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


on tap

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anfractuosity (349) - - OCT 17, 2016
Very enjoyable, slightly treacley, malty. Had from a cask, would buy again......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2012
bottle at SOrder ... copper ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet dry toffee nose... soft fruits ... light sweet ... light toffee malt ... soft roast ... decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14282) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottled, filtered, 500ml from Millets Farm Shop, Frilford, Oxon. Reddish chestnut with white head. Good fruity aroma leading to a sweetish, fruity, nutty flavour from a rich malt body. Hints of redcurrant and strawberry in the body, some bitterness too. Quite reasonable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Cask at Market Porter. Pours a clear chestnut with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of musty grass and a hint of pine backed by some earthy grains. Flavor has a good amount of grass with a hint of citrus and some earthy grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours perfectly clear, red-gold with a fine, white foam head. Rich roasted bread aroma, some toasty sugars, hints of berries and dirt. Light to medium sweet flavour with a surprising amount of sturdy roasted malts, hints of cocoa, toasted brown bread, mild earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish with nice toasted malts, some semi-dark berries, rich bread. Quite a good bit of character packed into this fella.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
From cask at Standing Order. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malty and breadish to toffee. Toasted malty and breadish. Roasted malty and toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Cask conditioned Handpump Althorp Coaching Inn Great Brington. A mahogany coloured beer with a whitish head and lace. Husky malts with light coffee notes. A nice nutty bitter in the mouth. A touch thin but the malts are nice and give a sweet edge. Fine. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.3 Score unaltered

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Cask handpull, The Briar Rose, Brum, 10/11/12. Wow- another festival winner in bostin’ nick in this seething pre-match Spoons. Skimmed, dappled bronze. Soft aniseed and dandelion aroma. Slightly Batemansesque soft aniseed and caramel flavour with restrained herbal English hop; the dankness of dew on grass/canvass. Late cream and nutmeg. Dull but without flaws. Well done for what it is.

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