Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hateball16 (105) - - NOV 16, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1963) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
second from this brewer and another good one. Rich and tasty, smooth, really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2687) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1245) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottled sample from MLCC. Great level of sweetness and maltiness. Thoroughly enjoyed this one Would buy it again

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from somewhere I’m bristol. Not bad but not really a stout, more just a dark ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle 50 cl, Westholme Stores, shared with Mats. Pours thin black with a small tanned head. Aroma is sweet a bit roasted fruity berry livorice and malty. Flavor much similar to aroma, black currants and good bitternesd. Finishes bitter malty and fruity.

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