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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (870) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thb (751) - 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.

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 (2128) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin (517) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
bottle. Pours quite dark, tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste begins sweet malts, blackberries, lemony-citrus. Strong bitter finish. Quite enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
Pours dark, nearly black, with some fading to brown around the edges. Small amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is a bit weak, but has definite malt and yeast smells, some cereal and dough smells for sure. Quite active carbonation that really enhances the body of the beer. Malt is nicely balanced with the hops, not overly sweet by any means, just a nice citrus flavour lingering on your tongue. Tasty, but not my favourite.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chris__hartley (325) - 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 (1749) - 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 (819) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3950) - 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.


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