Brewed by F & M Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Guelph, Canada


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Editor’s Note: Sometimes (particularly on cask) known as F& M Dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - 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 (1591) - 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 (8510) - 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 (1009) - 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 (2901) - 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 (685) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
clear copper, thin white head. faint roasted malt aroma with a little apple and caramel. flavour follows, mildly bitter finish. nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2008 2008-07-13. Rich brown body with a quick tan head. Sweet rich malt aroma, notes of dusty malt and hints of cocoa. Touchs of cocoa return in the flavour, mild roast kissed brown ale like notes. (7+) Average plus palate for cask, lightly carbonated. Rather nice. Glad to have revisited this Ontario mainstay. 7/3/7+/3/15 - 3.5 Cask at Victory Cafe Cask Fest

November 2004. Ruby brown body, with a small white film of a head. Bit of muted roastyness and malt in the aroma. Flavour has a nice maltyness and the oddest hint of something that reminds me pleasantly of licorice or anise in the background? Touch watery in the finish. Average palate. Enjoyable. 5/3/7/3/12 - 3.0 Draft @ Bow & Arrow, Toronto</I

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