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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
London, England

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (5049) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bygers (847) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2012
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3911) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5694) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 50cl bottle from Marks & Spencers, The Hague. Decent off white head. Deep dark pour. A nice stout.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealgersh (19) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
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 TASTING NOTES:   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.  

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (966) - ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2012
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2258) - 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 (10771) - 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 (1221) - 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.


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