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Dark & Handsome | Box Steam Brewery

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73 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 12-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,711
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
73
pDev:
11.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
8
Trade:
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Rempeba
1.6/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of korguy123
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes from 5/5/2011

A- Dark root beer hazzy pour. Half finger egg shell creamy head. Lacing is decent.

S- Roasted malts, black coffee. Little vanilla. Fairly bland and boring. None of the tasting notes on the bottle are in this.

T- Watered down coffee. Slight dark fruits. Very bland and boring.

M- Thin with a little chewy in the back end. Light carbonation. Zero aftertaste

O- Very one dimensional, quite bland. Will not grab again.

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Photo of Mit
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a dark almost cola colour with almost no head at all.

Smells vaguely of raisins, currants, a light hoppy character in the background.

Very light almost watery tasting. Slight hoppy bitterness, very mild malt character.

Mouthfeel was very thin. Almost like drinking a macro light beer.

Fairly drinkable but the lack of mouthfeel really did detract for me.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stoutmeister
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stocean1
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this is a deep brown brew with a beige two finger head that disappeared quickly to a thin collar of bubbles. Some light patchy lacing.

S - earthy and nutty malt with faint grassy hops and wood

T - follows the nose and is rather muted, faint coffee and herbal qualities but nothing really stands out, rather disappointing.

M - light bodied with a watery quality, there is plenty of carbonation. Relatively smooth and drinkable this brew has a nice amount of bitterness in the lingering finish.

O - I was disappointed by this brew as I have enjoyed the other offerings I haved tried from this brewer. Quite simply a one dimensional brew with nothing standing out.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well pours with no head. Dark.

S- Saving grace here. Chocolate and malt

T- Malt and chocolate.

M- Dry and tart

O- Pretty good but I still will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer paired well with... Pizza

Enjoy

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Photo of mrnobody
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cola coloured with half a finger of off-white head that immediately disappears.

S: Smells of roasted malt, molasses, caramel.

T: The flavour is quite mild but there is some bitterness in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel seems thin and the carbonation is prickly.

D: This is a pretty harmless beer but not interesting enough to bother with again.

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Photo of scott451
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger tan head on a very dark amber. As others have remarked it looks a lot like Coke. The head diminishes to a persistent ring.

Sweet spicy malt smells. Tastes of toasty malts. Some liquorice in the aftertaste. Blackcurrants emerge as it warms.

Fairly light mouthfeel. Creamy texture. A very nice dark ale. Smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of portwood
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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 irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KevinSP
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown colour with hints of red. Starts off with white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing. Smells of dried fruit and lemon with toasted malt. I don't get any hops or bitterness whatsoever. Very sweet flavour, and a bit of alcohol which is odd at only 5%. Thin mouthfeel, very light carbonation overall. I was looking forward to this beer and i think it is just ok.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Handsomely dark, deep ruby red with a moderate tan head of fine foam.

S - Nose is roasty, slightly medicinal.

T - A little light on the flavour side. Burnt grain, green apple more than lemon (as advertised), mild dry bitterness. Lingering aftertaste.

M - Moderate body and a bit of zippy carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Fairly drinkable. I would have preferred a bit less apple.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful dark colour with amber highlights. Pours clear, with no sign of head. In fact, this particular bottle is pretty much flat.

Smokey aroma and ending with a pleasantly dry and bitter finish. The taste is well balanced, with roasted malts, coffee undertones and smokiness. I don't pick up on the licorice flavours advertised on the bottle, but I'm clearly no cicerone or anywhere close to a refined palate...

Overall a pleasant ale, but not one for which I'd pay a premium.

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Photo of Electros
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some dry bitter notes. Taste is a mix between some medium dry roasted malt notes with light fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting though lacking complexity or some subtlety are maybe just too subtle for me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a small to average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some average lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, molasses, coffee, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of malts and molasses, and coffee/chocolate. The bottle says it has a licorice taste and I guess I kind of picked up on that as well. There was also a bit of a dark fruit taste. The beer finished with a malty molasses aftertaste.

Drink - Not a bad beer.. just not spectacular. It would probably make a fairly decent session brew. I'm happy I gave it a try but I don't think I'd seek it out again.

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Dark & Handsome from Box Steam Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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