Today for Ontario craft beer week, I went out to the LCBO and bought a few cans of beers that I hadn't tried before. Muskoka Dark Ale is one of them. Dark ales were Ontario's version of ambers in the States - an entry style that first generation craft brewers relied upon. Upper Canada Dark was a pitcher beer for me in the mid-90s pre-kid days in Ottawa Valley taverns. Easy and moreish. But, as Stan noted about ambers, they can suffer from sameness and the blahs. This one, however, is a great take on the idea. It's like Theakston Peculier light. Molasses on the nose and in the mouth except a bit of Frye's dry cocoa, too. HP sauce, even. Yogurty yeast but in a good way, more rich than sour. Nice dusty texture like the cocoa was sifted in at the end. Like it a lot. Some respect from the BAers.
Ontario: Dark Ale, Muskoka Cottage Brewery, Bracebridge
Posted by Alan McLeod on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Ontario Craft Beer Week, Ontario, Styles - leave a comment