473 mL can
Price: $ 2.60
Sugar Content : 3
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Lakes Of Muskoka Cottage Brewery
This week I dropped into the LCBO on Brock Street to search for my Beer of the Week and found my search over early. I have heard good things about Muskoka Cottage Brewery and the first thing I spotted in the beer section was their Muskoka Dark Ale sitting on the shelf.
The brewery, located in Bracebridge, Ontario, has been open since 1996 and currently has a staff of 18. The regularly brew four different beers ... a Cream Ale, an unfiltered Hefe-Weissbier, a lager and, of course, the Dark Ale which I am trying today.
Muskoka Dark Ale recently won a Gold medal at the 2009 Ontario Brewing Awards in the Dark Ale category. Knowing this, I was anxious to give it a try.
The beer, which is described on the back of the can as a "Southern English Brown Ale", pours a very dark brownish colour. There is no seeing through this beer. It pours with a nice head and, as I was changing batteries in my camera, noticed the nice lacings left by the head. (Note to self: always check camera batteries before cracking open the beer.)
The beer has a full flavour, not heavy, just full in taste. I found it almost stout like. My taste buds are not great in identifying flavours in a beer or wine but I was reminded of carmel or chocolate in this one. There is no hoppiness detected but I gather hops are used to balance the malt in this case.
And well-done too.
This is a very nice, enjoyable brown ale and I can see why it won gold. This is not the last time I will be having this one. When I'm in a mood for a brown ale, I will be picking this one up again.
Cottage country has many good reasons to visit it. This brewery is another.