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Funnel Blower - Box Steam Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 30
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 thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 2015. Glad to see another brew from these guys being brought into Ontario, as I rather liked the Dark & Handsome I tried a year or two ago. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a dark, mahogany-copper colour; not quite opaque, with some amber highlights. It's crowned with just over one finger of soapy, light beige-coloured head that soon evaporates, leaving behind a frothy cap and collar, as well as a nice curtain of lace. Subdued aroma, which offers up notes of roasted malt, espresso, vanilla and caramel, with suggestions of toasted nuts and ripe orchard fruit.

A very serviceable, straightforward porter. Roasted grains, caramel and brown sugar provide the bulk of the backbone, with baker's chocolate and a light note of coffee also contributing. A hint of milk sugar sweetness, like you'd find in a milk stout. A touch of vanilla, plum and light smokiness also come through, with the finish characterized by a mixture of bittersweet chocolate and lightly astringent charriness. Medium-light in body, with fairly assertive carbonation levels that provide this porter with a somewhat livelier mouthfeel than I tend to prefer. A very minor complaint, though - this stuff is quaffable as all hell.

Final Grade: 3.95, an impressive B+. This one grew on me a little as I made my way through the glass, forcing me to bump the taste grade somewhat. Box Steam's Funnel Blower is really a very well-made session porter, providing exactly what I want from this sort of beer in ample quantities. If it were available locally I could definitely see myself grabbing a few more bottles, as it's not always easy to find a good English-style porter around here. Give it a shot; you probably won't be blown away, but if you're just in the mood for a solid session porter, you can't go wrong here.

thehyperduck, Saturday at 06:36 PM
Photo of Devon_
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Devon_, Nov 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Wajohnst, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jerseyislandbeer, Oct 19, 2014
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, Oct 18, 2014
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of byronic
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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Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.