Alexander Keiths Harvest Ale

Formerly brewed at Oland Brewery (AB-InBev)
Style: Amber Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
We brewed a few small batches of Alexander Keith’s Harvest Ale, using the choicest ingredients – a combination of North American roasted malt, chocolate malt and Canadian barley malt – as well as two different types of hops: choice bittering hops, which create the robust bittering flavour you have come to expect from Alexander Keith’s and Willamette hops, which generate a rich aroma. The result is a full bodied, robust, aromatic beer with the ultimate balance between sweetness and bitterness - flavours that tantalize the senses. Alexander Keith’s Harvest Ale has a nutty taste with hints of caramel and chocolate. It is rich in colour and in flavour, which makes Alexander Keith’s Harvest Ale the perfect complement to the fall season.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintbypint (3827) - Edmonton, Alberta, - NOV 24, 2011
341ml brown bottle. Pours out a nice rich brown colour with a fast fading tan head. No lace. Grains in the nose, some sweetness, caramel. Taste has some caramel malts, grains, suggestion of cocoa, light hops. Very quick bitter note, lingering dark malts. Body is medium, typical macro carbonation. Didn’t mind this, and given the producer, it’s a good effort.

bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Beer drinking confession #412: This will probably get a much higher rating than any other ABI beer I’ve tasted, beyond what it deserves. This beer was there for me when no other beer was. On tap at Sherlocks last winter. Dark brown pour with a white/tan head. Earthy, roasted malt temperred with a hoppy bitterness. Character of almonds, chestnuts, chocolate, toffee. This beer romanced me when I was in a lonely, dark place. I owe it my life. From an unabashed ABI hater. To Keiths Harvest with love.

Viper666 (3289) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
Canette 473ml. De couleur cuivrée-brune et claire. Nez de caramel, léger de grains de malt rôti avec des notes de toffee ainsi que de faibles traces de dattes sucrées. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture aux faibles notes crémeuses. Très faibles traces de fruits (fruits foncés) accompagné de petites traces terreuses lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi rapidement d’un goût de malt légèrement rôti avec un moyen goût de caramel toffee et également des notes de pain grillé avec des traces de chocolat noir en finale. Post-goût court, composé de quelques notes rôties.

robinvboyer (4753) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Dark copper pour, tiny white head. Caramel, toffee, minerals, wet paper. Thin mouthfeel and watery. Light bitter finish with more caramel. Its decent but i cant shake the cheap macro flavor you get from the crap ingedients.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
473 ml can from LCBO, impulse buy, served cool in a tulip glass. 20JA12.

App.: Clear deep copper with a decent light tan head. Aroma: Decent sweet caramel, some raisins and dark dried fruits, a touch minty, light esters, some dark bread crust, a bit dusty, not bad. Palate: Medium body and carbonation. Flav.: A little less rich than the nose, still some decent roasted malt, light caramel/toffee, kinda fruity, biscuit, dark bread crust, a hint of rye; dry with modest bitterness and a decent “dry” toffee and toast crust finish.

A pleasant surprise. For Keiths.

JHunter (772) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown colour with medium head. aroma has hints of caramel and toasted malts which is all it has going for it. The flavour is sweet but very watered down

cfrancis (3574) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
Well I give Keith’s credit. This at least has some flavours, although off flavours are not ideal. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy beige head. Aroma is malt and wet newspapers. Taste is a sweet malts and a small hop bitterness with some copper and sulfur mixed in.

VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2011
Draft at a restaurant. A nice translucent brown with reddish reflects. Very thin white head with low retention, disappears within seconds. Smells quite sweet. Tastes sweet, with a very light chocolate and caramel taste. Somewhat earthy. I have to say this is my favorite from Keith’s so far, and quite an appreciable effort for a macro. I’d recommend it to friends who don’t know much about beer, to widen their horizons.

7xi (2) - - NOV 19, 2011 does not count
Was drinkable but boring. Smelled so promising when first opened. But extremely "watered" down and Downright disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

bortology (35) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
Commercial beer... Pure garbage. Next to no flavor from Chocolate Malt. No presence I hops. Neither sweet nor bitter.... Definatly not aromatic. The average beer consumer would find this indistinguishable from thier IPA or Blue for that matter.

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