Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
London, England


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2591) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2011
Thanks to my dad for this bottle. Appearance: Cola black with a thin off white head. Aroma: malt, some very light chocolate and coffee, a little wet cardboard too. Flavour: Sweet at first, vanilla, a tiny amount of chocolate, a little roasty in the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (1784) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Roasted coffee aroma, bitter espresso flavour. Bitterness follows through on the finish, a faint sweetness and some cherry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (2484) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin head, that didn’t last. Aroma is faint, but is roasted malt and some licorice. Roasted malt to start. Lots of roasted coffee and some licorice on the dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1055) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2010
Pours almost completely black with a rather large but quickly disappearing head. Malt, toffee and horse aroma. Flavour is coffee, malt and hops with a somewhat watery mouthfeel but a slightly burning aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DeanF (1628) - Nunavut, CANADA - AUG 17, 2010
Dark brown, okay pillow of head but not dense enough. Aroma of wet burnt barley and water. Taste is an odd mix of malt and roasted barley, like a half-guinnes half-spiced sout concoction. Doesn’t taste right. Doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2010
50cl bottle from M&S Liverpool. Black with dark beige edges, but virtually no head at all. Liquorice style aroma with some roasted malt aroma. I really don’t like liquorice and this is very liquorice-y. So not my favourite stout, and the carbonation makes the mouth feel really thin. Not one of my favourite stouts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle 500ml.
Clear dark brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, coffee, creame vanilla, light to moderate roasted and burnt. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, artificial - cheap commodity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091230]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (1877) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle from marks and sparks. Pours black with a tan head, last a while. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel. Nice nose. Flavours of malts, some hops, coffee, smoke. Finishes dry and hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (13336) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
15th July 2008. Label says brewed with Carageenan. The interweb reveals this to be a seaweed extract commonly used as thickeners in the food industry!! Mmmm! Smooth and creamy but full of lively dark malt bite and quite a bitterish hop finish. Plenty going on!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4196) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2009
50cl bottle. Deep chestnut brown in colour with a dense off-white head, fading fast to leave a ring around the sides of the glass; richly roasted malts giving chocolate and smoke aromas; light to medium body with a dry feel, and some chocolate and coffee notes; the finish is dry and silky. An excellent stout.

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