Stone Hammer Dark Ale | F&M Brewery

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Stone Hammer Dark AleStone Hammer Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
F&M Brewery
Ontario, Canada
fmbrewery.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sensationally easy drinking amber brown beer with considerable depth given its mild manner. The aroma hints at caramel and cocoa. It is smooth and lightly carbonated leaning towards nuts, lightly caramel and a hint of mocha.

Added by DrJay on 10-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
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4
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6
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Squeezyq
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wordslinger
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kartoffeln
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep, slightly translucent chocolate brown with a small, foamy tan head. Quickly dissipates to nothing but a patch of bubbles, leaving scant lacing.

S: Sweet, chocolate and brown malts with roasty notes and lots of fresh, dark fruits. Earthy, floral hops are present but subdued.

T: Sweet, slightly grainy brown malts with chocolate and toffee undertones up front with rich, fruity esters; gives way to nutty, roasty malt flavours and peppery floral hops (Fuggles, I’d guess).

M: On the lighter end of medium-bodied, with light, creamy smooth carbonation. The slight roasted bitterness in the finish keeps it from getting cloying.

D: A delicious, easy-drinking ale that's well worth a try and perfect for sessioning (5% ABV, yes, but tolerance and patience take care of that).

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at C'est What?

A: Amber brown, off-white head, not much retention but it leaves a little lace.

S: Fruity (dark fruit, bubble gum from the Brit. yeast); bready; with a little caramel sweetness, nut & spice.

T: Very pleasant fruityness from the British yeast as well as hops (which are now all Fuggles). Quality bready malt, with a little nut, caramel & earthyness. Mild bitterness.

M: Silky smooth, modest carbonation on cask.

D: Hell yeah!

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Photo of mark_mla
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark beer.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice, clear brown dark caramel colour.

S - Rich molasses, toasty malts.

T - Again, (sweet) molasses with a nice malty middle and a slightly hoppy end with a little hint of bitter. It really is a mild dark ale.

M - Light carbonation. Fairly light in the body too. The bitter tends to grow a little after drinking.

O - A very nice English dark mild. Great as a beer to match with a meal (it's not overpowering) or a multiple pint beer at the pub. Easy to drink without sacrificing on flavour and bitterness.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens very well and pours a 1" high whiteish brown head that lasts for 2mins or so before film out. Very dark brown colour and filtered clear

S- Very nice malty nutty smell. Super heavy

T- Very rich and roasted nutty good. I like the molasses heavy body and wonderful slightly smoky good little brew.

M- Dry yet creamy! Unusual mouth to say the least.

O- I like this one as a change up. It's heavy and nutty at a wonderful price point. Will definitely buy for the cellar

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with......... roast beef with root veggies and gravy ooooooo good!

Enjoy

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

Pours a chocolate brown colour, leaving a thin, tan head that lingered throughout. A decent bit of lacing too.

A solid nutty aroma, with some dark fruit and light hop as well.

One of the better dark ales in Ontario - flavorful (malts, nuts, dark fruit, a bit of spice and bread) and highly quaffable. Was a bit overcarbonated on draught, but it settled nicely about halfway through the pint.

Good stuff, well worth a try!

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a gift.. definitely a complex brew with a lot of yeast and malt character to it. Some raisins, some charcoal, some wheat- reminds me of one of the Magic Hat Odd Notions a few years ago that I used to like.

Very smooth on the palate and very clean fermentation with little in the way of esters, besides a very slight buttery taste that complements the malt nicely.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The overall character of the cask version is very similar to on-tap. Quite clear with a nice chestnut brown colour. Good head retention. Malt is much more prominent with even less contribution from the hops. Toffee and caramel with a bit of chocolate. The low carbonation seemed to emphasize lightness in the body. Quite drinkable and good for a session brew.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.04/5  rDev +6%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bryehn
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the cask version, dry hopped. Pours a slightly hazed brown/red, small off white head forms, nice lacing. Smell is spicy floral, caramel, chocolate, slightly nutty and grainy, some roast in the finish. Taste is chocolate and nuts, citrus and floral in the finish, some roast. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, nice and smooth. Not bad, little bit different from the normal version, nice to try.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Bucky's roaming minion, he was able to sample a 341 ml bottle of Stone Hammer Premium Dark Ale ("PDA"), direct from the brewery's on-premises retail store. PDA came in a brown bottle with no visible production or "best before" date, and was 5.0% alcohol by volume.

