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Alexander Keiths Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale

Brewed by Oland Brewery (AB-InBev)
Style: Brown Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale is a classic full-bodied brown ale, with hints of honey and caramel balanced with a fresh hop aroma provided by the addition of cascade hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Clear with some depth of garnets and rubies under an off-white head which quickly fades into a thin collar with nothing else to show. Swirls mediocre and unimpressive.
Nose: Buttery caramel with faint apple presence in the back. Stale bread crusts along the sides.
Palate: Mild, unassuming, and unimpressive. Buttery caramel along the edges. Little to no finish. Soggy bran breads. Blech.
Final Thoughts: This was just a bad beer from first quaff to the last. Brown ale? It might be brown in color but it tastes nothing like what a well made with quality ingredients no adjuncts or chemicals added brown ale should taste like. Blech. Save your tastebuds and don’t waste your money. And for those who think “buttery caramel” in a beer is an attribute, you would be wrong. It’s called Diacetyl – look it up.
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2352) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a ni dark brown color with a gentle one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light trickling lacing. The smell had some nutty to caramel malts graced adequately with a portion of what seemed to be some delicate brown sugar. The taste was basically the same without the brown sugar. On the palate, this sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect to it. Overall, decent brown ale worthy of having again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2014
Rated on 5-13-2011 (Bottle) When poured, this beer has a small tan head, brown body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt. The taste is semi-sweet, caramel malt and lightly hoppy. This beer is medium bodied. This beer has a very light flavor and the hops barely come through. This beer is not very enticing and it is not on my list to want again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarrettB (1134) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
December 24th, 2011 - I can’t remember the circumstances that brought me bottle-to-mouth with Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brown Ale, but the occasion must not have been especially special. A clear and dark beer with the muted and quiet aroma of milk chocolate and malt, it doesn’t stand out in either appearance or smell. The flavor is certainly sweet, but shallow, and has a bit of that overripe apple sweetness that I associate with unengaging beers, and this beer definitely counts as unengaging. Still, if you’re looking for a sugary kick after a meal, or better yet during it, then this might be an appropriate option. I’ll stick with more reliably good beers like Blue Moon when and where available.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillWyce (781) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
From notes: Poured clear nut brown with a 1-finger tan head. Mild caramel aroma. Medium body, just a touch thin. Nutty and caramel malt flavors. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle. Brown pour with thin off white head. Very sweet aroma, caramel, honey and cinnamon. Very sweet flavour, more caramel and honey. No hop in the aroma and very little in the finish. I would not call this balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nappious (5) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2012 does not count
"Bottle into chilled pilsner glass. dark brown w/ tan head...creamy/sweet with a bitter caramel/toffee effect....nutty, but another one that drinks like a cola...fairly decent, but feels mass produced " I agree with all of this..... It’s like a real root-beer to me........

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2012
I’m not exactly sure what a Nova Scotia "style" brown ale is suppose to be, nor am I familiar with many Canadian craft breweries but all in all, this was one horrifically unbalanced beer. Right out of the bottle it appeared welcoming and brown with amber highlights and a nice inch of off-white foam. There was however a distinct medicinal aroma that was quite herby, a bit grassy with some notes of hay. No distinct hop aroma and no roasted aromas, yet a sweet powdered sugariness was very apparent. It tasted like it smelled, overly sweet with adjunct sweetness, tastes of either malto-dextrin or lactose sugar in its sweetness. Very little to no bitterness was present to balance the overwhelming sweet flavor. Other expected flavors for the style of a brown ale were either covered up or missing. ZERO hop aroma and flavor were present. I personally brew with Cascade hops all the time and could not pick up even a trace of it in this beer. The sweetness is definitely artificial and leaves a slickness on the tongue (diacetyl?). I paid $7 for a bottle of this and dumped 80% of it. yup, that bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3570) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle as a gift. I’m embaressed to drink this. Pours reddish brown with thin clearish white head, light lacing if any. Notes are heavy and sweet malt, dark fruit, plum, booze, nuts, weak chocolate, and rye. Too sweet to drink more than a few ounces.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a small head of foam. Smells slightly nutty with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is mild and sweet with light caramel notes. Medium to light in body with ample carbonation.

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