MadIndian (2265) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of a trade. Some nice things about this brew. I like the roasted slightly charred flavor. While I did notice the lemon, it wasn’t overbearing, and the liqourice added to the finishing touch. Nice.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, LCBO. Dark ruby red with a creamy tan head. Really nutty sweet aroma, excellent. Taste is sweet and nutty as well and the body is very creamy. Some dark fruit up front as well. I’m not sure about "old ale" but this one is an excellent brown ale.
solidfunk (2780) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells nutty with a little swampy malt. Pours mahogany with good creamy head and good lacing. Aroma pretty much of nut and a little roast malt. Taste is a little bitter with slick palate and average carbonation. Not bad. Bottle.
Hateball16 (105) - - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Almost opaque and black until held up to light when I get some lovely ruby highlights. Thick frothy light brown head, which does not endure but leaves nice lacing as it fades.
Aroma: Coffee, licorice, smoke. Gorgeous (I find Box Steam beers always have great noses). No discernible hop aroma.
Flavour: Freshly ground coffee with a nice bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel: Moderately low carbonation, well balanced in terms of malt and hop bitterness, warming and creamy.
Overall: Wonderful ale, somewhere between a dark lager and a mocha porter. Box Steam continue to impress.
Lagerboy (1019) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkest amber brown, creamy mocha head fades. Dark chocolate, burnt malty aroma. Bittersweet dark chocolate malts, roasty and robust, yet light and easy to drink. Black liquorice, subtle fruitiness, coffee and toffee. Lightly carbed, light-medium bodied, lightly hopped. Sweetens as it warms. Finishes lightly bitter and malty sweet. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
sebletitje (6230) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle, BB 08/2013.
Cuivrée, col fin beige, café au lait.
Arôme est malté sur un beau bouquet torréfié, grains, qcq pointe houblonnées/citronnées.
Palais est malté présentant un léger côté café qui est directement suivit de cette brève amertume qui confère une note citronnée légère en fin de bouche. Je note aussi à l’ajout du malt ce côté baies/fruits des bois noirs.
Ici encore, facile à boire, légère.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
second from this brewer and another good one. Rich and tasty, smooth, really enjoyable.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich mahogany in colour with a thin very quick to dissipate tan head, no lacing. The aroma is quite sweet with some molasses, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, some marshmellows. The flavour is roasty, bitter, good amount of chocolate, smoke. Roasty mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, roasty, sweet.
I like this one quite a bit, an easy drinking lighter porter for sure.
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on January 9, 2011.
Best before August 16, 2011.
rauchbier (3548) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, from Rhythm & Booze, Brigg. Deep ruby red, almost black, thin shortlived off white head and low condition. Low fruity berries and slight chocolate in the aroma, initially bitter in the mouth, dry and quite thin but with some chocolate sweetness briefly trying to assert itself, finish is again bitter and dry with some traces of berries.
cards04 (1390) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby/black. Aromas of roasted malts, lemon, some chocolate and anise. Very creamy on the palate. More roasty flavors, citrus, and a touch of sweetness from chocolate. Good.