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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66
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Whale and Ale in Kitchener. It was cheap Keith's night, thought I'd give it a go.

Started off well. Poured into a typical Keiths glass, nice and dark, almost like a porter. Tan head, good lacing.

The smell was okay, but not very noticable. A bit of chocolate and coffee, a slight cola effect in the back. Not bad though.

The taste is where it completely fell off the rails. Bland, bland, bland! One of the poorest dark ales I've had in a long time. Only a bit of chocolate and coffee at the very beginning, bitterness at the finish; the middle was watery and boring. It literally tastes like a dark regular Keiths, like they added some dark malts to a Keiths vat and hoped for the best. I could finish it, however, and it wasn't repugnant. High praise...

Mouthfeel was thin and watery. No real redeeming factors here.

Very poor effort; not worth bringing to Ontario. Dark ale for the masses, really. It's a shame too, because there are so many better dark ales brewed in Ontario, but this one will get all the attention in pubs.

Avoid.

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ZinFanDave
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of deg
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer looks good. It's dark, the head looks good. It's too dark to see any bubbles in it. I can't smell anything though. To be fair, that could be my nose, it's never been the greatest. The taste seems more like a stout to me than a mild ale. Very coffee like. However, I note that the can does describe the beer as more of a stout than a mild. The beer felt watery to me in my mouth after a very pleasant fizzing sensation from the carbonation. I thought the beer was OK to try once.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Regular tall-boy can received as a gift along with a bunch of other brews. I guess I'm the first to review a can of this stuff.

Pours an opaque black cola colour with a rather impressive tan head, but that may just be because I screwed up and poured too quickly. Retention is decent. It seems pretty good, at least visually - unfortunately this is basically the high point.

The smell is non-descript; to be honest I can't really make out any specific odours. 'Malty' is the only adjective I can confidently use here. This is a very fitting prelude to the taste, because that's about the only flavour I could make out; roasted malts. Maybe a bit of a coffee after-taste, with a faintly bitter finish. Not repelling, but not very creative for a dark ale. The carbonation is surprisingly low - at least they did not try to use it to mask the lack of interesting flavours. It definitely has a watery mouthfeel for a stout.

It's quite drinkable, and I can see how this would seem interesting to someone who has never had anything more exotic than Keith's IPA. But in the end it's just a bland offering for the style. Dark ale for the masses? Yep - I hear you, JohnnyBarman. I won't go out of my way to buy this again.

Photo of SebD
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has an almost fully black color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of roasty malts with faint hints of coffee and chocolate and a metallic note.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasty malt character to it with faint hints of coffee, not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep, dark, chestnut brown, with very little head - basically just a film on top after a few seconds, but enough to keep lacing as the drink gets lower. With a bit of agitation, the head comes back pretty quickly... it's a fizzy beer.

Some malty, roasted odour to it.

The taste is a little weak. Even if it's supposed to be an ale, I think it needs a bit more "oomph". It has as much corn / cheap taste to me (or more) as it does anything that's coffee or chocolate... almost a bit papery, like the Birra Morena I had last week. The first few sips were a bit better - more of a taste of coffee... don't really get the chocolate. After the first few, it's not too enjoyable.

It's a bit too carbonated - almost like how pop feels in the mouth. It's not terrible, but could be a bit smoother.

It's pretty drinkable. If you liked it, it'd be easy to have a few or several, I imagine. I just don't like it enough to do that. One was fine.

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RyGlas
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of graybayou
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Wordslinger
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of muskiesman
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mick303
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the more drinkable of their beers, though mediocre for a dark ale. Pours deep brown without any lasting head. Neutral to slightly malty aromas. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, it is sweetish to begin with, but carries a small yet harsh metallic finish. I would not seek this out again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap.

Before I start this review I have to say that this is not an English Stout. Not even close. It looks like Alexander Keith's mislabelling is comtinuting with this offering. At least they changed the offical name of the beer from "Keith's Stout" to "Keith's Dark."

A - Poured a light to medium brown with a nice finger of cream-coloured head. Some visible carbonation. Not stout-like at all, but definitely somewhat dark, as advertised.

S - The nose is surprisingly interesting. Roasted malts with some sweet caramel. Enough to get me intrigued.

T - The taste is not as bold as the nose indicated. There is a solid roasted malt profile and some sweetness (caramel) in the background. A decent flavour profile.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely not a stout-like mouth feel, but similar to many porters.

D - This is a half decent beer in comparison to most of the macro beer that is available on tap at regualr bars and restaurants in the Toronto area. I would order this again but only because the alternatives are so bad. Overall this is a decent beer but not a great beer.

Photo of spinrsx
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a large frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - light chocolate, malts, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste light amounts of malt, chocolate and coffee. There is also a lot of adjunct flavour going on.. corn, grains etc. The beer comes across as thin and sort of watery. It finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a touch of coffee/chocolate.

Overall – Well, the beer looked nice in the glass.. but the taste really ruins it. Perhaps with some modifications this could be a pretty decent brew. I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of pootz
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap:

Tapped a dark brown small cap, weak lacing.

Aroma of roasted grains and sweetness.

Weak mouth feel...thin...sweet, far too sweet in an adjunct sweetness bad way...roastyness and coffee tastes are there but the weak body and mouth feel combined with the saccharine sweetness fouled this drink for me.

Photo of TerryW
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kudos to these guys for making such a fine looking beer. Great head, elegant lace, interesting to look at. After that just a regular macro style-rip ground out by the big boys trying to get a piece of the micro-styled market.

Some chalkiness and chocolate like you'd expect from the style, but understated. Thin mouthfeel. Slightly boozy nose without any of the other stuff you'd expect from a brew of this type.

Drinkable but uninspired. Too subdued.

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught sample- A dark brown that lets some light in, pours a medium sized frothy mocha cap that recedes to a thin cap. Nose of toasty malts, some milk chocolate, mild pit fruits, some hops. Flavour profile is much of the same, with the chocolate, roasty malts, a bit nutty too. Somewhat fruity, leading to a slightly bitter finish to balance out the sweetness. Pretty good actually, but seems more like a Dunkel to me.

Photo of Screwball
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of aceparadis
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Kremlock
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Alexander Keith's Dark Ale from Alexander Keith's
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