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Box Steam Dark & Handsome

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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A smooth, creamy beer with hints of lemon and subtle blackcurrant and liquorice undertones. A sweet start and finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsandBolts (111) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (217) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuperTiti33 (612) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Brune. Beau collet beige. Fruité. Caramel. Belle amertume. Café choco (doux). Mince. Légère mais bien. ginger,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (465) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (118) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cargo150 (782) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (573) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Deep dark ruby body, medium latte head with good retention. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, black currant, licorice, metallic notes. Taste is malty: toast, caramel, dark chocolate, berries. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (712) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours ruby/caramel with a half finger, khaki head. Aroma has nice notes of caramel, fruity yeast esters, bread, and hints of roast and chocolate. Taste is balanced. Caramel, bread, slight roasted/chocolate malts, and a drawn out finish. As it warms up you get a lot more roast, dark fruits, and chocolate. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall drinkable. Flavours could be a little bolder but still well crafted.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RhetoricalAns (368) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle. Black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate and licorice. Taste is similar but has some light sweet citrus notes. Body was semi thin, felt it should have been fuller.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lesifflebiere (1355) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Bien brune, allures de cola, semble mi-épaisse, elle a des relents de caramel, de sucre cuit et de boisé en nez. Carbonatation faible. La bouche est assez ronde, assez goûteuse, avec une finale qui penche presque vers une amertume, mais qui redresse vers le sucré des malts à la toute dernière seconde. Simple, directe, savoureuse sans être complexe, un bon exemple du genre, une boisson automnale qui se déguste avec une pointe de nostalgie.


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