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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Brown AleAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale
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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Brown AleAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ktrillionaire on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stein glass.

Look - deep root beer brown color, with about half a finger of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very sweet and malty smelling. Maybe a hint of caramel or brown sugar.

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty tasting too, with the brown sugar or maple sugar being felt more at the back end of the tasting. Not much of an aftertaste. Texture is fairly well-balanced, but leans more toward the watery side.

Overall - not very complex or intriguing, but still tastes nice. Would probably be very nice on draft.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Alex has moved to St. Louis, no longer that oddball cult IPA that many have talked about. Intensely sweet, a bit off-kilter but still resists being undrinkable. Some dryness would help a lot, and more depth is needed in the malt department, as that sweetness stays around.

LOOK: Chestnut brown

SMELL: Sweet, caramel, brown sugar, hermit cookies, herbal hop

TASTE: Full bodied, smooth, very sweet, toasted grain, caramel, nou- gat, cake batter, mild bitterness

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Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, clear, chestnut in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: light nutty smell

Taste: big caramel malts, sugar, syrup, and a touch of nut

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body, very sweet with a touch of bitterness in the back

Overall: A sweet, light, and drinkable English Brown Ale. Worth a try. I will probably go back to this several times for fond memories of Nova Scotia, yet if I did not associate this brewery with my trip there, I would most likely pass after one.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Bready, estery nose
Pours a nice clear chestnut brown with a 2" finely bubbled persistent off-white head
The palate offers rich malt flavors with a little caramel. the esters on the nose do not show up on the palate. It is a touch sweet and a touch light on hops.
Medium body and carbonation - a fairly medium beer.

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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear chocolate liquid with faint auburn highlights and an active finger of desert sand foam. Average retention, sandy lacing, glimmering fast running legs.

Sweet, grainy aroma with hints of toffee and caramel.

Caramel, well toasted malt, and faint chocolate/coffee notes on the palate. Not-quite-moderate bitterness with a just-discernible hop flavor. Finishes medium-dry with hints of cola and candied nuts.

Quite light bodied, with a spritzy quality despite the carbonation being on the low-end.

A pleasing easy-drinking Northern-style brown ale.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly a brown ale here, clean and brown in tone with decent foam and no lace.

Nose is sweet and maple-like. Not really impressive.

Flavor is sweet and malty, with hints of fall leaves and maple. Not much complexity here, just an over-sweet malt bomb. Not a favorite.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale
$1.69 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

I was quite surprised at how fruity Alexander Keith's Brown Ale was. Just smelling it I found sugary caramel and lots of fruit, but in the flavor it was loaded. It's not sharp or tart at all, but more berry-like with juicy apple. And to be honest, I didn't find much more. There's a little bit of leafy/grassy hoppiness floating around in the background, but that's it.

So, what else to say?... It's really nicely caramelish, but it lacks any real chocolate or cocoa flavors - not that that's a flaw, but that's what's there. It's definitely sweetish, but it's not cloying. And the fruitiness is pleasant, but it's not expected in such a full way.

Overall it's an enjoyable, refreshing pint but I don't think it has enough character or balance to keep you coming back for more than one or two servings.

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Photo of tempest
2.57/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer smelled promisingly with a caramel candy and toast aroma, but on first sip I was immediately hit by a cloying sweetness that reminded me of Saranac's Caramel Porter. Woof. The flavor was a simple fruity caramel and maple with a touch of grain husk. This beer might not be bad for mixing into a dessert, but it's too sweet for me to finish the bottle.

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Photo of Gmann
2.66/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tight, creamy off-white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of toasted grains and a raisin/oxidized scent. Not really what I was expecting for a brown ale. Not really much going on here.

The taste is of a bready malt, light toast with some honey sweetness. Not as grainy as in the aroma. However the oxidized notes are still there. There is a fairly strong raisin/prune flavor which is odd for an american brown ale.

The feel is very light, almost watery, with very fizzy carbonation. It drinks easy due to this. Sweet overall on the palate.

