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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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common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2089) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle from Bierzwerg!
Pours deep black with small head. Smell has sweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Starts with bitter roasted malts, sweet chocolate and some licorice. Goes into a very coffee’ish roasty finish with a sweet chocolatey background!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1094) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
500 ml bottle. Ruby dark brown colour with little head. Toffee and roast aroma with some dark fruit notes and some light florality. It is a medium bodied brew with some sweetness and caramel, roast flavour and sports a fast finish and watery mid-palate. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (320) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO.. Dark ruby brown pour with a small tan head that quickly fades. Nose is chocolate, dark fruits and toffee, Moderately sweet throughout with only a slight bitterness at the end. Mouth is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Decent enough.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1208) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle (6-Jul-2014) Light sweet choc biscuit malt, yeast, fruit plum aroma.Black brown, low head &suds lace.Sweet caramel biscuit malt herbal flavour.Herbal plum bitter finish and tangy stark plum aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
Burnt malt hop smokey flavour. Dark brown colour poor head and lacing. Caramel plum malt flavour. Flat palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2382) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2014
Subtle pffft as the cap comes off with a low hint of roggenbrot coming forth. Malty, sweet and savoury with inklings of toffee brittle, kelp, umami, almond meal, braised beef, Worcestershire sauce, burnt toast and that roasted bready twitch. Loving the complexity of the aroma. Settles a deepest ruby hued brown and sparkling. Lifts up a foam that depletes to a wafer of beige that weaves a thin lace. Big twist. So much malt on the palate. Roasted, heavy handed and lasting. Woody, nutty and meaty like the nose. Bitter sweet and very peppery on the swallow. Long smoky finish balanced perfectly by hints of cola, praline and burnt sugar. Body is medium with a spritzy, effortless carbonation and it just lasts. Very faint hint of beurre noire adds texture and flavour to it. a touch of dusty malt and cheap sherry. The more I drink, the more I find. This is a lovely, honest brew. Moorish, bitter/sweet and so, so tasty. A lovely beer!! (50cL, BBE 08/14, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3491) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 1, 2014
Brown bodied and small head. Dusty biscuit malts, roasted, dry, small yeast, light woody hops. Easily drinkable yet not smooth, rather cereal like. It’s nice. (50cl bottle from Beer City)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7105) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, leicht schokoladig, holzig, bitter. Geschmack röstmalzig, leicht getreidig, fruchtig.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2427) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle, black with reddish hints and a thin head, nose is roast coffee, a little red fruit, a little burnt caramel, palate is roasty, ashy and dry-bitter, with treacle toffee notes, a little blackcurrant, and a faint metallic edge in the dry and burnt-bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2013
4/XI/13 - 50cl bottle @ home - BB: VIII/2014 (2013-1041) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep purple beer, irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of mocha and coffee, grains, hay, bit nutty, caramel, toast. MF: ok carbon, medium to light body. Taste: bit sour, dark chocolate, coffee, pretty hoppy, grains. Aftertaste: citrus, quite hoppy bitterness, grains, some toast.


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