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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England

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RATINGS: 130   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.


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chris__hartley (290) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
Pours a deep mahogany, with ruby highlights; the head is an off cream billowy marshmallow. The aroma has notes of: black currant, scorched espresso, fennel (or liquorice). The taste is very bitter, that finishes bitter - unbalanced; notes of: scorched espresso, sunflower seed, over roasted-nuts. The palate is thin, light-medium body; it finishes with a dirty bitterness that is unpleasant. Overall, itís bitter water...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1588) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
Really nice beer. Nose is coffee. Up front hints of coffee, vanilla, maybe a hint of lemon. Back end hit is quite bitter. Medium in the mouth with healthy carbonation. Nice stuff overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (817) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
The name fits the beer. Nice and dark with a light tan head. Malty rich scent. Smells very sweet. Reminds me a lot of Neustadt Springs 10w30. Very thick. Chocolate, caramel and malts. Actually I think I like this significantly better then 10W30. I donít think I could drink it all night but man this is a nice treat.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thb (740) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Mmm...dark brown pour with plentiful pillowy off-white head. Aromas dark chocolate, chicory, black currant as the label suggests. Taste is a dry, bitter, toasty mix of chocolate, dark fruits. Then some bean sprouts mixed in on the finish, too bad. Nice creamy mouthfeel though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 29, 2011
Cask@Belfast beer festival. Dark beer with chocolate nose. Chocolate and dried fruit body with slightly lactic finish. Medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (827) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle purchased at the LCBO. Probably the one of the most active beers Iíve ever seen poured. Pours a dark maple syrup colour, with an enormous white head that almost falls out of the glass. Very minimal lacing left behind. Aroma is a little licorice and black current, smells a little reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Taste a little like a stout in the mouth feel, but itís super light I find too. Quite bitter on the back end as well.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
A - Chocolate, coffee and light liquorice A - Dark, almost black with thin brown head T - Sharp alcohol, and a bit sour with a dry bitter finish P - Medium to full and sharp O - O.K.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2040) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottled sample. Redish brown in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of fruity English yeast (currents and cranberries), mocha, and a bit of caramel. Fruit forward in the mouth as well, along with more mocha, minerals, faint lemon, and caramel. Medium bodied with a mineral dry finish. Normally I donít like my British style beers this fruity, but this one works. Reminds me a bit of a suped-up fruity mild ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2450) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle. Smokey aroma. Dark cola colour, a touch of red at the bottom of the glass. Taste is smokey, coffee, some bitter hops in the aftertaste. A good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
[bottle from a LCBO] Complex aroma of brown sugar, green apples, and mocha. Almost opaque dark garnet with an off-white ring. Sweet smoky chocolate flavour that is not quite balanced by a dark chocolate bitterness that comes in a bit later. Sweet tobacco and prune accents. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, almost sticky sweet feel and a very slightly bitter finish. Very nice, if on the sweet side.


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