Sunday, 28 August 2011

Stone Hammer Dark Ale

F & M Brewery's Stone Hammer Dark Ale hails from Guelph, Ontario.  It is sold in 341mL bottles and weighs in at 5%.  The Dark Ale pours a handsome clear brownish colour with a moderate amount of frothy, cream-coloured head that laces nicely.
The aroma is quite sweet, with notes of caramel and a faint smokiness.  The taste is rich and warm.  It starts sweet and becomes progressively more bitter.  Caramel flavour is present initially, giving way to a slight hoppiness.

This is a really nicely put together little brew.  It has a considerable amount of character, but remains surprisingly drinkable.  It looks nice, tastes great and leaves you wanting more.  I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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