Monday, 26 March 2012

Dark & Handsome

This glorious offering comes from the Box Steam Brewery out of Wiltshire, England.  It is sold in 500mL bottles and contains 5% alcohol.  Dark & Handsome pours a deep, brooding ruby colour and features considerable head and lace.

It has a sweet, malty aroma that is reminiscent of a stout.  To my mind, the flavour tastes like a hybrid between a stout and a bitter.  It has the dark molasses notes of a classic stout married with the lively hop bitterness of a pale ale.  Somewhere lurking in the body of this behemoth is a heart of sweetness.  D&H ends with a slightly smokey aftertaste.

The packaging features some unusual touches, such as the observation that it was "engineered by hand".  and an anecdote about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was apparently a reputed engineer in the 1800s.  What gives?  Is this beer brewed by former engineers?

This is a damn fine beer.  It's quite unique, features ample character and is a highly stylish pint.  Box Steam Brewery's Dark & Handsome is more than worth a try.  I'd be eager to buy it again.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.


  1. An Unreputed Engineer28 March 2012 at 13:54

    If there were an Engineering Hall of Fame, Isambard Kingdom Brunel would be voted in on his first year of eligibility. Bridges, tunnels, ships, marine works - he built them all.

    In a British poll in 2002 to identify the "100 greatest Britons", Brunel finished second, behind only Winston Churchill, and ahead of such luminaries as Shakespeare, Darwin, Newton, and John Lennon.

    "apparently a reputed engineer" indeed. Hmph.

  2. This may be the greatest comment my blog has ever received. I commit to doing some light research to rectify my deplorable ignorance about Mr. Brunel.