SanfordBrewer (1379) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish mahogany with a lasting tan head; creamy medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: caramel and chocolate malts with hints of alcohol and bittering hops.
Taste: caramel and chocolate malt, and honey. A very faint note of cascade hops emerge as it warms.
Some adjunct character, but it blends well with the dark malts. More dark american cream ale than brown ale, but surprisingly good beer.
jebert (457) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown-red mahogany crowned by a half inch of creamy foam. Nose is malt. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Slightly sweet on the palate, malt, bread and pumpkin greet the taste buds. A very nice complement to a light supper fare- especially gouda cheese or smoked turkey.
Chad9976 (1066) - 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.
GT2 (7717) - Carlsbad, 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.
hamilton23 (592) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mediterano. Pours a very dark brown with just a bit of off-white head. Aroma is some toasted malts and just a bit of nuttiness. Taste follows the nose with a fair amount of sweetness with tastes of caramel. Not sure why this is rated so low, I thought it was pretty decent.
gregwilsonstl (920) - Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown, tan foam, medium sweetness, long finish,
I never thought I would say this sentence, but "Wonderful accentuation of nuts"
BrewDad (4601) - 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.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep chestnut color, thick dense, etiolated froth top. Tree nut aroma, essence of bark and softened brown malt. Sweet brown malt body. Maple syrup and essence of nut. Quite a nice brown ale with a subdued hoppiness. Sticky sweet brown malt finish.
Barreras (823) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mild brown color with aroma of slight caramel and honey. Taste is mildly sweet with noticeable taste of caramel and honey. A very smooth and drinkable beer especially for a brown ale, one of the best I’ve tasted recently.
Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good clearish russet colour with a short lived off-white head. Aromas of molasses and chocolate powder. Cool and chocolately with subtle mouthfeel, becoming creamy and sweet on the finish like jersey caramel. Not uncomplex, but straight-forward and charming.