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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Porter
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.
A dark ale with well balanced bittering. Spicy, full bodied and flavoursome with a deep fruit aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, light brown with a small, beige cream head. Lightly toasted malts in the nose, hints of dirt and cocoa. Light sweet flavor, mellow roast, burnt leaves, hints of burnt toast. Light bodied with fine carbonation. A bit of charred wood and roasted malt bitterness to finish, some bittersweet cocoa, more dirt. Itís pretty mellow stuff overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (4220) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle, pours deep dark red-brown with a fast-settling fluffy tan head and hints on the nose of blackcurrants, strawberry, lemon and toasted caramel. Lots of roast barley on the palate, along with spicy and earthy hops, a little dark fruit and treacle toffee. Lasting burnt-bitter finish is just a little too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (5076) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle a home from the brewery
Pours dark brown with fluffy grey-tan head. Spicey dark berries aroma, lots of roast barley in this, becomes a bit astringent followed by rich blackcurrant, bramling cross? Malt dies down but still dominant in the flavour. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14174) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2011
500ml bottle (William K Kurvi, Helsinki)
6 Roasted malts, a tad mashy and rich.
4 Very dark, red glints. Small tight beige head.
6 Thinner and sharper than Iíd hoped for from the aroma. A very simple roasty porter, thatís all. As it warms it fills out more.
3 Watery, but easy to drink when cold. Warmer, itís fuller. Nice coffee finish. 13 At least one of us thought it was a good beer. Whether it was Annaís opinion, or my dictation that she wrote down, we canít remember. Iím glad notes were taken, I donít even remember going to the pub!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6078) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
500cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. Mucky, oily looking, dark brown with absolutely no head; earthy aroma of chocolate malt; dry chocolate flavour; and even drier finish. Quite thin, but with some serious malts, and quite challenging to drink.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
[500ml bottle from Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock, Wiltshire] Deep brown, no head. Unpleasant aroma of burnt plastic and salted cheese biscuits. Flavour is a bit better, a basic burnt malt, but itís on the watery side. Finishes dry. The stench of this one completely put me off. Grim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 30/11/10. Deep, ruddy brown with a decent, off-white head that left rings down the glass. Aroma of drinking chocolate, caramel and leafy hops. Flavour had plenty more chocolate, some bready malts, cherries and a vague spiciness, leading to a long, bitter finish. A very enjoyable winter warmer.

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