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Alexander Keith's Dark Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Dark AleAlexander Keith's Dark Ale

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 23.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously known as 'Alexander Keith's Stag's Head Stout'.

(Beer added by: matt7215 on 11-17-2008)
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Alberta (Canada)

1/5  rDev -62.4%

07-20-2014 07:27:45 | More by Howlader
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British Columbia (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

10-10-2013 22:32:36 | More by ZachT
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Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

09-09-2012 23:01:56 | More by Molson2000
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Quebec (Canada)

1.55/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light black color with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of adjunct sweetness with limited character. Taste is also dominated by light sweetness originating from adjunct. Body is way too light with average carbonation. Bland, no character and too much adjunct makes this a bad beer.

Serving type: can

12-12-2010 03:01:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

1.55/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a blackened cola color, very dark but clear when held up to the light, with ruby highlights. One inch of slightly off-white head tops things off and retains quite nicely. Laces okay.

Smells of faint grains and roast with a tinge of leafy green hops.

The taste is astringently roasty, tinny and metallic, harsh and unpleasant. Roasty and bitter and chemically. It tastes...fake. There's a cold coffee like aspect too it, but like really bad coffee from a machine. Or, worse: Tim Horton's. Really the taste is harsh. Unpleasant. Not good.

Moving on....

Very thin bodied and watery.

I drank a third of the can and dumped it.


Serving type: can

01-13-2010 00:51:03 | More by MeisterBurger
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Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep cola brown with 2 fingers of frothy and sticky beige head that leaves sticky sheets of lacing down the glass. Really nice appearance.

Faint smell of roasted malts, nuts, biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Very bland and unoriginal.

Shew. This is bad. A quickly fading roasted nutty character was about the only thing going on in the taste, asides from light biscuit and a dash of caramel.

Mouthfeel is ridiculously watery and thin with a body that's on par with their light lager. I got through about a quarter of this before I poured the rest down the drain.

This marks the worst stout I've had to date. I truly wasn't expecting much from Keiths with this offering, but this fell much below my expectations. Avoid as best you can.

Serving type: can

01-24-2010 23:02:04 | More by ludachris
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Ontario (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Don't bother with this one. It's dark, creamy, and guiness like except with a hint of burnt coffee grains as well. Not fun, but exactly what you can expect from such a beer. It honestly ruins the stout type style if people only look at this and refer to it as a proper stout. There's some beautiful stouts out there, but this is not to be included in the list...

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 06:31:04 | More by RyanBelle
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -24.8%

01-22-2012 01:13:32 | More by acurtis
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.8%

01-16-2012 18:52:25 | More by irishkyle21
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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.8%

03-29-2013 04:34:28 | More by sclitch
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.8%

11-24-2011 01:58:10 | More by oldp0rt
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.8%

03-11-2012 03:52:26 | More by Foudebiere
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Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

G: Keiths Pint

A: Dark brown, half an inch of off white head with poor retention and little lacing.

S: Faint scents of malts, chocolate and hops.

T: Chocolate is a little stronger in taste than it smells, some roasted coffee beans and hops follow. Still quite faint in flavour.

M: Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Leaves a slight dry-bitter feel.

D: I did not enjoy this much at all. It was lacking in all aspects and to boot I had this when they tried to call it a stout. I would never pay a premium price for a beer like this when there are others out there which are far better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 16:56:56 | More by Long813
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Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

on tap at the Black Badger in Cambridge ON

taps deep red, not even close to black

aromas are of roasted malts mixed with the same sweet aromas of a regular Keith's (fake) IPA.

the flavour is not very good. overly sweet with some roasted malt coming through the otherwise bland and watery body. the runaway sweetness is not held in check by anything, not hops, not carbonation, nothing.

at least regular keiths can be somewhat redeeming on a hot summer day but this mess probably shouldnt be consumed by anyone on a regular basis.

maybe try this is there is nothing else availible and you really feel the need to have a beer. otherwise avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 14:43:19 | More by matt7215
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Newfoundland (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-26-2013 00:56:36 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Alexander Keith's Dark Ale is dark brown in colour, showing ruby highlights when held to the light. It's beige head doesn't last very long and doesn't leave much lace to show for it's presence. It smells slightly nutty & faintly roasty. It barely has a scent to it at all. It tastes like Keiths with hints of coffee and caramel. Light bodied with high carbonation; feels thin and watery. It's like they took the regular Keith's recipe and threw in some specialty malts. It tastes pretty bad and doesn't seem very well thought out.

Serving type: can

02-01-2010 04:44:32 | More by mintjellie
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-15-2013 18:33:49 | More by TheBeeraholic
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-14-2013 21:41:58 | More by DaPan
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Ontario (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Good thumb of head on the poor that produced lace but didn't make it past the 1/4 mark. The body is dark, but not stout or porter dark as some hints of brown translucence appear.

