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Dark & Handsome - Box Steam Brewery

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 65
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sammy on 12-19-2010

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (745 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

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. (812 characters)

Photo of paxkey
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (879 characters)

Photo of MrHall
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall, I kind of like this ale - Hell, CAMRA loves it. Like others have said, it really seems more like a brown ale than an old ale.

The appearance is the most disappointing part of this beer. I really does look like murky cola. The head even dissipates like pop does.

There's a nice fruity aroma. I get dark fruit like black berries.

The taste is really balanced. nice maltiness, a bit of the citrus, as advertised, and some hops at the end.

Mouthfeel, is a bit thin, but mine didn't seem to suffer as much as others did. Perhaps it's best as a light drinkable brown ale.

I also wonder if people are afraid to label their beers as "brown" because brown is boring. But I love a good malty brown ale. (710 characters)

Photo of OldGrowler
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I wish they would stop giving craft beers childish names and sparse labels that look like a logo-generator program designed them. I almost didn't try this one because of the packaging, but because it was British I relented at the last minute to this "Smooth creamy beer with hints of lemon, blackcurrant, liquorice." Nothing could be further form the truth. Mouthfeel was watery like cola. Looks like cola too, but who cares really? Aroma on the other hand was delightful, like baking. Taste is spicy, raisiny, cocoa--equally comforting. Remarkably, not bitter, not acidic, not super-malty like others of this style. This is a baking-spice, savoury beer, not fruity really. Very likeable and drinkable because flavours and characters balance perfectly. A little thicker, and this beer could be top notch by critics standards. (825 characters)

Photo of Mit
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a dark almost cola colour with almost no head at all.

Smells vaguely of raisins, currants, a light hoppy character in the background.

Very light almost watery tasting. Slight hoppy bitterness, very mild malt character.

Mouthfeel was very thin. Almost like drinking a macro light beer.

Fairly drinkable but the lack of mouthfeel really did detract for me. (364 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown colour with hints of red. Starts off with white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing. Smells of dried fruit and lemon with toasted malt. I don't get any hops or bitterness whatsoever. Very sweet flavour, and a bit of alcohol which is odd at only 5%. Thin mouthfeel, very light carbonation overall. I was looking forward to this beer and i think it is just ok. (405 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (662 characters)

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Dark & Handsome from Box Steam Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.