wheresthepath (1521) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[500ml bottle from M&S Reading] Black with a moderate tan head. Chocolate & coffee at first, with a smooth mouthfeel and growing amounts of liquorice. The whole thing is rather taken over by charcoal in the bitter, dry, burnt malt finish. Too burnt for me, I’m afraid.
culchiem (2405) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Burnt malt dominates the aroma and taste leading to a sharp bitterness in the finish. Lack a bit of creaminess.
worldbeertaste (1598) - AUSTRIA - JUL 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Dark opaque brown almost black with a frothy creamy, soft lacy, lasting tan head. Smells of malt, coffee, chocolate and roast, vanilla and burn. Full rich body with soft carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, nut, coffee, chocolate and a burn roast finish. Nice coffee after taste.
Cuso (4206) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from M&S Bratislava. ALmost black color with medium long lasting beige head. Heavy coffee aroma wit roasted malt. Taste, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hints of liquorice, light smokiness in background. Coffee bitter finish. Good.
Bygers (633) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0,5l bought at Mark & Spencer in Manchester. Black, clear, brown foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness in finish, medium body, slick feel, thick feel, long finish, nice Stout. Caramel, chocolate and coffee aroma and taste.
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DanielBrown (3697) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from M&S, Thurmaston, Leics. Smells alright: not dramatic. Pours with not much head. This has most of the elements of a good Stout - smooth, chocolatey roast etc; but it’s all a little muted. Some cardboard and water towards the finish, but mainly it doesn’t build on it’s promising features.
deanso (5024) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 50cl bottle from Marks & Spencers, The Hague.
Decent off white head. Deep dark pour. A nice stout.
nealgersh (19) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Carlow Brewery’s website it described their Easter Stout as follows, and this M&S beer seems to be the same or very close as I think these tasting notes apply to it pretty well
O’HARA’S EASTER STOUT
Dry Irish Stout with 4.5% ABV
Appearance: Deep black with a reddish hue when held to the light. Pours with a slightly tan coloured head.
Flavours: Initial flavour is of dark chocolate, as it warms in the mouth the flavour profile moves towards hints of coffee.
Aftertaste: There is a distinct spiciness which mingles with the lingering coffee and chocolate flavours to give this stout a dry finish.
swooper (1243) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, caramel and coffee aroma, light alcohol in the aroma, black, clear, brown foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness in finish, medium body, slick feel, thick feel, long finish, very nice Stout, like it
dogbomb (917) - ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from M&S. Pours black with dark brown when you hold it up to the light. The head is classic heavy tan stout, but it disappears faster than a lot of stouts. Chocolates, coffee and roasted malts. Body is nice and creamy. Bitter on the tongue, with sweet tones which balance quite nicely. Really nice. Not the greatest stout - but certainly a good drinker!