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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
London, England

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This full-bodied dry stout bottled in County Carlow, south-west of Dublin is based on an authentic recipe first introduced around 1740. Its taste was said to make grown men weep for more! Its unique blend of roasted malts, grains and bitter hops ensures a deliciously balanced and smooth flavor.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle from M&S (of course!) Black, ruby edges, thick tan head with reasonable lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted malt.
Taste of roasted malts, fruity berries, burnt crust, charred wood.
Palate - soft carb, medium body, silky smooth.
Finish - flavours expand greatly throughout the mouth - roasted malt, fruity, burnt notes and a dry woody bitterness that lingers but this tails off leaving a clean palate.
Overall - This well made stout has an impressive rich finish that overshadows the main flavour

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10420) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Almost black dark red amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy arom. Burnt roasted notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Coffee and chocolate dominating over roast. Moderate bitter average finish. Oily palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (1001) - ESTONIA - OCT 13, 2011
Dark brown, small off-white head. Roasty, malty aroma with coffee notes. Taste is roasted malts with coffee and chocolate notes, pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Smooth palate. Easy to drink. Balanced, solid brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle @ chriso. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6186) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle at Chriso’s. Pleasant nose of berries, chocolate, fudge brownie. Very chewy. Black with lace. Roasty flavor with coffee, brownie, wood. Nice and dry, yet flavorful. Does nicely. 

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2011
Bottled@The Chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011 "Donkey Dork Lord Edition". Deep brown colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is fruits, wood, ashes, some mild nuts as well as some mild coffee and liquorice. Flavour is fruity, roasted mats, mild liquorice and some slight burnt wooden notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1081) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black. Beige head. Aroma has milk chocolate and some roast. Smooth and full palate. Balanced roasty taste with a bit of coffee sourness. Nice hops in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown in color with a medium tanned head. Nice roastiness and coffe notes. Aroma is a bit weak, but taste is pretty flavorful. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10543) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle at ChrisO’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Clear, brown-black pour with a sturdy, off-white head. Sightly lactic nose, some cocoa roast. Nice flavor, modest chocolate, mild roastiness, slight milk cocoa. Light bodied with average carbonation. Slightly roasty, dry finish. Very easy drinker.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
A Mes rate. At Chris O’s pre GBBF.
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Decent dry Irish stout. Very true to form all round. Good dry malty finish. Well balanced and drinkable.


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