Funnel Blower | Box Steam Brewery

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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

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Added by benclimbs on 03-04-2010

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pDev:
9.89%
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: very dark brown, almost opaque; thick, layered head that sticks around a good time

Aroma: jumps out of the glass with rich nuttiness; also getting roasted scents, caramel, and some smokiness

Taste & Mouthfeel: first taste is incredibly creamy and smooth - great mouthfeel; roasted taste with elements of smoke are coming through as promised by the aroma; dry finish with just the right amount of bitterness; medium carbonation

Overall: like a less creamy Guinness and with more flavour - a great late fall brew

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color porter with a large slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee with nice vanilla notes. Taste is a great balanced mix between some light roasted malt notes with light dry coffee with no astringency and some lactose notes with perfect notes of vanilla. Body is bit thin but considering the ABV that could be expected with good carbonation. Very well brewed with great complexity while retaining good drinkability factor.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We tend to think of vanilla as white but vanilla pods (and the flavoured liquid extracted from them) are in fact a deep brown colour, much the same as this beer. Funnel Blower lets off an excess, not of steam, but of foam. The beer's surface is protected by a thick, sponge-like coating that even manages to stick to parts of the glass as well.

Unlike the brewery, I wouldn't call the vanilla sweetness "subtle". You can tell right from the first sniff that something's up. I concede, however, that when contrasted against smoky roast malts vanilla tends to take on a slightly different kind of tone; I don't think of sweet pastries when I smell this, rather flavoured coffee.

Funnel Blower is a beer that, to most people, would be considered delicious. In this regard, I am certainly like most people. While it doesn't have a tremendously rich character, the porter contrasts bitter and sweet in such a way that rolls coffee and dessert into one. Chocolate isn't much tasted, however. Mostly barley, maybe a bit of lactose.

Unlike other breweries, Box Steam didn't use their vanilla porter to go chasing after those with a sweet tooth. Instead, they've kept the beer very much grounded in, well, the beer world. It is bitter and showcases plenty of roasted barley and mineral water qualities that are not found in cakes or puddings. Guinness drinkers aren't alienated.

A very interesting start leads to a fairly conventional overall impression. Despite the vanilla accenting, Funnel Blower doesn't steer far from the pedigree of English brown porters. It is merely a medium-light beer with moderate biscuity and roast flavours. That doesn't make it a disappointment, mind you. In fact, it's certainly something I'd buy again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep crimson red with a two-finger foam head which appears slightly creamy. Decent retention with good lacing down the glass.

S: Dark roasted coffee, cocoa, dark fruits (plums & cherries), a fair bit of vanilla, and traces of smoke. Enticing.

T: Tastes are more low-profile than the aromas indicated. Subdued hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee coupled with a dose of vanilla. There's an appealing faint sourness towards the finish which levels out the vanilla sweet.

M: Light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. A good roasted dryness is present from start to finish.

D: I'm enjoying this quite a bit for an English Porter. The subtle sourness that contrasts the vanilla is making this quite crisp and easy to drink. Will be picking up more.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO. Appreciate small breweries and lower a.b.v. Pours a large retained beige head on black body. Mild roast, the taste is roastier than the smell. About average mouthfeel, although a bit thin for the style. Pretty simple really, only a little hops, much more malts. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of hotsudge
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick creamy head, but it slims fast.

Initial nose is chocolaty, then hints of vanilla and caramel poke through.

In the mouth, it's a little thin and uncomplicated. I would have liked a bit more complexity or layering of flavours in the mouth as it had with the nose.

Overall a good beer, I'd buy it again for sure if I was craving a Porter.

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Photo of heebes
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on the first chilly fall day.

Pours a dark auburn with a finger of fluffy light tan head. Nose yields roasted malts, barley, light chocolate notes, some sweetness from the vanilla. Taste is very smooth and inviting starting with the creamy subtle vanilla then showing its robust porter dark malts. Sweet on the sip, thin in the finish but overall a very satisfying beer. A decent try.

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Photo of Mit
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish colour very little light getting through. Short lived head

Caramel sweetness permeates the nose...slight bitterness near the end.

Chocolate notes with a molasses after taste...coffee...

Actually feels heavier than the 4.5 abv...

Overall this is a decent Porter. Would def grab it again.

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Photo of paxkey
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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 kwjd
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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 andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, thumb of small bubbled mocha head, solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Nutty almond and chocolate notes, touch of vanilla and toffee.

T - A tad bitter, but the chocolate and coffee notes are tasty. The vanilla comes through, but rather subtle with a touch of smoke. Unique and certainly tasty.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes can come across a tad thin, but by no means offensive, down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Pretty tasty with some solid flavours and some unique characteristics. Worth a try indeed.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
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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Photo of peensteen
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, light ruby comes through in the light, one finger of tan head, spots of lace. Smell is of vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, light sugary notes, milky presence as well. Taste follows the nose, chocolate, coffee, roasty, nice vanilla presence throughout especially in aftertaste, lightly bitter, bakers chocolate. Carbonation is a little prickly leaning towards harsh, light feel and a bit watery, light-med body. Pretty solid brew, drinks like an iced cappuccino, quite nice.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before July 2012

Beer is very dark brown, essentially black. Two finger widths or so of beige head. Lots of bubbles, even in the beer, sticking to the glass. Head is not very active, but the bubbles suggest a lot of carbonation. Little lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, cocoa and some coffee. Nose is slightly bitter.

Taste is similar to the nose, but watered down by a very light body. Vanilla sticks out for me, along with the roasted malt and cocoa. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Body of the beer is too light. While I was not expecting a heavy imperial stout, this beer was lighter than expected and cut the flavour for me. Quite carbonated for the style.

Overall, pretty enjoyable. If the carbonation was toned down and the beer made a little thicker, I think it would be quite good indeed, as the flavour profile is nice.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great pour, nice big fluffy off-white head over near-black beer. Good sticky lacings to the finish.

Quite a sweet aroma. Dark chocolate and vanilla combine for a milk chocolatey character. Tempting.

Bitter roast right up front gives way, quite slowly, to chocolate and vanilla. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is off. Too much carbonation, at odds with the flavour profile.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Stocean1
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big three finger head with lots of carbonation bursting out of the bottle - some lacing with little retention - reminds me of pouring a can of coke - dark caramel brown colour (like coke)

S - burnt malt, caramel, vanilla and dark fruit

T - burnt malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel with some grassy hops

M - light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation - bitter aftertaste - still relatively smooth

O - a very nice porter although I would prefer it to a little less carbonated and perhaps a little creamier - certainly worth another go though

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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely deep brown colour with ruby highlights visible when illuminated. The off-white coloured frothy head can barely be contained by a pint glass. It burns off quickly, but leaves a healthy film and lace behind.

Smells of dark malts with a solid chocolate tone and a rather sweet vanilla backing that reminds me of a waffle cone.

Bitter chocolatey taste with a sweet vanilla backing and an almost burnt, toasted quality to it. Has a really fresh grain or grasslike taste to the finish and I pick up a hint of candied cherry.

Typically thin porter body with a medium carbonation. Very dry, almost puckering aftertaste balanced by a chocolate syrup-like residue with a dark coffe note.

A very, very good porter that I'm sure I'll pick up again despite not really liking the style. Could be a nice desert beer or even as one for an English breakfast.

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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 78 ratings