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Funnel Blower - Box Steam Brewery

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85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Box Steam Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: benclimbs on 03-04-2010)
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark ruby topped by a nice thick head of foam. Specks of lace remain.

Aroma is pure chocolate and cardboard. Mild roast.

The taste is the same. Dark and milk chocolate with a bit of roast and oxidization and vanilla. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is very light and incredibly watery with a goodly amount of chalky carbonation.

This is one of the weakest porters I have ever had, more like an English Dark Mild Ale than a porter actually. Maybe a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:57:31 | More by MeisterBurger
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-11-2012 00:32:40 | More by cfalovo97
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-26-2013 00:57:27 | More by Rlombardi75
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-22-2012 05:06:22 | More by bigox420
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-09-2013 03:04:10 | More by valianes
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ADZA

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 14:42:15 | More by ADZA
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-30-2012 00:32:20 | More by MattPS
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

great label design on bottle.

poured in a chalice this beer produced no head as is typical of the style.
looks like cola in the glass. dark burgandy/black opaque.

the aroma is fantastic. roasted notes are prominent with chocoalte, and vanilla dominating. smells like desert.

more carbonation than i was expecting. gonna let it warm up a bit. noticing the beer is a bit watery. starts out sharply acidic with a bit of the caramelly desert like roastiness in the middle but definitely finishes watery with a bit of roastiness lingering but still kinda watery.
the alcohol hits harder then expected for a lower abv.
warming up definitely brings more flavor to the beer with an improved lingering roasty bitterness,
however the sharp acidity of the carbonation and the slightly watery mouthfeel sets this off as just midling for me. based on the great aroma was expecting better things.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 23:52:54 | More by paxkey
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; Best Before date is not printed on the label, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: according to the front label, this beer (supposedly the cask-conditioned version) was elected Gold, Winner, or Second Beer of the Festival on many occasions in 2009, esp. in Southern England.

A: pours a deeply dark brown hue with nearly no beer head, a signal that the beer probably is not well conditioned in the bottle.
S: lightly roasted and lightly sour with a wee bit of winey touch to it, while sweetness is limited to the notes like licorice, nuttiness and brown malts. Not bad, but not special – just above average.
T: not very assertive comes the foretaste, featuring light roasted malts/barleys and bitter licorice; gradually and subtly, the herbal&earthy notes of hops develop, but lend mainly a deepening bitter and slightly chewy palate than a hoppy taste to the overall flavour profile.
M&D: not very well conditioned in the bottle, as the carbonation is next to none, although it doesn’t mean that the beer is outright flat as the medium body and the certain degree of depth work to salvage the weak palate. Meant to be a Porter, this bottle-conditioned version strikes me as way too simplistic and lacks that vital edge of sour fruitiness or staleness which normally complements the roasty and malty compartments. Maybe the cask version is truly good, hence so many trophies, but this bottle fails to show the least of the glamour.3

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:01:41 | More by wl0307
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent cola colour, with a small mocha head that is not all that dense at first but then slowly tightens into a nice cap on top. Aroma's on the sweet side, full of roasted malt, cocoa, and a tiny bit of sour/metallic twang. Tastes of roasted barley, chocolate, and earthy hops, a bit underwhelming. Dry finish with a slight sour bitterness provided more so from the hops as opposed to the roasted malt. Body feels a bit thin and the carbonation feels too aggressive--missing the soft luxurious mouthfeel. This will probably be a one and done for me, I much prefer (and at a better pricepoint) Fuller's London Porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:24:36 | More by MattyV
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-13-2012 00:51:31 | More by irishkyle21
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-05-2013 16:30:08 | More by byronic
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-13-2013 05:04:42 | More by timeo
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pitch black, solid tan head dissipated consistently and slowly to a thin covering
S - roasty malt and coffee aromas, some nuttiness and licorice
T - strong roastiness, some bitter sweet licorice, mild coffee with a slightly burnt finish
M - relatively light with a dry charred feel
O - strong dark flavours are generally pleasant, I typically like my porters with a little more booze, but this works well

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:45:36 | More by joemcgrath27
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO. I've been off beer for a couple of weeks, so I figured a nice porter would suit me just fine.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut brown, leaves a thin but stable head full of large bubbles and lacing residue.

