Brewed by Brick Brewing Company
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Waterloo, Canada


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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Looks dark, tastes light. Itís Ontarioís favourite dark lager. A dark beer that is slowly brewed with Canadian grown malted barley, specialty coloured malts, imported hops and pure cultured brewers yeast. Dark lagers are enjoyed all year long, and theyíre not as filling as ales. Waterloo Dark will cut some of the heaviness in sauce-based meat dishes. Waterloo Dark is an equally perfect beer to go with appetizers suitable for watching sports games, or used as an actual ingredient when preparing a meal. Experience what this great dark "light tasting" lager has to offer and why it has won multiple awards at the World Cup of Beer, Canadian Brewing Awards, Ontario Brewing Awards and the Monde Selection International Institute For Quality Selections.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (917) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2004
Pours a reddish black with next to no head. Scents include metalic malts and roasted caramel. Initial sip was very watery. Very little carbonation. No metalic taste but roasted malts were present. Slightly nutty flavour too. Besides the roasted flavour the palate was almost non-existant. This one was out of a bottle, I've had it on tap and was much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpikedLemon929 (6) - CANADA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
Very light tasting dark beer. Smooth with a slight malt aftertaste. The dark beer for the masses?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
Surprisingly light tasting for a dark beer. Hint of sweetness, light malt flavour. I quite enjoyed this. (And it now comes in "stubbies.")

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Deep ruby color, head went away quickly. Some roasted malt in the aroma but it was faint. Lighter malt flavor. Light to medium bodied. Not bad but could use a bit more flavor/aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Decent tan head but does not last long and little carbonation. Aroma has gone on vacation. It was there initially but quickly left for the Bahamas. Some roasted malt is all I can remember. Color is a very nice port red. Flavor is a little weak and bland. More malts with a little bit of chocolate. Not much else. Finish is a little sticky and unimpressive. Not a bad beer just bland and unimpressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
Very dark ruby with no head, but lots of initial carbonation. Chocolate and smoky aroma. Vinous with flavours of vanilla and almond. Slightly prickly mouthfeel with a full body and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 TFOB 2007. Draft. Very dark brown, with a small tan head (3+). Muted sweet malt aroma (6+). Light dark malt flavour with very light notes of ambiguous dark fruit. (6+) Average palate. Quaffable, this is pleasant but not assertive enough to take it to the next level. 6+/3+/6+/3/13 <P>Octoberfest 2000 - just a bit sweet and malty, smooth and thicker than average. 5/3/5/4/10 - 2.7

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Nice dark color,small head that faded pretty quickly.Malty aroma with the usual coffee and light to faint chocolate.There was little to no carbonation which wasn't a bad thing for this brew.For the flavor you guessed it,lightly malty some coffee tones and a semi-sweet chocolate.Not much going on here.Theres little to get excited about,even finishes with a thin feel and a mild malty after taste.I'm pretty glad i don't have to many more of these brews left it would be a shame to have alot to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Dark brown w/ quickly dissipating tan head. Mildly malty nose. Light body. Light roasted malt flavour w/ just a hint of coffee & chocolate. Finish is watery, slightly acidic, & not very bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Draught at The Village Idiot Pub. I heard that they reformulated this one recently (probably around the time that they launched the Brickman series?), so I thought I should give it another go, especially since my previous rating didnít really say much about the beer. Reddish-brown colour in the glass (lighter than I recall it being in the past) with a small tan head. Aroma is decent, with some nice nutty & roasty notes. Body is still on the thin side, a little watery. Flavour still isnít fantastic, but itís better than it used to be - there are some discernible notes of cocoa and malt, even an interesting little hit of almond, and a lightly hopped finish. Still not a favourite, but much improved.

ORIGINAL RATING: When I was younger, I used to hang out at this goth club where the only non-macro beers they had available were Waterloo Dark and Red Baron. The Red Baron was cheaper, so I would usually drink that, but on nights when I felt like splurging on a "premium" beer with "more flavour", Iíd have a Waterloo Dark. Tonight, a couple of friends were playing an electronic music night at that olí goth club, so I went there for the first time in ages, and I found that the beer selection hadnít changed after all this time. So I had both a Red Baron and a Waterloo Dark for old times sake. The Red Baron was the same macro-wannabe that I remembered, but the Waterloo Dark... well, it amazes me that I used to consider this a strong and flavourful beer. It has a touch more body than a typical macro, and the faintest hint of something that vaguely resembles a little bit of coffee... but really, itís probably just Red Baron with some colour added. [3/2/4/2/8 - 1.9]

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