Funnel Blower - Box Steam Brewery
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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
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
4.1/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Serving type: cask
03-04-2010 00:28:03 | More by benclimbs
Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
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