Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2814) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark copper-brown with a small, quick tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts, caramel, dried leaves, and a hint of cocoa. Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation, making it a bit fizzier than I like from my dark ales. Pleasant flavour, with notes of caramel, licorice, bitter chocolate, with herbal hops and a faint suggestion of lemon zest in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
500ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on January 4, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent brown colour with a thin tan head that quickly fades to a ring. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and floral hops. The mouthfeel is medioum bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is roasted malt, grain, and some bitter hops in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
500ml bottle from LCBO. Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and toffee with a mild roasted note. Sweet roasted flavour with a hint of smoke. Finish is quite smooth. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
pours dark brown without a head. nice coffee profile, roasted malts, smoke, caramel, toffee, nuts. complex malts, aged beer for sure. light body, fizzy, microbubbly, really smooth, silky. robust porter-like, great supporting hops and long lasting grassy finish. very good old ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (1878) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Dark brown pour with a reddish tint, no head. Aromas of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, sweet spices and raisins. Flavours of vanilla, coffee, caramel, blackberries and damsons. Dried fruit in the finish. Classic old ale feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (2878) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
Nice does of roasted malts, touches of cocoa and a hint of bitter lemon. Flavor is finished with some light soy and touches of licorice. Reminds me alot of a robust porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a deep ruby, almost brown, with an average size diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, nuts and dark chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, bread, coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and a decent bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2156) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown with a medium frothy off white head. Aroma is mainly roasted malt and cardboard. Taste is dry palate, licorice and a subtle lemon. Also seems like there is a little chocolate malt in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Yeah, I have a backlog - gimme a break!! Lovely deep clear reddish-amber pour with a decent fizzy tan head (4-). Bready, roasty aroma - some light fresh herbal bitterness and an impression of freshly-roasted chestnuts and a hint of dry baker’s chocolate. Taste follows, slightly more cocoa and dry herbal bitterness, hardly any alcohol - quite well-balanced, actually. Slick, light mouthfeel, weakly carbonated, with a dry, slightly gritty bitter aftertaste. Mild for an old ale, but quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
500 ml bottle - pours cola brown, reddish right through with a short-lived two-finger tan head. Aroma dark, ripe fruits, plum, prune, some raisin and blueberry. Flavour has more of the berry fruit, blackberry, currants, some coal-tar/smoke character. Dry, almost chalky finish with a subtle pithy bitterness. Not my favourite style, but a well-crafted beer that I’d certainly drink again.

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