Funnel Blower | Box Steam Brewery

Funnel BlowerFunnel Blower
BA SCORE
57.5%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 73 ratings
Funnel BlowerFunnel Blower
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by benclimbs on 03-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,614
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
73
Liked:
42
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
9.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark ruby topped by a nice thick head of foam. Specks of lace remain.

Aroma is pure chocolate and cardboard. Mild roast.

The taste is the same. Dark and milk chocolate with a bit of roast and oxidization and vanilla. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is very light and incredibly watery with a goodly amount of chalky carbonation.

This is one of the weakest porters I have ever had, more like an English Dark Mild Ale than a porter actually. Maybe a brown ale.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ADZA
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest brown hue with a one finger khaki head that doesn't even say hello before vanishing and a feint rim not much happening at this club from the outside but the smell of sweet vanilla bean,golden syrup,milk chocolate and toffee are slowly enticing me to wait the big line and just like thinking on entry maybe it wasn't worth it with this overcarbonated light body feel but the taste of dominant vanilla,cream,milky coffee and roasty milk chocolate bittersweetness make me think ill stay another hour and then I'm outta here and now I've seen inside I won't be coming back soon cheers.

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Photo of MattPS
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; Best Before date is not printed on the label, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: according to the front label, this beer (supposedly the cask-conditioned version) was elected Gold, Winner, or Second Beer of the Festival on many occasions in 2009, esp. in Southern England.

A: pours a deeply dark brown hue with nearly no beer head, a signal that the beer probably is not well conditioned in the bottle.
S: lightly roasted and lightly sour with a wee bit of winey touch to it, while sweetness is limited to the notes like licorice, nuttiness and brown malts. Not bad, but not special – just above average.
T: not very assertive comes the foretaste, featuring light roasted malts/barleys and bitter licorice; gradually and subtly, the herbal&earthy notes of hops develop, but lend mainly a deepening bitter and slightly chewy palate than a hoppy taste to the overall flavour profile.
M&D: not very well conditioned in the bottle, as the carbonation is next to none, although it doesn’t mean that the beer is outright flat as the medium body and the certain degree of depth work to salvage the weak palate. Meant to be a Porter, this bottle-conditioned version strikes me as way too simplistic and lacks that vital edge of sour fruitiness or staleness which normally complements the roasty and malty compartments. Maybe the cask version is truly good, hence so many trophies, but this bottle fails to show the least of the glamour.3

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Photo of paxkey
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

great label design on bottle.

poured in a chalice this beer produced no head as is typical of the style.
looks like cola in the glass. dark burgandy/black opaque.

the aroma is fantastic. roasted notes are prominent with chocoalte, and vanilla dominating. smells like desert.

more carbonation than i was expecting. gonna let it warm up a bit. noticing the beer is a bit watery. starts out sharply acidic with a bit of the caramelly desert like roastiness in the middle but definitely finishes watery with a bit of roastiness lingering but still kinda watery.
the alcohol hits harder then expected for a lower abv.
warming up definitely brings more flavor to the beer with an improved lingering roasty bitterness,
however the sharp acidity of the carbonation and the slightly watery mouthfeel sets this off as just midling for me. based on the great aroma was expecting better things.

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Photo of Long813
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyV
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent cola colour, with a small mocha head that is not all that dense at first but then slowly tightens into a nice cap on top. Aroma's on the sweet side, full of roasted malt, cocoa, and a tiny bit of sour/metallic twang. Tastes of roasted barley, chocolate, and earthy hops, a bit underwhelming. Dry finish with a slight sour bitterness provided more so from the hops as opposed to the roasted malt. Body feels a bit thin and the carbonation feels too aggressive--missing the soft luxurious mouthfeel. This will probably be a one and done for me, I much prefer (and at a better pricepoint) Fuller's London Porter.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Wajohnst
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pitch black, solid tan head dissipated consistently and slowly to a thin covering
S - roasty malt and coffee aromas, some nuttiness and licorice
T - strong roastiness, some bitter sweet licorice, mild coffee with a slightly burnt finish
M - relatively light with a dry charred feel
O - strong dark flavours are generally pleasant, I typically like my porters with a little more booze, but this works well

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Photo of jonb5
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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Photo of kwjd
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour with thick pale tan head. Some very mild lacing on the glass. Smells of some nice roast, coffee, vanilla and faint chocolate. Flavour has some roasty bitterness with some vanilla sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter. Overall a nice beer.

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

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO. I've been off beer for a couple of weeks, so I figured a nice porter would suit me just fine.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut brown, leaves a thin but stable head full of large bubbles and lacing residue.

Nose is dark coffee, nuts, caramel, toffee, bittering hops.

Decent porter flavor, would rate this higher as an English mild actually. Finishes with hop bitterness coupled with roasted coffee. A bit of sweetness up front. All the flavors are there.

The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, and the carbonation is quite harsh. Silky and smooth, this beer is certainly not. Pity.

Turn down the heat on this brew and you'd have a serviceable porter. As it stands, the thin mouthfeel and strong carbonation made for a very burpy pint, and detracted from the beer's more positive attributes. Might try again just to see if I picked the wrong bottle the first time round.

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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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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels slightly watery. I can taste chocolate and malts mixed with some roasted nuts and a smokiness. However all of these flavours are very light. It finishes with a chocolate and malt aftertaste with a slight amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall – While the beer is very drinkable, it just doesn't have anything exciting going on. The scent was probably the best part, but unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it smells. I'd pick something else up next time, especially considering the price.

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Funnel Blower from Box Steam Brewery
Beer rating: 57.5% out of 100 with 73 ratings
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