Dark & Handsome - Box Steam Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-03-2014 23:16:40 | More by DenisKolkin
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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
This ok beer paired well with... Pizza
07-27-2014 23:50:00 | More by DaveBar
3.73/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-13-2014 02:56:32 | More by mick303
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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
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08-24-2013 19:58:37 | More by EmperorBevis
United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-17-2013 20:44:28 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
03-04-2013 21:18:43 | More by sjtmbg
3.69/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-13-2013 05:26:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
A - Handsomely dark, deep ruby red with a moderate tan head of fine foam.
S - Nose is roasty, slightly medicinal.
T - A little light on the flavour side. Burnt grain, green apple more than lemon (as advertised), mild dry bitterness. Lingering aftertaste.
M - Moderate body and a bit of zippy carbonation. Dry finish.
D - Fairly drinkable. I would have preferred a bit less apple.
01-08-2013 02:51:06 | More by allergictomacros
3.8/5 rDev +5%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before August 2013.
Pours a dark reddish-chestnut hue; it almost looks opaque at first glance, but holding it up to the light reveals its clear nature, as well as some lovely ruby highlights. At first it's topped with one finger of foamy, light tan-coloured head, but this recedes fairly rapidly, leaving behind a thin, soapy cap, narrow collar, and a modest ring of lacing. The aroma is enjoyable, with roasted malts, molasses, toffee and bittersweet chocolate comprising the bulk of the bouquet, alongside hints of prunes, coffee, anise, and herbal hops.
Really tasty stuff; one of the more interesting 5.0% beers I've had in recent memory. Starts off with some toasted malts, molasses and bitter, roasted coffee grind notes, which then lead into flavours of cocoa and figs. Finishes with some herbal, leafy hop notes, with perhaps a twinge of anise (though this may just be the power of suggestion, as it is mentioned on the label). The aftertaste is roasty/charry with a hint of lemon - surprisingly long-lasted, but subtle in terms of prominence - a perfect way to encourage quick sipping. Medium-bodied, with borderline flat carbonation that gives it a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel and serious sessionability. Easy to drink quickly, but it's interesting enough to be worth taking your time with.
Kind of a cross between a porter/stout and an old ale, with a good mix of roasted character, hop dryness and fruity notes. Not sure how well this fits into the 'old ale' category (and as someone who has only tried one actual old ale, attempting to grade 'to style' here seems mostly like an exercise in arrogance), but the fact is this is still a fabulous session ale with great balance and more complexity than most lighter UK-style ales.
Final Grade: 3.8, a B+. Box Steam Dark & Handsome is a tasty, interesting little brew that I am really glad I picked up. At 5%, your expectations will need to be tempered - this is not the kind of ale you should consider cellaring, or sipping gradually from your snifter over a long winter's night. It is, however, a well-made, unique ale that should be considered well worth sampling, particularly if you are a fan of lighter UK ales in general. I'll probably give this one another shot some time.
12-29-2012 21:00:30 | More by thehyperduck
3.73/5 rDev +3%
(4.0) A: Dark ruby red coloured with a dirty beige creamy and bubbly foam head. Very good retention and equal lacing.
(4.0) S: Mellow dark fruits, toffee, rich dark chocolate, caramel, floral qualities, and background hints of tropical fruits (pineapple and banana). Very well balanced. Enough boldness provided with aromas without going over the top. Well done.
(3.5) T: Velvety dark chocolate, hint of smoke, floral hop-like qualities, light caramel, and a bit of zesty citrus. Quite a hefty bitterness throughout with a touch of dryness in the finish. Well executed and very flavourful with each taste clearly represented.
(3.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Syrup-like texture with a rather clean and crisp mouthfeel.
(4.0) D: This is good and something I will likely pick up again this season. Nice and easy drinking and flavourful.
12-16-2012 03:38:15 | More by Digimaika2
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: deep brown with a hint of red; looks notably clean; thick head with good retention
Aroma: dark cherry, dates; lightly of dark cacao; not terribly strong
Taste & Mouthfeel: a light smokiness and dry - has an effect almost like it is sucking the moisture from the mouth (that might sound more dramatic than the reality); some bitterness of heavily roasted coffee, not much sweetness at all; little of the aroma follows through, except the cacao; medium-light body, and clean feeling
Overall: the name seems a perfect analogy with the beer coming off as dark, clean, and cutting; not complex, but interesting mouthfeel
04-06-2012 16:39:02 | More by BGDrock
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