Funnel Blower - Box Steam Brewery
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3.91/5 rDev +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.
11-06-2013 14:11:25 | More by DenisKolkin
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
08-30-2013 14:42:15 | More by ADZA
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-20-2012 03:00:44 | More by TerryW
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
12-02-2012 21:19:16 | More by liamt07
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance - A deep, dark brown with a thin, beige head. The retention seems rather poor and dissipates very quickly. Not a very active beer. Once this calms down in the glass, one can see faint bubbles making their way to the center of the glass, creating tiny specks of head. Nothing impressive here.
Smell - Light smokey notes, with an overall presence of butterscotch, candied caramel and molasses. Nuts and lightly roasted coffee beans come to mind. Vanilla is also present, although do not smell authentic. Very different compared to most Porters.
Taste - Vanilla, baker's chocolate (hops create this effect), smoke, roasted malts, nuts, wood and cherries (create an acidic quality) and whipping cream. Brown sugar is noticeable, too.
Mouthfeel - A bit bland. Although the smokiness tends to jump out here and zap the tongue and roof of the mouth, it quickly fades and does not manage to stimulate all parts of the palate. You can definitely notice this beer on the roof of the mouth, mostly. Not terrible, but not great, either. This lack body.
Overall - Not quite a full-bodied beer, this seems to lack mouthfeel more than anything. Unfortunately, this really disappoints and is one of the biggest shortcoming, in my opinion. One thing that works to this beer's advantage is the butterscotch taste notes and the hop characteristics. These really help to round this Porter out. Despite the accolades displayed on the side of this bottle, it is an easy-drinking, fairly simple porter. That being said, it does not blow me out of the water. Perhaps there was hype around this beer that I am failing to see? Either way, pretty tasty.
10-26-2012 22:37:33 | More by Agent1
Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.