Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Old Ale
Trowbridge, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 136   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 14/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - 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 (903) - 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 (2182) - 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 (2910) - 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 (2776) - 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 (2811) - 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 (6103) - 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 (9004) - 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.

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