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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
London, England

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RATINGS: 85   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoestring (267) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Without a shadow of a doubt, this was one of the most flavoursome beers I have tried. The smokiness came through big time. Deep, deep black, tan head that dissipates. Creamy chocolate aroma, then the big roasted earthy flavour hits you. A real hidden gem From Marks and Spencer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1654) - AUSTRIA - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6110) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
This one includes caregeenan, whatever that is. It certainly hasn’t harmed the stout! Lovely smell of roasted malt, full flavour of ashes, coffee and a hint of liquorice. Not an imperial porter, just a lovely no-nonsense stout that should be re-exported to Ireland.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2261) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11123) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1105) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2104) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1520) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Good chocolate and medium roast aroma, bitter palate, with a bit of vegetable and soy in there, but generally pretty good. Liquorice in the finish and a bit of leather. Tasty enough

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3405) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
Poured a deep, murky brown with a huge, frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet lactose, coffee and roast malt. Medium body, flavour of the aroma, a bit of dark chocolate, vanilla smoothness and a sweet but dry finish. Vry ncely balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4733) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2013
50cl Bottle from M&S A’dam. Almost black, creamy light-beige head. Aroma of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, hard roasted malts, coffee. Flavour of hard roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, light fruity touch, cocoa, nice dry bitter finish. Light-bodied, smooth. Good stout imho.


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