Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 123   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackmetal (115) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
Hints of chocolate and vanilla while not dense or overbearing. Quite smooth actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1045) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby, verging on black, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Dark malt and liquorice undertones mix with light lemon hops and candied fruit notes to create the aroma. Preserved lemon and mandarin hops up front, followed by berry notes, lead into a body of dark, roasty malt and mild liquorice. Spiced fruits are present in the finish. This is a classic dark and smooth old ale. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4012) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
500ml Bottle poured into a UK pint sleeve on 17 Aug 2013 during a ’random tasting evening’ with myself (the wife is out and I’ve no friends). First impressions count: lovely dark body, almost black, deep ruby hue when held up to a strong light source. On top a creamy, full head that stayed the distance. Mild malty molasses in the nose, some wood and nut notes as the beer warmed in the glass. Nice balance to the flavours: semi-burnt malts at first, then a sweeter malt feel, followed by a drying hop bitterness before the malts reappear to give a dark chocolate finish. Not as complex as I’ve said, but an interesting and flavoursome beer. Good depth of body, almost creamy and rich, the hops just about preventing the beer becoming smooth: which suited my taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle B&M. Very dark with faint mahogany tones, thin off-white head, lasts well tho! Lots of roast malt/coffee on the nose, smooth malty flavours with slightly bitter hops on the finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (617) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle bought at the excellent Cross Guns, Avoncliffe, Wiltshire and enjoyed whilst watching Eileen Rose play Americana at the Little Rabbit Barn, Ardleigh. This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and fruits. Sweetness to start but with a slight bitterness joining the sweetness to finish. Little by way of carbonation. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dommod2011 (700) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Share with AndyMFT. I used to be dark but never handsome. Now I’m bald and old. Bish said I looked like Ian MacKaye the other day though and that’ll do for me. Salad days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
Dark brown ale with nice off-white head. Malty aroma. Nice bitterness and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark brown, tan head. Aroma mostly dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, black cherry. Smooth medium body. Sweet with a fruity bitterness on the finish. Uncomplicated and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (623) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Cask; dark ruby, thin head, fairly handsome; no obvious aroma; this one’s full of soft malty complexity - nutty, toasted; a light sweetness and a fairly long, gentle, bitter finish; feels weaker than 5%, this has a very soft all round feel which imparts a gentle charm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (963) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
Cask at market porter, 24th January 2013. This and smooth with a full flavour, toasty and roasty with some caramel, but fairly light

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