Dark & Handsome - Box Steam Brewery
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Reviews by allergictomacros:
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
More User Reviews:
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
3.7/5 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
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
Expirey date: August 16, 2011. This bottle purchased and drank within one week of arrival on shelves of LCBO. Pours medium brown colour, a little white head. Lots of lace left in the glass. The aroma is overall neutral,there is a little boozy despite low alcohol, some licorice, malt, and a sourness attributed to citrus. It had a bit above an average mouthfeel, was very drinkable, wth a dry finish. The brewers call this an old ale, it would be an excellent brown. It has a good malting, a little rich, with licorice taste, decent hopping. I would have it again. Anther beer, I would say more than 15% of 3.5 taste ratings, that I would rate a 3.75 if I could.
12-19-2010 23:59:32 | More by Sammy
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
3.13/5 rDev -13.5%
A - this is a deep brown brew with a beige two finger head that disappeared quickly to a thin collar of bubbles. Some light patchy lacing.
S - earthy and nutty malt with faint grassy hops and wood
T - follows the nose and is rather muted, faint coffee and herbal qualities but nothing really stands out, rather disappointing.
M - light bodied with a watery quality, there is plenty of carbonation. Relatively smooth and drinkable this brew has a nice amount of bitterness in the lingering finish.
O - I was disappointed by this brew as I have enjoyed the other offerings I haved tried from this brewer. Quite simply a one dimensional brew with nothing standing out.
12-11-2011 17:08:07 | More by Stocean1
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Bottle and label lend to a 'craft' brew appearance, with 'engineered by hand' scrawled across the front.
Plain black bottle cap.
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark dark ruby with an off-white thick three finger head.
lots of carbonation off the pour, gonna let this one sit a few minutes and warm up from the fridge.
alcohol and malt are picked up right away. fruitiness from hops gives a grapefruit aroma.
I'm tasting the bitterness from the resin aroma and like pavlov's dog...
really enjoying the balanced aroma between malt and hops, the aroma is fantastic.
hints of whiskey--this may be barrel aged, i am not sure.
tastes great, with lots of roastiness coming through. coffee, mocah, chocolate. These tastes are not really present in the aroma so it is a pleasant kick when it hits.
smooth mouthfeel with a little thinness on the end and slightly sharp carbonation.
01-09-2011 03:10:14 | More by paxkey
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some dry bitter notes. Taste is a mix between some medium dry roasted malt notes with light fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting though lacking complexity or some subtlety are maybe just too subtle for me.
01-30-2012 18:47:16 | More by Phyl21ca
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
500 ml bottle with best before date of 16 Aug 11 from the LCBO.
Poured in to brandy snifter.
A - Medium brown colour with very little head.
S - A lot of chocolate on the nose. Some dark fruit and spiciness.
T - Much lighter chocolate than the nose seemed to indicate but the chocolate is still present. Sweet brown sugar, some dark fruit and light licorice notes. The finish has a tart lemon taste that lingers a little bit.
M - Medium body, moderately carbonated.
D - This one started out tasting very good and seeming unique and interesting but as I continued to drink it, the tart lemon aftertaste became a little overwhelming. An interesting beer and I am happy that I tried it, but this is not a beer that I would seek out again.
01-22-2011 16:18:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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
3.33/5 rDev -8%
500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Cola coloured with half a finger of off-white head that immediately disappears.
S: Smells of roasted malt, molasses, caramel.
T: The flavour is quite mild but there is some bitterness in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel seems thin and the carbonation is prickly.
D: This is a pretty harmless beer but not interesting enough to bother with again.
02-02-2011 02:54:19 | More by mrnobody
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a small to average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some average lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.
Smell - malts, molasses, coffee, chocolate
Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of malts and molasses, and coffee/chocolate. The bottle says it has a licorice taste and I guess I kind of picked up on that as well. There was also a bit of a dark fruit taste. The beer finished with a malty molasses aftertaste.
Drink - Not a bad beer.. just not spectacular. It would probably make a fairly decent session brew. I'm happy I gave it a try but I don't think I'd seek it out again.
01-17-2011 14:01:52 | More by spinrsx
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
A more than gingerly pour yeilds about a finger's worth of soapy cream coloured head that sits on top of a cola brown body with intense mahogany highlights. Active streams of carbonation are visible, rising up the sides of the glass.
A rich and chewy nose gives of notes of sweet and sticky raisons, toffee, and dark chocolate. There's a nutty component to it as well that I liken to a brown ale. Hints of slightly tart blackberries also peak through.
An earthy nuttiness with a hazelnut sweetness is the first and most prominent thing I get in the taste. Tangy lemon peel and blackberries add an interesting and welcomed edge to this beer's straightforward base. A flash of raisons graces the back of the palate before being quickly subsumed by a roasty and dry character that is imparted from the nuttiness.
Medium bodied in the mouth with a level of carbonation that compliments the fruity/tangy aspect of the beer, oddly making this dark ale refreshing. Well balanced and easy to quaff with the only downfall coming from a bit more flavour being desired in the taste.
The simple,tamed, yet decently flavourful characteristics of this beer make for a good intro into this style or into darker beers in general. I prefer something that packs a bit more of a punch, but at 5% ABV it does well. This attests to the LCBO's willingness to bring in beers from incredibly small/not-well-known breweries and I respect that. Overall, a decent beer from a great winter line-up.
01-17-2011 22:53:37 | More by ludachris
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
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
3.76/5 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
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Best Before September 2012.
Beer is very dark brown, little red hints. Moderately sized head that is somewhere between tan and off-white in colour. Some lacing is present. Pretty good retention.
Nose has lots of sweet caramel malt, coffee, cocoa, a bit of spice and dark fruit. Has some similarities to a stout but the sweet malty scents differentiate is pretty clearly.
Flavour is similar to the nose, but not quite as enveloping. Cocoa, coffee, caramel malt, slightly bitter. Not bad. Nice flavours but not exciting.
Pretty highly carbonated, medium bodied. A bit chewy.
Overall, pretty good but not anything to get too crazy about. I like it but I wouldn't be seeking it out again.
01-18-2012 02:11:12 | More by jrenihan
Dark & Handsome from Box Steam Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.