Brewed by Stonehammer Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Guelph, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Editor’s Note: Sometimes (particularly on cask) known as F& M Dark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcnally (21) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Tasted a five oz. sample, a bit light on the palate, but has a bitterness which is nice inititally but leads to a not-so-pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2006
Cask at Bar Volo. Listed as "F&M Dark (Dry Hopped)". Pours a clear dark amber with an average size creamy off-white head. I was surprised to see such a head for a cask beer. Mild aroma is nice and hoppy with some sweet malt in the background and, as HogTownHarry put it, some "nutty mossiness". Flavour follows the aroma and is quite bitter and enjoyable. Thin bodied and creamy mouthfeel. I was surprised how much I liked this, maybe F&M should always ’dry-hop’ this beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
Draught (cask). At Volo. * This was described as "Dry-hopped F&M Dark." Poured dark reddish-brown, the colour of strong iced tea, with a large lasting foamy-creamy beige lasting head. Aroma strongly of dry tea-like hops which pretty much overpowered the light roast malt, some nutty mossiness in the background. Flavour was pretty much similar, just somewhat lighter - smooth, creamy mouthfeel, slightly sour - rather like a hopped-up dunkel - very enjoyable, even as the end of the cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
On tap @ C’est What. The body seemed a bit thin for me, but otherwise it was a good-tasting brew with pleasant notes of mocha and burnt sugar. Reddish-brown with a nonexistent head. Better than your typical Ontario dark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
amber brown pour with a bit of musty bitterness and a nice solid malt that lingers well beyond the watery pour. A decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1671) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
Poured a deep chestnut brown into my pint glass. Small off white cap thay went to a ring fairly soon but it did leave lace on the glass. Aroma was pleasant; sweet caramel malts over nutty-musty tones, some fruit and grass smells. Silky body, light nutty malt tastes up front...fleeting date or raisin tones in the middle mingle with the now detectable grassy hops and nutty malt falvours, then the finish sees the nut-malt fall away and a very subtle bittering takes over. This is a very tasty and unique ale...a Hybrid, I think. Some Nut brown character with dark ale profile...nice blend....possibly the best ale from this brewer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Deep amber/brown colour, thin tan head. Fruit and toasted malt. Cherry and semi-sweet caramel. Some plumminess as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2005
On cask and tap at Volo. Light cola pour. Short tawny head. Chocolate and herb, fruity hop aroma. Palate in the cask was superior. More pronounced pepper, berries and caramel. Woody chocolate, vanilla and maybe a bit of smoke. Finish is a bit light on both models. Rating is for the cask, the better of the two by about 0.3 points.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
Sampled at C’est What’s Spring 2005 Festival of Small Breweries. Reddish-amber colour, light for the style. Aroma is very mellow, some roasty notes, a little stale. Flavour is similar - mellow and roasty, but not as fresh tasting as it could be. Mildly hopped finish. Nothing special here.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Tasted at C’est What. Reddish, dark appearance. Mild appearance and similarily non-deScript aroma. No head, but on draft. Malty slightly sweet taste, but overall nothing special.

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