Smell: Smoky malts with a hint of nutty dark chocolate. It's not bad, but it's not all that complex. It strength of fairly average, so all in all run of the mill here.

Taste: Starts with some very weak sweet malt that fails to impress. It then builds with some rich chocolate notes but then ends with an almost cigarette smokiness to it which I think the hops triggering since they don't seem to be able to make an appearance, which is a little odd for a Keith's beer.

Mouthfeel: Watery texture, and certainly not creamy in any way. Very strange for a darker beer, as the carbonation is more reminiscent of a lager and doesn't seem to help out that much. Aftertaste is thankfully subdued.

Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but in an odd way. The lack of creaminess and watered down texture seems to hide the fact that it does fill you up fairly quick. These traits don't really go well together, because as a sipper, it's too light and as a guzzler it's too heavy and rough.

Final Thoughts: I'm to understand that this was once marketed as a Stout. Much like their India Pale Ale, if this is a stout, this is the mildest, lamest stout I've ever experienced. As a Dark Mild Ale, well, I guess it fares better but it wasn't as flavourful as I'd want it to be. Stick to the IPA or the Red if you want to drink Keith's.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 19:30:23 | More by TheHammer
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2.3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whoa! Overcarbonation abounds as I poured this into my glass. The beer was very dark brown with clear chestnut edges. A dense beige cap formed, quickly falling and leaving a lot of clumpy lace on the glass. A thin layer of bubbles stuck around for quite a while. Malty aroma, a bit nutty, cola, sugary sweet, faint roast. The flavour and body were unfortunately thin, not light. The watery texture may have been partly due to copious off-gassing during the pour, leaving moderate to low carbonation behind. It was also a bit coarse, grainy, and dry, kind of astringent. The taste was comparable -- brown sugar sweetness and very low bitterness, not very appealing. After starting out relatively strong, this one ultimately disappointed.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 01:45:14 | More by DrJay
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2.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly dark brown pour with a good cream coloured head

S- Sweet caramel smell with strong malt accents

T- Kind of flat caramel taste with stong roasted malt

M- More carbonization then I expected

D- Overall a nice beer but with an interesting taste

Serving type: can

08-20-2010 23:40:16 | More by pdgreen
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tap at O'Carroll's. Cola-like appearance. Dark ruby colour, nowhere near opaque, probably a shade lighter than Guinness with a fully diminishing fizzy off-white head. Lightly grainy, very faint chocolate and roast aroma with some acidic and vinous notes. Grainy, lightly acidic start with a fruity, acidic, vinous, and lightly roasty bitter finish. Light (if I stretch it I could get as far as light to medium) bodied fizzy, almost crisp mouthfeel - very lager-like feel. Cleaner than I expected, but this borrows all the worst aspects of Labatt's Velvet Cream Porter, Guinness, and Sleeman's Original Dark. It's a dunkel that isn't a dunkel, a porter that isn't a porter, Guinness that isn't Guinness, and most importantly, a stout that bears no resemblance to a stout of any kind. I'd add American Dark Lager that isn't, but that's probably the most accurate classification for this. It's not terrible, granted, and it's better than Keith's IPA, but I didn't find it enjoyable. For InBev/Labatt/Keith's to call this a stout is a greater heresy than calling their IPA an IPA, if that is even possible. Poor old AK rolls in his grave yet again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 14:31:18 | More by Bobbyok
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2.45/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Medium brown beer with lots of carbonation and full head

S- Nothing too noticeable

T- Nothing memorable. Very thin malt and bitterness. Not consistent with a dark ale

M- Thin and watery

D- Better than most macro beers, but not work searching out

Serving type: can

01-10-2010 20:51:42 | More by jhall00
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Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown. Cloudy looking head that disappear quickly.

S: Low intensity, what else to expect. Some coffee and chocolate in there but very light. Some roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts. Don't get much of the coffee and chocolate I noticed in the smell. One dimensional beer in regards to the taste.

M: A lot of carbonation. A little bit thin too.

D: Would be high if it tasted better.

Ordinary beer.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 16:07:46 | More by ZorPrime
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New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Pint can poured into a tulip glass in two parts.

Appearance is dark ruby red to dark brown with a huge three finger pillowy mocha head. Aroma is deep caramel sweetness with a little pale maltiness. Not much coffee or chocolate here. Flavor profile also starts with caramel sweetness. Slight bitter coffee, but the nuttiness of the caramel dominstes. No hop presence. Some light breadiness in there as well. A much lighter flavor profile than an average stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little cheey. Almost heavy compared with how the rest of the beer feels. Drinkability is pretty good. The flavors are light for a stout and the ABV is more than manageable.

Overall, this beer just doesn't come close to fulfilling my expectations of a stout. The flavors are too light and uninteresting. i don't hate this beer, but it is just not great in any respect.

Serving type: can

01-26-2010 01:22:20 | More by Gosox8787
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Alexander Keith's Dark Ale from Alexander Keith's
66 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.