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Box Steam Dark & Handsome

Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A smooth, creamy beer with hints of lemon and subtle blackcurrant and liquorice undertones. A sweet start and finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregorymconway (206) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Dark deep brown body with a tan head and nice lacing. Earthy, wood, black licorice, plums, dark fruit and its pretty roasty. Some cocoa. Minimal hop presense, light-bodied, sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours into the glass like a cross between a porter & soda fountain cola. Foam starts with a nice thick cap that collapses quicker than the English team in the World Cup. The label is right: there’s a significant black currant presence in the flavour, almost like you swirled a tea spoon of unsweetened preserves in the glass. Finish is a bit messy. Carbonation is a little on the biting side. Pretty damn enjoyable. Thanks Mrs Tiki for picking this up for me from the liqour store. It’ll help take the edge off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
taylorderek (30) - - JAN 24, 2015
Left on counter for 25 minutes before opening. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Head is a moderate thickness and unpleasantly bitter. Body is slick and smooth with a subtle carbonation. The beer has a liquorice-y floor polish scent to it. The beer tasted bitter and a little bit sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
danielyabu (1339) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JAN 5, 2015
small frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick ruby-highlighted brown body. aroma: heavy roasted malt, dark bread, dark chocolate. if: light sweet. ff: light sweet bitter; average duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Aroma de stout.24.9. sabor bem metalizado surge como defeito. Dulçor maltado é a sua maior semelhança com o estilo, não lembra old ale – faltam características de vinho, lembrança de frutas secas, etc. bem restrita. Como stout, na média, saborosa até. Saboroso amargor com toques defumados. Metalização diminui a medida que a cerveja ganha temperatura.30 s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsandBolts (145) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a jet black with a couple of fingers of tan head. Average retention with a bit of lacing. Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, dark malt, moca. Flavours: Dark roasted malt, coffee, figs, hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel: Thin with average carbonation. Overall: A good ale with lots of roasted malt coming through on the aroma and flavour. I haven’t had a lot of olde ales but will say this seems like more of a brown ale or almost a porter. Still, it was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (238) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2014
@Hoppy Loft 9/12/2014. De visu : belle robe ocre cramoisie surmontée d’un beau col crémeux épais dégageant des fortes effluves boisées, du caramel de torréfaction, un beau bouquet fleuri, de la levure. Assez acqueuse à l’attaque, j’ai fait l’erreur de la boire comme une piquette. Mais en s’ouvrant, elle développent des saveurs maltées et houblonnées assez complexes: un caramel léger sans lourdeur offrant un petite rondeur assez grasse au palais sur des notes crémeuses avec un arrière goût liquoreux accompagné de saveurs acides de barrique, de grain, le tout finissant avec une amertume gentillement acre. La petite acidité la rend assez désaltérante. Bel équilibre entre maltage et houblonnage avec une garde qui rend cette bière très goûteuse si on prend le temps de lui rendre l’hommage qu’elle mérite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuperTiti33 (716) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Brune. Beau collet beige. Fruité. Caramel. Belle amertume. Café choco (doux). Mince. Légère mais bien. ginger,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (527) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
More please! This is a real treat and a slug that truly matches what it claims to taste and smell like. Very noticeable scents of raisin and currant with traces of citrus zest, burnt toffee, licorice and subtle roasted malts. Glorious looking in my snifter with an appearance much akin to a Porter, darkest brown, almost opaque with ruby hints, capped off by a very light tan head that lets its lacing linger. Taste is bittersweet, very balanced and leaves a fine aftertaste of roasted bitterness and sweet licorice. A nice mid-full texture with mid-soft carbonation, this brew is a nice potent treat on a cold Canadian afternoon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours black with thin white head. Aroma of blackcurrant, Dr Pepper and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, cherries and cocaoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cargo150 (891) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Couleur noir laissant passé des reflets brunatre avec un col beige plutot résistant et respectable. Nez de chocolat, café,caramel, des notes boisés et terreuse. En bouche c’est très mince, ca manque un peu de corps, les notes de chocolat,café caramel et de terre resorte du lot. Ca se boit très bien mais ca manque de finesse et de complexité.

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