Alley Kat Alligator Blackened Lager

Reviewed by on January 7, 2014 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB

  • Rated On: January 6, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Alligator Blackened Lager was originally produced by Alley Kat for the Louisiana Purchase and DaDeO restaurants in Edmonton, and is now available at a few other select locations around the province.  It is made in the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager, or dark lager, a type of beer that is popular in Mexico, one might presume partly because of how it complements the spicy food.  So this offering is purported to go well with Cajun-style cuisine, given the establishments where you can find it around town.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, dark brownish amber hue, with subtle golden highlights in the dim daylight, and one finger of fizzy, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some streaky cloudy lace around the glass as it rapidly melts away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, oily, somewhat stale nuts, a bit of generic cereal graininess, and grassy, floral hops. The taste is more mildly toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, dry woody maple, and softly fruity citrus and weedy floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side, with just a wee initial frothiness, the body a decent medium weight for a lager, and pleasantly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, some faintly clammy, and increasingly sweet roasted malt lingering amongst a waning green weedy hoppiness.

A fairly good beer all on its own, and duly representative of its traditional style as mentioned above. That said, it does match quite well with the flavourful Po’Boys, corn bread, and gumbo at DaDeO, the only place that I’ve tried Alligator Blackened Lager alongside the prescribed fare.



Brady White



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