DanielBrown (3825) - 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 (5364) - 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 (1248) - 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 (944) - 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!
stravale (2104) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
HenrikSoegaard (10554) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
suurjuust (1068) - ESTONIA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
KyotoLefty (6504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.