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Dark & Handsome - Box Steam Brewery

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Dark & HandsomeDark & Handsome

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BA SCORE
82
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 12-19-2010

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Photo of Glorithm
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Electros
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Stoutmeister
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Rempeba
1.6/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $3.95 CDN. Best before February 2015.

Appearance - dark molasses in color, this beer yielded about a finger of off-white head this dissolved into a thin wispy layer of froth. Some lacing stays on the sides of the glass. The beer is quite dark but no quite so dark that you can't see into it, even giving a ruby hue in certain light.

Smell - aromatics are not particularly bold when cold. Sort of a coffee and licorise medley and dark fruit. Improves with warming.

Taste - there's some coffee which transitions into a lite black licorise flavor. Maybe so,e dark fruits in there but they're rather subdued. Licorise on the aftertaste and a bit of chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated but the body feels too thin to be an old ale and doesn't coat the palate enough to do the black licorise flavor justice.

Overall - an lighter and interesting take on an old ale. It's certainly pretty drinkable and fairly innovative however the execution just doesn't quite live up to the ambitious pretence. Still worth trying especially for those enjoying licorise.

Photo of DaveBar
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well pours with no head. Dark.

S- Saving grace here. Chocolate and malt

T- Malt and chocolate.

M- Dry and tart

O- Pretty good but I still will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer paired well with... Pizza

Enjoy

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mremoquillo
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brown colour, decent film and lacing.
S - cocoa, licorice, leafy and spicy hops, dark malts, fair bit of roastiness. A bit woody and spirituous.
T - mild, with plenty of dark and roasty chocolate malt, smooth dark licorice blackcurrent caramel notes, dry finish, grainy with an oily and bready mix.
M - lot of balanced malt but a smooth and moderate feel, slight carbonation, and a clinging aftertaste, a bit cloying and not overall as great as it could be.
Good beer, nice flavour but not something that blows me away, I like the mix of cocoa and licorice and roasty malts. Bitterness is at a good level.

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Ale?
Surely this is a mild.
Not only a mild but one of the best milds I have out of a bottle.

It pours a gorgeous looking drink, brown hues stop a pitch black body below a 4mm thick tight microscopic bubbled tan head.

Aroma is pretty good too, cocoa powder sawdust and treacle.

Big blackcurrant kiss on the mouth hints of chocolate
a little smokiness before a MILD hoppy bitter finish.

Just a nice drinkable mouthfeel easy drinking and very much like a mild
perfect just perfect carbonation.

This is an amazing beer
see it
buy it
enjoy it

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle poured into a UK pint sleeve on 17 Aug 2013 during a 'random tasting evening' with myself (the wife is out and I've no friends).

First impressions count: lovely dark body, almost black, deep ruby hue when held up to a strong light source. On top a creamy, full head that stayed the distance.

Mild malty molasses in the nose, some wood and nut notes as the beer warmed in the glass.

Nice balance to the flavours: semi-burnt malts at first, then a sweeter malt feel, followed by a drying hop bitterness before the malts reappear to give a dark chocolate finish. Not as complex as I've said, but an interesting and flavoursome beer.

Good depth of body, almost creamy and rich, the hops just about preventing the beer becoming smooth: which suited my taste buds.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sjtmbg
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is a new one to me, in Wiltshire in the south of England.
Very dark in color but almost an pale ale in taste. Bitter at the start, buttery mouthfeel near finish with delightful aftertaste. Always interesting when the mouth is fooled by the eyes.
Look forward to trying more from this outfit.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared with a friend - not sure why it's taken me this long to try it, just never got round. Poured into a nonic glass.

Dark chestnut, but there is a certain lightness to it as well, which was my first cue that this was not a porter (I had no idea the style when I opened this up). Good head of foam, nice retention.

Nose is a mix of dry roasted malt, coffee, and fruit - apple and grape are what I detect, along side a puckery lemon and hop component.

Light bodied, good dryness to this, with a touch of fruit, light coffee. Somewhere in between a porter and an old ale, or perhaps a roasty brown ale. Enjoyable, easy to quaff.

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Dark & Handsome from Box Steam Brewery
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