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Funnel Blower - Box Steam Brewery

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: benclimbs on 03-04-2010)
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Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the lcbo into a tulip. Colour is a dark brown, lacing is on the light side but has some good clarity and tan head.

S - warming, with a hefty dose of vanilla, sugar rock candy, caramel, lots of vanilla, some peach notes, some toasty caramel malt but mainly a robust deserty aroma.

T - pears, vanilla, and a good robust stone-fruitiness, some caramel sweetness that balances off some of the roastiness on the malts. Again a subtle bready toasty character but it has a lot of sweetness, a bit lactic and caramel like, with a good dose of vanilla. Finish ends a bit thin and bitter.

M - moderate bodied, a bit thin at points, with a subtle carbonation and generally an upfront profile on the palate with the initial sweetness then a lingering dry caramel (mild astringency).

Overall, this was an enjoyable session porter, but could be improved. I found it a bit heavy on the vanilla and sweet brown sugar notes, but it has a nice complexity and flavour in the middle and then gets a bit thin toward the finish. Roasty malts play a subtle and almost background to the crystal.

mick303, Saturday at 01:13 AM
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Hypersomnia, Sep 29, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Bf_89, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

WillAndSarah, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ktat, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

_ph230_, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

yancot, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Beer-Fetish
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beer-Fetish, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

crooksb2, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

byronic, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

UncleJimbo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for $3.95 CDN. A bit on the pricey side, but liked the artwork and the beer looked interesting. Worth a try. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nice dark brown chestnut color with a good looking khaki head that is 1.5 fingers. Head also looks foamy and frothy and has good retention time leaving some lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Coffee and caramel mixed well together, however neither scent is really potent. They doe meld together in a way that is appealing and the nose comes out a bit more as the beer warms.

Taste - Bitter coffee flavor with a nice dose of vanilla and caramel. Ends up her really well here. Leaves a slightly bitter coffee / dark chocolate aftertaste. This description doesn't quite do the beer justice as the interplay between these flavor profiles while not terribly complex is brilliantly done.

Mouthfeel - Rich, velvety smooth, succulent yet refreshing. Really nice cleansing texture.

Overall - Nice porter that has all the elements of a good porter, rich decadent and filling yet no so much that a few of these couldn't be consumed.

DenisKolkin, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

4ster, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

timeo, Oct 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

valianes, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest brown hue with a one finger khaki head that doesn't even say hello before vanishing and a feint rim not much happening at this club from the outside but the smell of sweet vanilla bean,golden syrup,milk chocolate and toffee are slowly enticing me to wait the big line and just like thinking on entry maybe it wasn't worth it with this overcarbonated light body feel but the taste of dominant vanilla,cream,milky coffee and roasty milk chocolate bittersweetness make me think ill stay another hour and then I'm outta here and now I've seen inside I won't be coming back soon cheers.

ADZA, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sleazo, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Rlombardi75, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bit of a surprise and actually a fairly interesting beer.

Looks decent. Dark walnut pour with a substantial head that settles to a heavy cap and gives good lace.

Lots of vanilla in the nose, malt and sweetness. Unexpected and fairly appetizing once you get past the surprise. A little thin-bodied to drink. Taste of vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee. Slight bitterness.

Like something you might round up at your local coffee place. A decent enough novelty beer.

TerryW, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before August 2013.

Dark brown, almost black with some burgundy translucence around the edges when held to the light. Mocha head with moderate density, dense creamy retention (almost like a whipped topping) and a solid coating of lace. Nose has a whole lot of vanilla bean, lighter roast and a milky/cream character. Taste has some dark malts, light roast, a bit of roasty tartness and the vanilla, although present in flavour, doesn't sweeten this up all that much. Faint coffee flavour. Mild bitterness, body is creamy. An alright beer that does well on the nose but doesn't have the palate to match.

liamt07, Dec 02, 2012
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Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.