Dark & Handsome | Box Steam Brewery

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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:
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Added by Sammy on 12-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KStark
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of portwood
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

smell: coffee, malty, toffee, dark fruits. Taste: medium body & carbonation, hint of liquorice. Finish: bittersweet, toasted nuts, ashy dry w/oak char note.
(bottle BB Jan17)

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Photo of CRObighit2
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 4ster
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akdo
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +13.4%
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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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carscadden11
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Electros
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Stoutmeister
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Rempeba
1.6/5  rDev -56.2%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $3.95 CDN. Best before February 2015.

Appearance - dark molasses in color, this beer yielded about a finger of off-white head this dissolved into a thin wispy layer of froth. Some lacing stays on the sides of the glass. The beer is quite dark but no quite so dark that you can't see into it, even giving a ruby hue in certain light.

Smell - aromatics are not particularly bold when cold. Sort of a coffee and licorise medley and dark fruit. Improves with warming.

Taste - there's some coffee which transitions into a lite black licorise flavor. Maybe so,e dark fruits in there but they're rather subdued. Licorise on the aftertaste and a bit of chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated but the body feels too thin to be an old ale and doesn't coat the palate enough to do the black licorise flavor justice.

Overall - an lighter and interesting take on an old ale. It's certainly pretty drinkable and fairly innovative however the execution just doesn't quite live up to the ambitious pretence. Still worth trying especially for those enjoying licorise.

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Dark & Handsome from Box Steam Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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