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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England

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RATINGS: 114   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1107) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a moderate fluffy tan head. The head fades to a thin cover and leaves a tiny amount of lace. On the nose, there are big notes of caramel, molasses and fruit, along with herbal and piney hops. The flavour is fairly well balanced between sweet roasted malts and brown sugar on one hand, and delicate piney, grassy hops on the other. There are delicate citrus and berry notes as well. The finish is balanced, roasty and slightly bitter. On the palate, it is medium-full with a slightly dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a pleasant dark ale in the English style. A bit light in body, but a nice session ale for colder weather. 2011-03-07

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2216) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Brown bottle from the LCBO with a best before date: 16 AUG 11. Was expecting a thick stout with a name like that, but no. Just a dark brown cola-looking with red highlights and quite see-through. The head was big, creamy, foamy, off-white, had decent retention and small amounts of lace. Tiny bubbles active carbonation. Again, was expecting roasted malts, but was more on the hop side of things. Sweet malt, kind of like brown sugars that were burnt a bit. Hints of molasses and vanilla. Medium-bodied and pretty fizzy. Some roasted malt comes out in the taste with notes of hop bitterness, coffee and butterscotch. Overall, pretty mild and thin. Decent drinkability but was not expecting the hop to take over the malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Clear dark brown pour. All roast in the aroma and flavor. Hints of coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 24, 2011
Not sure Iíve ever had an old ale.....Pours a mahogany brown with a short lived off white cap. Wow! the aroma is really something on this one, Itís super complex, lots of stuff goin on, itís almost overwhelming to the nostrils, I canít really pin to many things, the guy under me is saying tobacco and I can totally see that, it reminds me of a graycliff platium limited edition I had a while ago, leather, a little touch of smoke, in some ways itís like a well crafted islay single malt, itís quite the aroma. The flavour is interesting, but not as cool as the aroma, itís like a standard malty profile, but gone sour....in a good way...sorta....not getting the dried fruit or raisin that other ppl noted. The palate is dry and woody, reminds me of the old dubh beers by Harviestoun

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2858) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (966) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1236) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4159) - Quťbec, 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (1930) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3005) - 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.


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