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Funnel Blower | Box Steam Brewery

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3.75/5
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74 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Box Steam Brewery
England, United Kingdom
boxsteambrewery.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by benclimbs on 03-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,466
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
74
pDev:
9.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep umber brown with smaller head that has medium retention and leaves just a little lace. Nose seems to have stayed home as I'm only getting the lightest whiff of sweet vanilla over roasted grain. Fortunately, the beer redeems itself with the flavor. Soft milk chocolate and lightly roasted notes with some of that vanilla are the primary players. Pretty classic profile, although I would have guessed a milk stout in a blind tasting. Nice mouthfeel as well. Overall, a very nice 4.5% porter/stout.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half Litre bottle, poured into Pint Shaker.

A: Very dark auburn colour, slight red around the edges. Small tanned head, poor retention, didn't leave much lacing.

S: Fudge and vanilla.

T: Dark high cocoa chocolate, fudge and some vanilla, lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium to heavy body, smooth, low carbonation.

O: More bitter than other porters, decent character for the strength.

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4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Lidl, Bristol - Pours dark brown. No discernible head. Initial strong carbonation which subsided to medium. Smell - coffee, chocolate overtones. Taste - sweet , vanilla, coffee, slight bitter feel. Not bad porter.

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3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 2015. Glad to see another brew from these guys being brought into Ontario, as I rather liked the Dark & Handsome I tried a year or two ago. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a dark, mahogany-copper colour; not quite opaque, with some amber highlights. It's crowned with just over one finger of soapy, light beige-coloured head that soon evaporates, leaving behind a frothy cap and collar, as well as a nice curtain of lace. Subdued aroma, which offers up notes of roasted malt, espresso, vanilla and caramel, with suggestions of toasted nuts and ripe orchard fruit.

A very serviceable, straightforward porter. Roasted grains, caramel and brown sugar provide the bulk of the backbone, with baker's chocolate and a light note of coffee also contributing. A hint of milk sugar sweetness, like you'd find in a milk stout. A touch of vanilla, plum and light smokiness also come through, with the finish characterized by a mixture of bittersweet chocolate and lightly astringent charriness. Medium-light in body, with fairly assertive carbonation levels that provide this porter with a somewhat livelier mouthfeel than I tend to prefer. A very minor complaint, though - this stuff is quaffable as all hell.

Final Grade: 3.95, an impressive B+. This one grew on me a little as I made my way through the glass, forcing me to bump the taste grade somewhat. Box Steam's Funnel Blower is really a very well-made session porter, providing exactly what I want from this sort of beer in ample quantities. If it were available locally I could definitely see myself grabbing a few more bottles, as it's not always easy to find a good English-style porter around here. Give it a shot; you probably won't be blown away, but if you're just in the mood for a solid session porter, you can't go wrong here.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the lcbo into a tulip. Colour is a dark brown, lacing is on the light side but has some good clarity and tan head.

S - warming, with a hefty dose of vanilla, sugar rock candy, caramel, lots of vanilla, some peach notes, some toasty caramel malt but mainly a robust deserty aroma.

T - pears, vanilla, and a good robust stone-fruitiness, some caramel sweetness that balances off some of the roastiness on the malts. Again a subtle bready toasty character but it has a lot of sweetness, a bit lactic and caramel like, with a good dose of vanilla. Finish ends a bit thin and bitter.

M - moderate bodied, a bit thin at points, with a subtle carbonation and generally an upfront profile on the palate with the initial sweetness then a lingering dry caramel (mild astringency).

Overall, this was an enjoyable session porter, but could be improved. I found it a bit heavy on the vanilla and sweet brown sugar notes, but it has a nice complexity and flavour in the middle and then gets a bit thin toward the finish. Roasty malts play a subtle and almost background to the crystal.

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Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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