Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Porter
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2012
At the bow. A black beer with lots of vanilla aroma and flavours. Chocolate and coffee are also present. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2012
cask at bow ... dark black ... no head as cellar ... soft dark roast ... big vanilla ... light choclate ... dark malts llll light bitter ... maybe bit too much vanilla ... but nice ...
Earlier Rating: 7/22/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Cask at Star festival Huddersfield ... THin tan head ... sweet vanilla roast nose... sweet roast ... little toffee ... big vanilla ...bit pealy wally...3.4

Bottle at home ... deep brown ... huge vanila toffee malt nose ... soft creamt malts again a lot of vanilla ... better body than my cask notes say ... 3.8 ... dark black ... dark malts ... roast malts ... light bitter 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strangebrewer (829) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
bottle. Poured extremely dark brown with a creamy tan head. Roasty malt aroma with a sweet vanilla tone. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation. Malty flavour, dark fruit, vanilla. Finishes medium dry, a bit astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frothmeister (544) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Smells as advertised, vanilla with heavy cocoa, malt notes, alcohol, and faint molasses. The taste starts and finishes bitter, with cereal notes, followed by vanilla, with chocolate, and cocoa taking over. Good, but thin bodied, and slightly light on dark malt flavours for a porter. Worth trying though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2248) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a big frothy off white head. Aroma of roasted malts and vanilla. Taste again is very dark roasted malts, mild coffee and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2896) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
500ml bottle, dark brown color, with a bubbly beige head, leaving laces, nice brown chocolate, coocoa powder, fudgy brownie, vanilla nose, with some mild chocolate cake, chocolate waffel, chocolate milk accents and with some light roasted, chocolate malt, cappuccino note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet cocoa powder, reminiscent of nestlé quik, chocolate cake, light spicy vanilla bean, fudgy brownie, chocolate milk character with a velvety milkyish lactose café latté undertone, and with some light coffee essence, roasted, chocolate, toasted, black malt flavours, with a chocolate waffel, burnt bran muffin, burnt toast, cappuccino backbone, leading towards a chocolatey, cocoa, fudgy, delicate roasted malt bitterness finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color porter with a large slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee with nice vanilla notes. Taste is a great balanced mix between some light roasted malt notes with light dry coffee with no astringency and some lactose notes with perfect notes of vanilla. Body is bit thin but considering the ABV that could be expected with good carbonation. Very well brewed with great complexity while retaining good drinkability factor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2198) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours a deep brown colour with red highlights. Its head is big, fluffy, creamy, off-white, long-lasting and creates thick lacing all-around. Cocoa powder and light vanilla beans aromas with the roasted malts. Forgot this was a porter (as it looked liked a creamy stout) but the mouthfeel was watery... so easy drinking for a dark brew. Flavours of caramel, vanilla, chocolate but all pretty mild with not much lingering and stickiness. Decent vanilla and chocolate porter for those who like it to go down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2725) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 28, 2011
Dark brown beer with light chicory aroma. Chocolate and vanilla with some astringent barley in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (723) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle purchased at the Dundurn LBCO in Hamilton Ontario. Pours a dark cola like colour, small white head and little spots of lacing here and there. Aroma is malty and almost like chocolate milk. Taste is malty and the consistency of like a hot chocolate powder. A little bitter. Nice mouth feel.

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