Dark & Handsome | Box Steam Brewery

Dark & HandsomeDark & Handsome
BA SCORE
45.2%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 73 ratings
Dark & HandsomeDark & Handsome
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 12-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,754
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
73
Liked:
33
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
11.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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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.

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Photo of jcubz
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KStark
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carscadden11
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Wajohnst
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BBP
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like an English porter with good darkness and a decent head. A tad more lacing than you'd expect as well.

The nose is the highlight of this drink for me. It sports a fair amount of roastiness as well as some dark malt.

Taste-wise some hops come into play. Mostly spicy and grassy but they are a bit foundational to the drink. As it warms up it really seems a lot richer.

The mouthfeel is medium full and a little thicker. Carbonation is kept under check but fills the drink up nicely.

Overall, it's a nice drink. I'd probably reclassify this as an English porter, but it fits the old ale style as well. I think it suffers a bit playing a stronger style while getting lighter in alcohol, but it's still a great drink.

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Photo of akdo
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer is pitch black and the lower-end is brown. You can see through that brown foot. Upon pouring the beer into the glass, you will see a thin film, which will dissipates very quickly in favour of a crown on the sides and some lacings on the top.

Smell: The aromas were not aggressive. You could smell the black currants and the coffee.

Taste: The palate introduces us to black currants with a toned down sweetness, which is not a bad thing. Afterwards, I tasted coffee made from newly ground grains. It is almost like a stout without the hints of dark chocolate or caramel. Although the label mentioned the presence of notes of black licorice, I didn't taste it.

Feel: The beer is soft and creamy on our tongue. Moreover, it is an easy drinking beer because of its fruitiness on the front-end and its taste of coffee on the back-end.

Overall: It is a very ambitious beer. The look could be improved with a better carbonation and a formation of a resilient head. Despite its flaws, Dark & Handsome has nice flavours.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

dark dark clear amber. two- three fingers of light brown head. retains well.

smells leathery, black currant, burnt grains, black liquorice. rye bread.

taste is roasted malts, charcoal, ashy, espresso beans, nice stout like flavours. bit of liquorice again. bitter at the end. a bit metallic.

overall this is a really nice drink. coming in like a porter stout combine. really heavy on the sweet roasty malts and strong bitter finish. also very easy drinking and smooth. Have to say, i enjoy this a lot. Well worth your time. lots of char goodness. definitely will get a few more.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Ale?
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
see it
buy it
enjoy it

P.S. Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild Dark Mild

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Photo of sjtmbg
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is a new one to me, in Wiltshire in the south of England.
Very dark in color but almost an pale ale in taste. Bitter at the start, buttery mouthfeel near finish with delightful aftertaste. Always interesting when the mouth is fooled by the eyes.
Look forward to trying more from this outfit.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mremoquillo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Glorithm
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Dark & Handsome from Box Steam Brewery
Beer rating: 45.2% out of 100 with 73 ratings
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