Alexander Keith's Dark Ale | Alexander Keith's

Alexander Keith's Dark AleAlexander Keith's Dark Ale
BA SCORE
5.6%
Liked This Beer
2.72 w/ 72 ratings
Alexander Keith's Dark AleAlexander Keith's Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada
keiths.ca

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
72
Liked:
4
Avg:
2.72/5
pDev:
22.43%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev +10.3%

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of SebD
2.71/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev +47.1%

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev +10.3%

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2.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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1.8/5  rDev -33.8%
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...

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2.51/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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3.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at one of the many proliferating local Canadiana-themed watering holes.

This beer appears a clear, very dark cola colour, with one finger of tight, thin creamy pale beige head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it ebbs away. It smells faintly of roasted malt, and not much else. The taste is lightly toasted nutty malt, a bit of powdered chocolate, and faint weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, though a bit prickly, which renders the body just short of smooth. It finishes off-dry, with some astringent nuttiness.

Definitely the best of the lot as far as this brewer is concerned. More of an English Brown Ale, and pretty plain all the same; still, I found this adequately drinkable. Huh.

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2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of marty21
3.26/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a 1 finger tan head that settles to a thin cap for a bit but eventually stays as a ring around the glass. It left decent lacing on the glass.

S: Not a very strong smell but it's roasted malt and a little sweetness.

T: Pretty thin taste but I get roasted malt taste.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body.

D: If you're looking for a beer full of flavor look elsewhere. But when you're somewhere that basically only has macro choices it's a good way to go.

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3.83/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on draft while in Ontario for business this weekend. Looked inviting, with a nice creamy head. Smell was mostly roasted malts. Taste was very good, a nice thick flavorful ale, similar in some ways to draft Guinness, but without the ashy characteristic. This is a great beer to kick back during a sporting event or while chatting with some friends at the pub. Much better than other Alexander Keith's brews I tried this week. I'd drink this with regularity if it was in my area.

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1.56/5  rDev -42.6%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one in a bar that has a pretty lousy beer selection and I have to say that it wasn't bad. It is certainly an ale and a very dark one at that. Kinda tastes like a Schwarzbier in its roastyness. The beer has a decent mouthfeel and more flavour than I expected. A little too carbonated and not totally balanced but pretty drinakble and low in ABV to boot

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Photo of DrJay
2.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of prosper
3.58/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a dark reddish brown.

Smells faintly of malts and a whiff of fruity esters. No hops.

Taste is decent. It's definitely an ale, with some medium caramel flavours, fruity esters and perhaps a trace of something toasty/roasty. No hop presence to speak of - in aroma, flavour or bitterness.

Small-bodied and unremarkeable.

Overall, it's definitely a session beer, not a sipper. More interesting than your average on-tap offerings.

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Beer rating: 5.6% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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