Brewed by Barley Days Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Picton, Canada


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Barley Days Brewery’s Wind & Sail Dark Ale is a dark chestnut ale that unfolds its aromas under a rich, smooth head. Full of nutty goodness, and with a core of dark chocolate flavour, this fine brew helps you discover the exotic side of Canadian craft beer. Both exciting and well rounded, this clear dark ale, with 5% alcohol and a nice earthy finish, has all it takes to be a year ‘round favourite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TaktikMTL (6221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
Bouteille de 650 ml achetée à la LCBO (Kingston, ONT). Arôme: Odeur de brin de scie (?) et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux beige et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de chocolat noire légèrement acidulé. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat noir en arrière goût. (Rating #776)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10698) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2006
Dark reddish brown ale with a thin lacing off white head. To style in aroma, with nice butterscotch and caramel malt. In mouth, a decent caramel malt, with nutty notes, decent English hops, and buttery mouthfeel. A good renewal for this brewery. On tap at KBC, Sep. 30, 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2006
Shared with Mr Alain, amber in color with a sweet caramel taste . It has a small white head, the aroma of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2587) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Bouteille de 650 ml, partagé avec LadySusan. Belle couleur terre cuite, un peu de collet. Arome légèrement caramelisé, un peu fruité. Goût de fruit sûr, mais pas trop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 August 2007. TFOB. Amber brown body with a small off white head. Sweet lightly fruity aroma with a tangy malt character and light caramel. Similar tang to the flavour with light bitterness and understated malt. Very light hints at caramel melt. Average palate. Meh. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 <P>May 2006. Draft @ C’est What FOSB. Dark amber brown body , small white head. Light fruity caramel malt, muted buttery undertones. Lightly earthy, caramel malt flavour. Average palate could be a bit more full for my liking but is adequate. Decent. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
Not great, but not as bad as some feel. Reddish, too sweet malty aroma. A hint of dark chocolate in the taste. Finishes fairly dry and clean. Would I buy it again - in a pinch. But I’ve had much worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7338) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 Dark copper, almond head. Dark caramel, brown sugar nose. Nutty caramel flavours, hints of chocolate. Nicer this time around (previous score from 2006 = 2.6).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
asheft (2623) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2006
Seb brought this bottle to the Jan, 2006 MontreAlers meeting. It’s really not good. Smells like a new car interior mixed with some raisins. Tastes like radiator water mixed with boiled leather. Moderate bitterness, light to medium body. Orangish amber.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2006
Uninviting aroma features leatherette and shoe polish. Clear amber coloured body with a low, off white head that recedes to ring. Taste follows the flavour along with graininess and some wierd oxidized cardboard character. Medium body with low carbonation. Bottle sampled at the MontreAlers Jan. 2006 meeting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Rerate: Draught at ’C’est What? Festival of Small Breweries’. Pours a clear amber with a small diminishing white head. Mild aroma of honey, a little fruit, grain and light hops. Flavour’s pretty much the same: grain, fruit, caramel and light hops. Average bodied. A simple yet average beer. Better the bottled version I originally had though.
Original rating: 2.2
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a cloudy auburn with a spare white head. Aroma is a little sour with some sweet malt lingering in the background. The flavour’s nowhere as good as the aroma (and it wasn’t very good to begin with!) and doesn’t seem to be as infected as their Lager (or this kind of beer masks it better) -- either way, it’s still crap so just avoid their beers all together. What’s with this brewer?

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