Brewed by Stonehammer Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Guelph, Canada


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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
341 ML refrigerated bottle purchased from the F&M Brewery in Guelph. Pours dark ruby brown/black with a decently thick white head. Sweet rich malt aroma with a bit of chocolate, mildly carbonated. malty and smooth. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
Draught @ Hostex: Pours deep amber-brown, almost like a cola, with a good sized spotty foam head. Surprising hoppiness in the aroma alongside the expected caramel malts. Flavour is softer than you might expect after the aroma, but man is it good. Caramel sweetness, a pleasing nuttiness, and light hopping. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tessic (933) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2006
This dark ale is one of my favourites. Just discovered about 2 weeks ago, it pours a deep orange/red colour with a off white foamy head. To the nose it has roasted malts and nuts with a little fruit. First taste is nice and roasty with the malts and some hop shining through. Maybe a little coffee too. The palate is nice with nore roast and a little smoke to finish off. Very Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Cask pint at ??C’est What??. Really nice deep brown pour with a bit of flat-lying tan foam. Nice aromas of toffee and citric hops and cocoa and nuts. Taste some nice chocolate and nuts followed by a later hop bitterness that just cinches refreshment over the light sweetness. Great feel! Supposedly best on cask conditioned. ** following time ** very odd pint with flavors that worsen into peanutty bitterness and green apple peel, not a graceful death of a cask. ** re re rate CASK at only, so good, caramel and toffee with bitter english hop, bock-like barnyard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007
nice roasty malt nose, flavour is much of the same. Good balance between the roasty malt, and slight caramel notes. Great finish of caramel, i like this alot!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yumyum (217) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2008
rating partially biased since I had this from a cask which I love. Aroma mild and the flavour was a little weak perhaps with some caramel and nuttiness. however the mouthfeel was very nice. Noy really one to savour so much but I actually enjoyed it overall. Probably would have gotten a lower rating had it not been cask conditioned

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2003
Easy drinking, uncomplicated beer. Very little carbonation, slightly sweet hoppy and caramel flavour. Finishes with little or no taste. Will have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6583) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Cask, dry hopped @ Volo. I expected this one to be a bit darker. Slightly cloudy gold, creamy off-white head. Nose is light caramel, dusty malt, some vanilla. Flavori is caramel, vanilla, dusty malt/caramel finish. A bit of fruitiness.

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