the woods as we find robust hazel and walnuts upon the path. As we continue towards the heart of the forest we strangely find coffee bushes which lead into a slightly peaty hop vines the bid us adieu.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth transitioning on this one a well served by the carbonation which sadly goes a bit flat around the 2/3 complete mark. The aftertaste is a pleasant and nicely muted nutty malt.

Drinkability: All in all pretty good. Being so dark you'd think it would be a bit heavier but it's a nice medium body. It's decently refreshing although I wouldn't have it for summer guzzling. Certainly a great early spring or late fall beer.

Final Thoughts: I found this offering to be quite good and nice all around. I don't normally find nutty beers as appealing as sweeter malt options in this style but this one pulled it off quite well. If you get stuck up in cottage country on a cold May 24, this will certainly warm you up.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into a pint glass.

1-finger head over an extremely dark, opaque black-brown. Lamplight couldn't be seen through it.

The head smelled nice, with nutty aromas and other sweet smells characteristic of this style. After it settled, these faded away to just some metallic scent. Given some more time, though, the nice aromas returned. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee-like.

Taste: a rich, coffee taste with the right amount of moderate bitterness. Roasty. Pretty good overall taste.

Only mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

Update June 2017: This has come to be one of my top 2 favourite beers.

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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant sweet, dark, British-styled ale.

Almost black in colour, it pours a very dark brown with beautiful red highlights. Pleasant level of carbonation results in a decent mouthfeel.

Aroma of both roasted and toasted dark malts is followed by a suitably complex but well-balanced malt-forward taste. Defined nut presence is understated, but there.

An excellent example of the style!

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3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of bubbly mocha white head.

Smell- Roasted malts, coffee bean, dark chocolate syrup, vanilla.

Taste- The roasted malts, and coffee upfront followed by cocoa and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall- A tasty English Brown by Muskoka. There are lots of robust roasted flavours from different sources that would make for an excellent autumn warmer.

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3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a thin creamy head. Lacing is pretty good, if a little sparse. The aroma is of chocolate malts, grains, and a moderate amount of spicey hops. The taste is equal parts barley husk, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Theres a little astringency that competes with the modest hopping. The finish is nutty and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is light with smooth carbonation, maybe a little watery.

This is a good brown ale. Complex and very sessionable. Its worth a try.

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Muskoka Dark Ale from Muskoka Brewery
3.46 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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