Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (4239) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 22, 2012
0,5l bottle. Pitch black color. Medium size beige head appears. Stays ’til the end. Roasted, dry coffee, malty flavor. Roasted, malty, faint coffee beans in flavor. Very smooth to drink. But something is missing in this drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9535) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2012
500ml bottle bought at the M&S store near to the train station in Leeds. Fragile lacing from a tan-coloured head. Dark brown body. Promising smell of dark chocolate malts with a slight roastiness. Sweet malty taste of chocolate and roasted coffee. Bittersweet end. Pleasant enough (Bodington Flats, 10.07.2012).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1833) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
[500ml bottle from M&S Reading] Black with a moderate tan head. Chocolate & coffee at first, with a smooth mouthfeel and growing amounts of liquorice. The whole thing is rather taken over by charcoal in the bitter, dry, burnt malt finish. Too burnt for me, I’m afraid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (3111) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Burnt malt dominates the aroma and taste leading to a sharp bitterness in the finish. Lack a bit of creaminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1760) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Dark opaque brown almost black with a frothy creamy, soft lacy, lasting tan head. Smells of malt, coffee, chocolate and roast, vanilla and burn. Full rich body with soft carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, nut, coffee, chocolate and a burn roast finish. Nice coffee after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (6273) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bygers (1014) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4166) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (6975) - 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.

   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.  

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