Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime

Style: Baltic Porter
London, England


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (748) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark with some head. Hints of caramel. Quite nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mR_fr0g (3965) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2013
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1000) - SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (68) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
felinebird (2) - woking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1477) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (2371) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle from M&S. Dark brown with orange tints. Mild aroma of sweet malts. Taste is a mix of bitterness, chocolate and dried fruits. It has a smokey aftertaste, that improves the beer. Overall a pretty average Baltic Porter. Its main downfall for me is the excessive carbonation, but then I am anti carbonation in general.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
foolberry (54) - New Malden, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2012
Not much aroma - swimming pool? or is that just the glass, faintest hint of chocolate. Initially seems to taste only of a big slab of malt, some licorice in there but you have to look for it. Flavour seems to suddenly collapse. Like all porters it makes me feel bloated. I want to like this because I like Meantime’s other stuff, but I wouldn’t get this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (2980) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2012
0,5l bottle. Very dark brown, almost black color. Medium beige head appears, stays. Malty, some roastiness, caramel in aroma. Malty, roastiness, caramel, sugary, some chocolate in flavor.

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