Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 139   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2206) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (821) - 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 don’t think I could drink it all night but man this is a nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thb (797) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4918) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (957) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle purchased at the LCBO. Probably the one of the most active beers I’ve 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 it’s super light I find too. Quite bitter on the back end as well.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2284) - 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 don’t like my British style beers this fruity, but this one works. Reminds me a bit of a suped-up fruity mild ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (3123) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2901) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2011
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur brune foncée et claire. Nez fruité (prunes sucrées, notes de raisins, traces de cerises et de mûres), de malt rôti et légèrement brûlé, moyen de chocolat noir avec des notes de caramel, de mélasse terreuse et de houblon herbeux. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture légèrement huileuse. Léger goût fruité (mûres, léger de cerises noires, traces de prunes et de raisins) accompagné de traces de fumée de tabac lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt rôti (faibles notes brûlées) avec un moyen goût de chocolat noir et des notes de pain grillé, de mélasse terreuse et de caramel sucré puis en finale l’on retrouve une moyenne amertume asséchante de houblon herbeux avec de très faibles traces de café. Post-goût moyen-long et plutôt sec, moyennement amer de rôti, de chocolat noir, moyen de houblon herbeux avec de petites notes fruitées (moût de petits fruits).

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