dynamiteninja (1289) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thin tan head. Mahogany body. Rich vinous fruits, oak, vanilla, black malt, charcoal, woodsmoke, dark cherries. Bittersweet. Tannic and savoury. Dry finish.
Theydon_Bois (5318) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from M&S at RMD station drank on the 18.36 train to SNG, 30/03/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a medium sized beige head that retains well.
Nose carries light roast malt, sugars, touch of chocolate, nuts.
Taste comprises dark toffee, dark malt, chocolate, brown sugars.
Medium bodied, a little over spritzed in the carbonation front, dry finish.
BoltonDK (427) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Paddington.
Medium nose, tar, coffee, spice, alcohol.
Reddish brown clear color white head.
Medium body coffee, burnt, lachris.
gowdy (643) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark with some head. Hints of caramel. Quite nice beer.
mR_fr0g (1396) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Euston on the way through. Big mineral soapy nose. Just hints of roast and choc. Some dank hop character. Looks pretty good. Dark caramel ruby notes. Large short lived darm magnolia head. Flavour is chalky, some roast astingent bite in the finish. Palete is chalky and thin / watery. Not good.
scotty (1014) - SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich mahogany in colour with a good off-white head that lasts well and leaves an attractive lace on the glass. Lovely roasted malt nose with loads of coffee and chocolate notes and some smokiness lurking there as well. Good body with that roast malt again, some bitterness comes to the fore on the finish. A lovely beer! From M&S obviously, a present from my wife, who’d just been to London!
flying_pig (758) - SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (£2.29 for 500ml from Marks & Spencer):
Roasted malts, a nice helping of chocolate and some caramel along with fruits, vanilla and sugar make up most of the aroma in this one and it has a nice balance although perhaps could have smelt a little richer.
Dark mahogany brown colour with a foamy, off-white to light tan head that stays very well and great retention.
Roasted malts but nothing too strong along with some nice chocolate flavouring and some darker malts. There is some sweetness from the sugar and a light, hoppy flavour as well.
Medium bodied, mild carbonation and a sort of creamy feel to the beer with a nice balance and a smooth, wet finish that is quite rich.
A pretty good beer although I suspect the original, non-Marks & Spencer one will be a step about this offering. Still this one was not without it’s own positives, the beer was well balanced and very easy to drink with the chocolate and malts complimenting each other rather nicely.
LED40 (46) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Smoky smell with hints of coco. Nearly black in appearance with an off white head. The taste is bitter, malty, treacle, chocolate, caramel and coffee. The mouth feel is heavy and thick even slightly chewy you could say. Overall a good example of the style and woth a try.
felinebird (2) - woking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012 does not count
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
I’m not sure why M&S have chilled this beer so much. My pint is very cold and pretty fizzy. On the plus side it’s got a good smoky flavour.
jamesie1857 (1098) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle - Dark brown with a reddish tint. Head frothy beige/white, going quickly as we speak. Nice aromas of coffee, smoke, roasted malts, caramel. Flavours of bitter chocolate, heavy on the coffee, caramel, burnt malts. Smoky, dry finish with doesn’t last long. Average body, with a feint carbonation. Not bad.