Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Porter
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11759) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Cask at GBBF 2014. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is toasty, cocoa, dirt, earth, roast, coffee and some meatiness. The taste is softy, roast, mild acidity, coffee, toast, cocoa and wood with a dry finish. Light-medium body and low carbonation. Ok...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5847) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Hand-pulled pint in The Cock Hotel Wellington, Shropshire on 21st June 2014. Clear mahogany body with a full beige head. Malty aroma and taste, vanilla and sweet throughout: I liked it. Don’t see enough Porters about, so if you get the chance to try this please do. Smooth, full bodied and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2840) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2014
Cellar temperature and into a snifter. Pours a midnight brown with good clarity when held to the lights. Head is not much of a game player receding back instantly to a film of tannish suds. Nose is sultry and alluring. Like a late night dessert; dark and seductive. Vannilin dominates but there is hints of rich, milk chocolate, ganache and fondant, marzipan, brandy and caramelised dates, a little liqueur too making it seem to punch much higher than its weight. Vanilla also dominates the palate but yet there is great balance coming from smoky, charred malts, light roast, rich, dark chocolate and hints of hazelnut, liquorice and cola soda. Body is good, firm and rounded with very soft carbonation giving it a velvety feel. Plenty of chalky, smoky length with a sharp, peppery hop bitterness that cleanly breaks it all up. This is a pleasure to drink. Flavoursome, hearty and aromatic. Great stuff!! (50cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9602) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown with an off white head. Aromas are weetabix, chocolate and vanilla with some smokiness. Earthy coffee with raisins. Flavours are sweet chocolate meal replacement milkshake with earthy notes and bready yeast. A bit of hazelnut coffee syrup. Dry on the finish. A bit bloating, decent, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3361) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a modest beige head. Aroma of light roast, chocolate, caramel, heaps of vanilla. Lightish bodied. Rather sweet - almost ice-cream syrup like - with a drying, moderately bitter finish. Chocolate, roasted barley, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle @benzai. Brown to black color with a small head. Smells and tastes chocolat, cacao, sweet, coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown with a small off-white head. Smells chocolate, sweet. Tastes coffee, chocolate, sweet. Pretty nice. Medium body, soft to medium carbo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12588) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle @ home. Dark brown color, decent sized beige head that leaves fair lacing. Don’t get a lot of aroma. Taste is malts, caramel, lightly earthy, a bit dry, a hint of chocolate and roastyness. Good porter flavors, but I feel the aroma is a bit faint. Nice beer though. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Brown in colour with a thin tan head, good lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavour is moderately sweet, lots of vanilla, small roast, light chocolate. Thin mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long and sweet. A bit too sweet for me, lots of vanilla throughout this.

500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Best before end of July 2014.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Metallic, slight chocolate and thick vanilla hint in the nose. I don’t like the metallicness to it. Black with barely any head. The metalicity is still apparent in the flavour but less so, we’ve got a subtle sweetness with the vanilla and I can really taste the lightly roasted chocolate malt in this one, something I don’t remember of this beer from before.

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