Alexander Keith's Dark Ale | Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Dark AleAlexander Keith's Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by matt7215 on 11-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

473ml can
4.1% ABV
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
February 22, 2011
The beer poured a translucent mahogany colour with a short lived bubbly head. The aroma is weak nutty malt, and some hops. The mouthfeel is weak bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is very similar to a watered down cold coffee.

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3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.33/5  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.

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