The aroma is off, the flavors not quite there and the body is very thin. Doesn't really live up to the style. Plus the oxidized flavors appear to be a flaw.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a chocolate-brown, has a thick foamy head that leaves lacing. Medium-thin mouthfeel, average level of carbonation. A bit bland, just has a lot of sweetness to it, some caramel and raisin taste like Spaten Optimator, but highly drinkable, seems light-bodied. Nothing special, a decent beer at $7.49 for a six-pack. I'd buy it again, but it isn't impressive.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown/amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is also somewhat mild, malty, slightly sweet, a touch of hops is in there, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 110948BF13. Sampled on April 27, 2011. It pours mahogoany brown to reddish with little to no head or lacing. The aroma comes on strong with sweet malts with a little Canadian yeast as a chaser. The body isn't too bad as it comes in smooth. The taste is also very sweet like molasses with this back-end thin hop bite that balances it out in good order. A nice enough and easy to drink brown ale but maybe a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Liamlovebeer
1/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of echoes
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a dark copper (redish/brown-amber) color with very little carbonation visible. Head is a sandy hue. It looks exactly like the head on root beer float. The very thick head takes a while to go down and leaves somewhat of a latticework of lacing.

S: Sweet. fruity, nutty, malty and caramel smells. Smells a lot better than a lot of beers.

T: Same as the smell. Can also make out some spices towards the end. Perhaps also brown sugar and maple syrup. Fairly sweet but not too sweet. Hardly any hops detectable = no bitterness and no unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied. Smooth. Very satisfying.

O: I quite like this one a lot. Some might find it too sweet, but I don't think it is and I don't think what sweetness it has is a drawback in any way. It has a nice maple/brown sugar sweetness quality to it. Reminds me a bit of Newcastle Brown Ale but sweeter and with more spices. Oh yeah, those spices are a nice touch!
I say give this a try.

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Photo of kkoz
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: It’s hard to tell since it was in this plastic cup, but it appeared to be light brown and slightly orange in color, and it had a decent sized, creamy head on it, which stuck around for a little while. There was a bit of a caramel malt and nutty aroma.

Taste & Feel: It seemed to have a creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a medium to full body. It had a light nuttiness and sweet caramel maltiness, along with some hints of honey and maple syrup. The nuttiness came through a bit more in the finish, with a decent amount of sweet caramel and bready flavors.

Food Pairing: For some reason, when I was having this beer, I kept thinking how perfectly it would go with bread pudding. The sweetness and breadiness of the pudding would go nicely together with the nutty and caramel flavors in the beer, making for an extra complex sweet dessert.

Overall Impression: I was impressed that the solid body and nutty and sweet caramel flavors were still quite drinkable. This is definitely a beer that should be enjoyed on a cool fall day around the fire pit (not necessarily on a 90+ degree day on the golf course). Overall, I pretty good beer, but I’d wait to enjoy this till the fall.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Corpsehoagie
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think its one of the best bang for your buck six packs you can pick up at your local store. Just rich flavor very smooth, you can't wait to open another. No it can't beat the $15 4-6 packs in quality or taste, but it can hold its own against the usual six pack. Before I moved on to bigger beer distributors I always came back to the keiths at my local beer deli.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Vinny. Always comes through with beer for a bike ride, race, or weekend.

Poured into a pint, the body is a garnet brown whose clarity is crisp and clean. Thin and fizzy head that disappears quickly reaches about a cm in total height, mainly as a result of the pour.

The aroma is fair...sweet and somewhat fruity, there are some caramel notes in there, as well. A touch of grainy biscuit malt rounds it out. The flavor is more sweet and fruity than anything else, though there are still hints of caramel. My overall impression is overripe apple and pear, mixed with some cidery esters as well. This tastes a bit like a Mr. Beer experiment.

Easy to drink, but a bit too thin and a touch overcarbonated, this is a fine beer for a fall barbecue, but I would not recommend picking this up...there are far better brown ales out there.

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Photo of wcdoyle
2.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this a bit too sweet to enjoy more than one. I wanted to like it, but there are "better" browns out there. The mouthfeel is a bit unctuous, and then I was left with am overly saccharin sweetness. Felt carbonation was on the low side.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Loogs
1.75/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of steve666
4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle.
Appearance - It poured a dark amber color with minimal foam.
Smell - The smell was malty and quite appetizing.
Taste - The taste was mild and sweet with caramel notes.
Mouthfeel - The feel was smooth and silky.
Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was sweet with little lingering aftertaste. It is the current Beer of the Month at my local pub and I am sure that I will be drinking a few of them in the next week.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: cola colored with 1/8 inch off white head and no retention

Smell: Roasted malt and caramel are present

Taste: This beer is very malty and alittle sweet. Hints of caramel and nuts

Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation and it kind of stings the roof of your mouth as you drink it

Overall: The beer is just ok. It lacks flavor and the mouth feel is kind of annoying is really the only word I have for it

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Photo of Johnnyv310
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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