Funnel Blower - Box Steam Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color porter with a large slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee with nice vanilla notes. Taste is a great balanced mix between some light roasted malt notes with light dry coffee with no astringency and some lactose notes with perfect notes of vanilla. Body is bit thin but considering the ABV that could be expected with good carbonation. Very well brewed with great complexity while retaining good drinkability factor.
11-09-2011 03:48:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours with a thick creamy head, but it slims fast.
Initial nose is chocolaty, then hints of vanilla and caramel poke through.
In the mouth, it's a little thin and uncomplicated. I would have liked a bit more complexity or layering of flavours in the mouth as it had with the nose.
Overall a good beer, I'd buy it again for sure if I was craving a Porter.
10-01-2011 21:57:23 | More by hotsudge
4.1/5 rDev +9%
had on cask at JDW pub - commercial rooms here in brissle.
had some other shit ale i sent back before this - was very relieved to get this one instead.
pours black with a nice thick head and some nice lacing.
smell is all vanilla and malts...really good, subtle brandy notes in there, really amazing nose.
taste is more of that egg nog brandy character with a pleasant coffee like finish and some slight bitterness - a great drinking beer. wow
03-04-2010 00:28:03 | More by benclimbs
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: very dark brown, almost opaque; thick, layered head that sticks around a good time
Aroma: jumps out of the glass with rich nuttiness; also getting roasted scents, caramel, and some smokiness
Taste & Mouthfeel: first taste is incredibly creamy and smooth - great mouthfeel; roasted taste with elements of smoke are coming through as promised by the aroma; dry finish with just the right amount of bitterness; medium carbonation
Overall: like a less creamy Guinness and with more flavour - a great late fall brew
02-18-2012 19:12:20 | More by BGDrock
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours an extremely deep brown colour with ruby highlights visible when illuminated. The off-white coloured frothy head can barely be contained by a pint glass. It burns off quickly, but leaves a healthy film and lace behind.
Smells of dark malts with a solid chocolate tone and a rather sweet vanilla backing that reminds me of a waffle cone.
Bitter chocolatey taste with a sweet vanilla backing and an almost burnt, toasted quality to it. Has a really fresh grain or grasslike taste to the finish and I pick up a hint of candied cherry.
Typically thin porter body with a medium carbonation. Very dry, almost puckering aftertaste balanced by a chocolate syrup-like residue with a dark coffe note.
A very, very good porter that I'm sure I'll pick up again despite not really liking the style. Could be a nice desert beer or even as one for an English breakfast.
09-15-2011 22:01:18 | More by bryehn
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Pours a dark ruby red, thumb of small bubbled mocha head, solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.
S - Nutty almond and chocolate notes, touch of vanilla and toffee.
T - A tad bitter, but the chocolate and coffee notes are tasty. The vanilla comes through, but rather subtle with a touch of smoke. Unique and certainly tasty.
M - Medium bodied ale that goes can come across a tad thin, but by no means offensive, down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.
O - Pretty tasty with some solid flavours and some unique characteristics. Worth a try indeed.
09-23-2011 01:45:18 | More by andrenaline
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Pours a deep crimson red with a two-finger foam head which appears slightly creamy. Decent retention with good lacing down the glass.
S: Dark roasted coffee, cocoa, dark fruits (plums & cherries), a fair bit of vanilla, and traces of smoke. Enticing.
T: Tastes are more low-profile than the aromas indicated. Subdued hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee coupled with a dose of vanilla. There's an appealing faint sourness towards the finish which levels out the vanilla sweet.
M: Light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. A good roasted dryness is present from start to finish.
D: I'm enjoying this quite a bit for an English Porter. The subtle sourness that contrasts the vanilla is making this quite crisp and easy to drink. Will be picking up more.
10-11-2011 03:42:13 | More by Digimaika2
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
3.9/5 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
Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
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