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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
London, England

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common

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RATINGS: 84   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1098) - 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 (10767) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14184) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2011
bottle at chriss... dark brown black ... thin tan lacing ... soft coffee roast malts ... dark roast ... toffee roast ...

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (10479) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 17, 2011
Gespannt öffne ich die Flasche des IPA’s und erwarte einen vollmundigen Hopfengeruch – Fehlanzeige. Auch der erste Schluck zeugt nur wenig von einem IPA, es ist zumindest ein sehr mildes mit deutlichen Einflüssen eines „Bitter“. Schwach malzig-hopfiger Antrunk, der Hopfen wird nur noch wenig stärker und wird bald von der bitteren Note überholt, die sie ursprünglich nachgezogen hat. Dennoch spielt die Hopfigkeit im Mittelteil noch eine relativ große Bedeutung während sie im Abagng absolut unwichtig scheint. Nur noch eine leichte Grasigkeit ist feststellbar, sonst regiert hier eine mittelintensive Herbe und eine eher schwach ausgeprägte Würzigkeit. Frisch, der Hopfen zeigt sich noch einmal indirekt. 7/9/8/9/12/9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10139) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
Bottled, 500ml from M&S, Summertown, Oxon. Black with tan head. Needs a steady hand to pour, there is an earthy, malty aroma very early on. The beer has a good roasty depth, chocolate malts to the fore with a pleasantly fruity background. Coffee husk, liquorice and Worcester Sauce notes in the body, big on the palate and comforting. My beer for St Paddys day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2171) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a black color with a light tan head. Small head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Roasty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Sweet chocolate, mixed with coffee and roasted malt. Malty. Doesn’t taste dry, but seems that way from the scents you get mixed in with the taste. Pleasant. Smooth and creamy. Fairly drinkable. The sweet, velvety creaminess makes the beer go down smooth. The pleasant aroma each time it is brought to your mouth also adds to the pleasure. Quite a good beer for a contract beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1369) - chill and boost, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2011
(500ml bottle) This is way drinkable ;simplistic 1 ass dimensional stout but good .Lots of roasted bitterness, chocolaty notes ..with a minty hop bitterness . An eazy drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2662) - 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.


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