tmongoose (928) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle left over from a tasting..brown color but not opaque...very very sweet malty brown ale flavor. you can taste the nutty texture but the sweetness takes away from it..2nd and 3rd taste is still just as sweet as the first...its ok at best not one i would go after.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours dark ruddy brown with a creamy 3 finger light tan head. Aroma of sweet, more than mildly roasted malt with some herb/hop presence. It is more sweet than bitter. I hope this is not what is considered balanced, as it’s definitely short on bitter to me. Sort of a thin, rough Newcastle Brown? Drinkable.
OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tapping The Vine beer panel. I’ve tasted all of the Nova Scotia series from Alexander Keith’s and this is the best, but that’s not saying much at all. Some hints of chocolate in the nose, as well as molasses. Some Molasses and raisin in the taste with a little bit of hops in the background. O.K.
beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a garnet red. Aroma is caramel with a small hint of chocolate. Initial taste is syrupy. Some spice in there. But this could do with more carbonation and more hop balance. Better than the pale ale but not as good as the AK lager.
Chad9976 (1018) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Alexander Keith’s Irish stout glass.
Appearance: Dark maroon with some transparency. Forms a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing. No carbonation present.
Smell: The first AK beer to actually have genuine aroma. Very sweet like soda with maple syrup and caramel being the most prominent.
Taste: By far the most robust beer in the Alexander Keith’s lineup, although that’s not saying a lot. Yes this beer is very flavorful, but it’s because it tastes more like a soda than a beer. Massive maple syrup, caramel and toffee flavors here. Taste noticeable artificial as if high fructose corn syrup or aspartame or some other chemical was responsible for the syrupy flavors rather than anything truly organic.
It’s plenty flavorful and the sweetness is enjoyable - if you’ve got a sweet tooth. I usually love sweet beers, but this was a little obnoxious. It becomes cloyingly sweet halfway through, which is a shame since a more authentic brown ale palate lurks beneath the candy-like taste here.
Mouthfeel: Thin, tepid, somewhat soft but not watery per se.
Drinkability: While not exactly the kind of beer you’d want to chug, this beer does go down quite smooth. The sweetness never lightens up, though, so it’s just as lively on the tongue at the end as it is as at the beginning. The 5.4% ABV seems a tad high, but I don’t think this is truly a session beer despite the style.
Overall, an above average beer, but an amazing beer coming from Alexander Keith’s. If they would turn down the sweetness and concentrate on genuine brown ale style they’d have a winner instead of an also-ran.
thegreenrooster (2975) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is roasted nuts with some cocoa and sugar. Flavor is roasted malts with some sweetness. Finish is really sweet. This was ok for a brown ale.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz Bottle - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Brown in color, clear with a thin white head. Good malt and hops balance. Some dark malt characters come out in the beer. Nice and light and easy drinking everyone can drink beer.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. "Nova Scotia Style" trickery...brewed in St Louis. Amber-brown, frothy off-white head laces the glass. Nutty, somewhat fruity malt aroma. Medium bodied, some burnt caramel Dunkel tones, some questionable pungent maple tones. Simple and subdued, easy to put away, with a raisin finish. Unimpressive.
GT2 (7033) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL. Pours a clear russet amber with a healthy yellow head with nice retention and webby lace. Nose is brown sugar, mild bread and honey. Taste is full and rich with lots of banana bread, sourdough bread, burnt sugar and caramel. Palate is fuller and oily. Very nice.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle). Pours dark amber with tan head. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, milk chocolate covered berries, and some biscuit. Taste is sweet malt and little hop bitterness. Thin bodied with slick texture. Smooth finish. Not bad, but I think its too sweet to be sessionable.