Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Porter
Trowbridge, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Formerly known as Vanilla Porter. Renamed in 2009.
Dark brown in colour, with a subtle vanilla aroma. The vanilla sweetness contrasts nicely with the slight bitterness from the roasted barley and chocolate malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPC1524 (121) - Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
A very well balanced beer. The sweetness of the vanilla is offset very nicely by the bitterness. A warming, interesting beer. Would definitely consume again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2014
From cask. Pours pitch black with a small off white to tan head. Aroma is vanilla and roasted malty. Smooth roasted malty, vanilla and light chocolate. Subdued bitter and toasted malty finish. Ends medium dry malty and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (10976) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours clear dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, fudge, vanilla, milk chocolate and toffee. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Motobashi (107) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Dark, cola like pour to a thin head. Active carbonation. Strong chocolate, vanilla and caramel aroma. Nice sweet flavour. Nice lacing. Slightly bitter, shorted lived finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5152) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from Cellarbrations Sandy Bay 161214. Thin in body but big in aroma and flavour. Hints of vanilla and chocolate with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bouteille de 500 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Légère odeur de vanille et de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de chocolat au lait avec une pointe de céréales grillées et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat au lait en arrière goût. (Rating #5983)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (904) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
Rich aroma of vanilla and chocolate. Tan head that pours big and quickly leaves a small head, pitch black. Full bodied, chocolate, vanilla, sweet. Desserty beer, pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lesifflebiere (1670) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Un porter couleur cola, à la carbonatation faible, mi-mince et odorant (grains légèrement torréfiés, vanille, sucre cuit, un peu de boisé). La bouche donne franchement dans la vanille, on dirait de la crème glacée fondue mais en plus mince. Manque un peu de torque, au fil des gorgées qui réchauffent elle prend un peu de corps, mais le tout demeure assez chétif. Ceci dit, on a affaire à un vrai bon porter britannique, sucré et à l’ancienne, avec des houblons qui concluent la chose de sèche façon. De belles qualités pour compenser les défauts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2778) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 17, 2014
Cask @ Belfast Beer Festival [141114]
Black, thin ruby edges, beige frothy head
Aroma of soft vanilla, dark sweet malts, soft chocolate malts, dark toffee
Taste of dark sweet malts, lots of vanilla and quite a lot of dark fruits as well
Palate - Medium to thin body, seemed a bit thin. Fairly sweet.
Overall - Good porter with very noticeable vanilla

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2014
This is a rather thin porter, with a nice dark brown colour and brief cream-coloured head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and some red berry. The flavour is milk chocolate and vanilla. Not too complex, but terribly tasty! Good stuff!

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