PDA poured a dark brown mahogany colour with some deep ruby hues visible when held up to the light. Pouring produced a thin, short lived tan coloured head, which rapidly faded to a thin film, leaving no spotting or lacing down the glass. Its aroma was pleasant and mild...burnt malts with coffee and chocolate aromas noticeable. The taste was of dark malts up front with mocha notes, and a mildly bitter, nutty finish that lingered for just a few seconds after swallowing. I would describe PDA as medium bodied, with a modest carbonation that works well for the beer. Overall, a very nice, mellow dark ale that I would certainly drink again. My only complaint would be the lack of any head on the beer despite a fairly aggressive pour.

Rating 7.85/10

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown amber and perfectly clear. Big bubbles and a small tan head that slowly makes its way down. Looks nice an healthy.

Aromas are distinct. Very toasty and very nutty, husky, toasted grains, some sweetness to the malts. Think of pine nuts in a hot skittle on an autumn afternoon camping.

Taste stays with the great aromas and delivers a wonderful nutty (pine nut, toasted peanut, toasted pumpkin seed) flavour, more roasty grains come out here, dried leaves, sweet malts balance underneath. Very earthy and organic. Touch of sulphur.

Beautiful flavour profiles that should get you to thinking about the outdoors, the pioneers and old timey pubs. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stonehammer Dark Ale looks like liquid brown sugar. It does have bright filaments that form in the light, however, and make me think more of maple syrup. Either way, my sweet-tooth has perked up. Its complexion could use a bit of a polish but its clarity is absolutely flawless. Its head deflated quickly and left the surface (and the glass) virtually bare.

This is the kind of smell that I imagine steeped the brewhouses of nineteenth century England. The toastiness of these malts has a kind of mustiness that is sweet but faintly sooty like the draft that flows out from the fireplace. There's something about these brown malts (and the much faded hoppy earthiness) that smells somehow antiquated.

A good mild will never taste mild. It may be mild in alcohol content, and hence the name, but as a whole this is a style that is typically packed with great flavours. Toasty, grainy breads, smothered in nutty sweetness and earthy hoppiness. It has a kind of sooty, negligibly roasty element like that of a dark cocoa that was made with mineral-rich water.

The ale yeast disguises surprisingly little of the malt's nutty, toasty sweetness; fruity esters are relatively few and far between for the style. While purists will argue that its 5% alcohol content disqualifies it as a "session" candidate, I really don't know how much more "sessionable" - in the sense that I would *want* to drink it all night - a beer could get.

If it is impossible to transplant the charm, character and conviviality of the traditional English countryside pub to North America, at least we can enjoy the flavour of a good dark mild ale that brings back images of such a place. I feel most fortunate to have a brewery offer such a thing so close to home. I'll be sure to thank them with many repeat purchases.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re-review. Haven't tasted this fine beer in at least a couple of years. Purchased a 473ml can from the LCBO and served cool into a shaker pint. Cost was $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - clear, dark ruby in color and topped by a finger or so of tan head. Few visible bubbles, but certainly seems like an easy to quaff English beer in appearance. Some sparse lacing left behind.

Smell - straightforward, lots of nuts and aromatic dark fruit, some cherries, prunes, plums and a hint of pear.

Taste - quite nutty, with some hints of fruitiness like alcohol soaked cherries, before turning slightly bitter on the conclusion.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light carbonation not gassy. Easy to drink, and certainly something that could be quaffed in great volume over the coarse of an afternoon.

Overall - quite flavourful, easy to drink, lower ABV, what's not too love. One of the best takes on a Classic English style ale by a North American brewer.

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Photo of Blaze_Infernus
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What?

Aroma was mainly chocolate with a touch of sweet coffee.

Looked copper/red/amber in colour. A little bit of a haze if you really take a good look in good lighting. It left some good lace.

Tasted chocolate. Roasty-toasty, sweet, bready malts. Kind of nutty. Maybe a whispered hint of floral hops in there somewhere too.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Light to medium bodied. Soft, fine carbonation was done in moderation.

Overall, I think that this is a great and sessionable brew. Try it!!

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