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Box Steam Dark & Handsome

Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3888) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle - 500ml. Pours a dark brown body with average carbonation and a thin, off-white frothy head. Good malty aroma with roasted cereals and some chocolate hints. Its rustic, well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries grainy and coffeeish notes. Ends with a decent bitter/roasty finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1876) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
Bottled. Dark brown, big beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke and nuts. Taste of the same. Very smooth body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (637) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2016
2016/08/28 - Bottle from A17. Pours a clear ruby brown colour with a creamy, off white was that lingers and leaves moderate splotchy lacing. Aroma is cocoa, toffee, blackberry jam, toasted bread, light wood and a hint of smoke. Taste is roasted/smokey malt, cocoa, coffee, more jam and ash. Mouthfeel is medium and slick with smooth carbonation and a drying, slightly chalky finish. Rather drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
500 ml bottle. Cocoa and fresh coffee aroma. Very dark brown in colour (almost black) with a small yellowish head. Coffee, cocoa beans and licorice flavours - quite sweet. Medium oily body. Long and sweet malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChadPoole (315) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Pours dark brown with a small tanned head. Aroma is dark fruits and sweet malts. Flavour is toasted malts, dark fruits  and a hint of toffee. Medium body and low carbination. Good beer for sitting around relaxing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portwood (185) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: coffee, malty, toffee, dark fruits. Taste: medium body & carbonation, hint of liquorice. Finish: bittersweet, toasted nuts, ashy dry w/oak char note. (tasted, 04/28/16, bottle BB Jan17)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1825) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle to stange like glass Consummation: Bacony, acidic, soy malts Adjunct: Reddish brown with a thin light tan head, medium bodied and a little warm; smells of bacon and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (486) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear chestnut brown with a small mocha head. Aromas are dark fruit, wood, and molasses. Tastes are ripe fruit, some toastiness, and crystal malt. Medium body and carbonation, medium warm and bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2015
Pours clear deep brown/red with a short lived off-white head. Nose of molasses, traces of fruit bread, and booze. Body is a tad thin and flat. Notes of strawberry, anice, and citrus peel, sitting on top of heavy roasted crystal/biscuity malts. Nutty. Bitter. It’s peculiar. Mineral and meat broth finish. I wouldn’t have pegged this as an old ale, more like a thin porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (12891) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle - Toasted malts and some toffee. Jet black/brown with a small beige head. Tons of toasted malts and burnt toasted bread.

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