Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime (SAB Miller)

Style: Porter
Paddington, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cold fermented at the Meantime Brewery for Marks & Spencer.
This London Porter is brewed in Greenwich, using no fewer than seven malts to recreate a historic recipe from the 1750s for a style of beer that was once synonymous with London.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
500ml bottle, drank straight from the bottles so can’t comment in appearance. Aroma is caramel, Malta and burnt toast. Quite heavily carbonated. Apart from sweet caramel, not much in the taste with a stale finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchad56 (318) - - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle - dark reddy brown with decent frothy tan head. Chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla aroma. Initial ting on tongue, but goes down well. Chocolate and roasted coffee tasting with dry finish - easily drinkable - enjoyed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (2024) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 4, 2015
Nothing really exciting about this one. Brown in color. I can even see through it. Head is small and beige in color. Watery with streight forward burned malt flavor. More water and a bit of black chocolate but I might be a bit exaggerating. It’s an easy drink for those who need to quench their thirst and they hate clear beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kingvit (409) - - SEP 10, 2015
Aroma: coffee, chocolate, citrus, lactose, caramel, roast; Taste: intense sourness, slight sweetness, slight bitterness; Palate: light body, watery texture, abrupt finish, average carbonation Smooth, a bit too sour and light bodied, could be improved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (1371) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Good porter aroma, but for a 5.5% beer, this tastes a bit thin. Not a bad porter, but not as strong as some of the other beers in the new range

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jvhemert (375) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Aroma: smoke, toast, chocolate Appearance: dark brown, no head Taste: little sweet, medium bitter Palate: very thin, no body Overall: aromas start interesting but without a body and aromas suddenly disappearing this is not one to repeat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2015
500ml bottle (M&S Rocca al Mare, Tallinn)
Rich cherry wood red, dark beige tight head. Pleasatly nutty aroma, nice husky grains, just a little bit of coffee. So grainy. Smooth palate, pleasant carbonatuon. Simple toasted wholemeal bread, lovely nuttiness, a little bit walnutty, some hint of almond. Finish a little bit toastier still. Damn, this is breakfast - I just need some honey on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tinylightsrecs (437) - - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Wetherby Services. Pours deep, dark brown/black. Thick, full flavour of smoke, meat, nuts, chocolate. A luxurious and enjoyable porter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5814) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
500ml bottle from M&S Richmond, 5.5% BB Jan 2016. Dark brown, small foamy off-white head doesn’t endure long. Aroma is light with some roast malts and wood. Body is medium, soft carbonation. Taste is leathery, some toffee, light smoke towards the finish. A touch watery, but OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1531) - HONG KONG - JUN 27, 2015

500 ml bottle bought at M&S in iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear deep ruby brown colour; One finger head with crumpety light beige foam which lasted for 90 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with fairly strong roastyness, strong cream, vanilla, sugar, milk chocolate, caramel, iced coffee light dark fruits and light grass.

Taste: Medium sweet roasted dark malt, with strong metallic, strong roasted nuts, caramel, burnt toffee, toast, dark chocolate, light black coffee, light molasses, light bread, yeast, lemon, light bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Close to light body. Slick and slightly creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Good maltyness in a rather light body. Solidly roasted stole the show, very nutty. Sweetness is subdued, and booze is well hidden. Good caramel and burnt toffee. Rather low chocolate and coffee. Low-blow lemon hops to round. Pretty nice!

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose, Light lemon and light grass in taste. Bitterness is moderately low for an abrupt, low astringent roast-malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Roasty and grassy to mouth.

Commments: This one has nice sweet creamy aroma, very solid roasted maltyness and neat burnt toast. Brewed to the style and highly sessionable, a solid and neat Porter!

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