Nose is dark coffee, nuts, caramel, toffee, bittering hops.

Decent porter flavor, would rate this higher as an English mild actually. Finishes with hop bitterness coupled with roasted coffee. A bit of sweetness up front. All the flavors are there.

The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, and the carbonation is quite harsh. Silky and smooth, this beer is certainly not. Pity.

Turn down the heat on this brew and you'd have a serviceable porter. As it stands, the thin mouthfeel and strong carbonation made for a very burpy pint, and detracted from the beer's more positive attributes. Might try again just to see if I picked the wrong bottle the first time round.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 17:47:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour with thick pale tan head. Some very mild lacing on the glass. Smells of some nice roast, coffee, vanilla and faint chocolate. Flavour has some roasty bitterness with some vanilla sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter. Overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:19:51 | More by kwjd
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels slightly watery. I can taste chocolate and malts mixed with some roasted nuts and a smokiness. However all of these flavours are very light. It finishes with a chocolate and malt aftertaste with a slight amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall – While the beer is very drinkable, it just doesn't have anything exciting going on. The scent was probably the best part, but unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it smells. I'd pick something else up next time, especially considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:08:36 | More by spinrsx
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO. Appreciate small breweries and lower a.b.v. Pours a large retained beige head on black body. Mild roast, the taste is roastier than the smell. About average mouthfeel, although a bit thin for the style. Pretty simple really, only a little hops, much more malts. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 02:08:56 | More by Sammy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:19:16 | More by liamt07
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on the first chilly fall day.

Pours a dark auburn with a finger of fluffy light tan head. Nose yields roasted malts, barley, light chocolate notes, some sweetness from the vanilla. Taste is very smooth and inviting starting with the creamy subtle vanilla then showing its robust porter dark malts. Sweet on the sip, thin in the finish but overall a very satisfying beer. A decent try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 15:21:03 | More by heebes
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We tend to think of vanilla as white but vanilla pods (and the flavoured liquid extracted from them) are in fact a deep brown colour, much the same as this beer. Funnel Blower lets off an excess, not of steam, but of foam. The beer's surface is protected by a thick, sponge-like coating that even manages to stick to parts of the glass as well.

Unlike the brewery, I wouldn't call the vanilla sweetness "subtle". You can tell right from the first sniff that something's up. I concede, however, that when contrasted against smoky roast malts vanilla tends to take on a slightly different kind of tone; I don't think of sweet pastries when I smell this, rather flavoured coffee.

Funnel Blower is a beer that, to most people, would be considered delicious. In this regard, I am certainly like most people. While it doesn't have a tremendously rich character, the porter contrasts bitter and sweet in such a way that rolls coffee and dessert into one. Chocolate isn't much tasted, however. Mostly barley, maybe a bit of lactose.

Unlike other breweries, Box Steam didn't use their vanilla porter to go chasing after those with a sweet tooth. Instead, they've kept the beer very much grounded in, well, the beer world. It is bitter and showcases plenty of roasted barley and mineral water qualities that are not found in cakes or puddings. Guinness drinkers aren't alienated.

A very interesting start leads to a fairly conventional overall impression. Despite the vanilla accenting, Funnel Blower doesn't steer far from the pedigree of English brown porters. It is merely a medium-light beer with moderate biscuity and roast flavours. That doesn't make it a disappointment, mind you. In fact, it's certainly something I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:23:48 | More by biegaman
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish colour very little light getting through. Short lived head

Caramel sweetness permeates the nose...slight bitterness near the end.

Chocolate notes with a molasses after taste...coffee...

Actually feels heavier than the 4.5 abv...

Overall this is a decent Porter. Would def grab it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:36:28 | More by Mit
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-25-2013 23:50:06 | More by MJ63
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-26-2014 06:54:57 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-19-2012 05:23:11 | More by ThinkAgain
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Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.