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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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2787) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours very deep brown, almost black. Nice fine mocha head, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste are slightly sweet, nutty, and roasted malt. Not much hop noticeable. Very sessionable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
In short: A smooth, grainy, roasted and fruity ale with a slim body. Good beer.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed relatively fresh, 8 months before expiration date. Bottle sent to me by HogtownHarry, thanks Harry
The look: Clear burgundy body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose has a high level of roast (especially for an English old ale) with a bit of a burnt fruit cake going on. Body is a bit on the light side and that’s the downfall of the beer. There is a lot of nice things going on here but the mouthfeel was weak, even by a 5% beer standard. Roast, grainy malts, dark fruits, non-bitter chocolate reminiscent of bakery floury truffles, some coal, a bit chalky, some caramel, leafy tobacco-ish hops, mild bitterness, nice wood coal dryness in the finish. Dark & Handsome is the marketing name outside England, in England it is Dark & Without Bad Teeth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Deep brown pour. The aroma is very fruity. Lots of plum and blackberry. Fruity with a touch of soft chewiness. Sweet and fruity with a soft malt flavour through the middle. The beer has a lot of character. Very British - it comes across more like an amped up mild than any old ale I’ve ever come across. A little bit of treacle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (983) - - MAR 19, 2011
Maybe not old but certainly a decent dark ale. Pours dark (duh) with almost no head. Smoky aroma with some cocoa, coffee. Tastes of Dark Cocoa, wafer cookies, a slight hint of dark fruit (blackberries, dried blueberry). Medium carbonation, Medium body. Decent dark ale that’s nowhere near an old ale. Pretty easy to drink and just complicated enough to warrant a regular drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma hint of vanilla, cocoa with light roast, short hint of berry. Very soft pleasant feel. Smooth refreshing aromas.7+
Appearance clean dark brown with light creamy top, fizzy center.
Flavor and Palate : Medium light bodied, walls accented by dry roast. Refreshing feel with slight hints of cocoa beans. Light touch of mint at finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1225) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2598) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Clear dark brown pour. All roast in the aroma and flavor. Hints of coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 24, 2011
Not sure I’ve 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, It’s super complex, lots of stuff goin on, it’s almost overwhelming to the nostrils, I can’t 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 it’s like a well crafted islay single malt, it’s quite the aroma. The flavour is interesting, but not as cool as the aroma, it’s 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

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