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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Trowbridge, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Full-bodied, deep amber premium bitter, with a delicate blackcurrant aroma. Initial gentle bitterness on the palate and subtle spicy notes are followed by a sweet, fruity finish.


jackl's rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (4698) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Cask @ The Willow Walk. The pour’s medium brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is lemon, some spicy nutmeg, baked brown bread and toffee. Mildly yeasty. The taste is light watery malts, some caramel, hints of citrus and grass. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, fine, pretty boring.


2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2015) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 5 Nov 2012. Poured a clear, dark amber, with a dense off white head. Aroma was funky, with boiled sweets and cooked fruit, blended with some malt. Caramel sweetness in the flavour, with dried fruit and bready malt. Finish was toffee, light roast and spruce.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10873) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is toffee, bread, caramel, grass. Flavour is toffee, fruit, bread, caramel, grass, pine. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2014
Thin English toffee drink lethumlet, slightly bitter and just bland expression.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35353) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2014

Bottle 500ml. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].

[ As Box Steam Ghost Train ].
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity, nutty, dusty malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140301]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3706) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 7, 2014
Light brown body, mostly headless. Biscuity, oats, simple malt bill, some woody herbal hops. Clean yeast, not much to it. Okay drinkability but not quite as smooth as the better English bitters. Simple but okay taste. (50cl bottle from Beer City)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7911) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig fruchtig, hopfig, dunkle Beeren. Geschmack röstmalzig fruchtig, hopig. Erinnert an ein IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4167) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Clear copper brown colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells sweetish, malty, some chocolate maybe, brown sugar, caramel. Tastes sweetish, malty, a hint of caramel, some brown sugar. All fairly light and nice. Medium body, very soft carbo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8588) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle @ home thanks to dEnk. Clear dark amber color, average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma os malts, biscuits, raisins, slightly leaves. Taste malts, slightly bready, biscuits, bitter hops and maybe a hint of dark fruits. Average to medium body and carbonation. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle at Fastelavn Smagning 2014 @ J&C’s beer palace, Jutland Saturday Session 2 - 01/03/14. Copper amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is biscuit malt, bready, dark fruits. Taste comprises dark fruit pangs, toffee, bready, malts, biscuit, light hops. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough ESB.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5475) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours clear dark brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma is malty, dark caramel and toffee. Taste is light sweet, toffee and red ripe fruits.Light dry, mineralic mouthfeel. A bit on the boring side.


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