Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime

Style: Baltic Porter
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 96   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
imdownthepub (11086) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Bottled, 500ml from M&S Banbury. Dark brown to chestnut with cream head. This is quite a rich bottled porter, nicely fruity, blackberry or currant then with roasted cob-nut type flavours, some charcoal then some sweetness, licorice. Lasting on the palate, the one let down is a carbonation type tingle. Very decent though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13189) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s Sausage Celebration - London. Pours mostly clear brown with a moderate, frothy off-white cap. Very good stuff on the whole. Nice burnt sugars, burnt toast, some bready malts, tosted brown sugar, modest earthy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Fair burnt earth bitterness on the finish, along with burnt toast and suggestions of charred cocoa. Very decent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1476) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark brown-red colour, foamy beige head leaving lots of lacing and aroma of toffee, roast malt & coffee. Taste is dark malt caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, with fruity & smokey notes and lingering bitterness. Thin, watery mouthfeel, medium carbonation, dry finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1653) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Thin tan head. Mahogany body. Rich vinous fruits, oak, vanilla, black malt, charcoal, woodsmoke, dark cherries. Bittersweet. Tannic and savoury. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11410) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
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. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoltonDK (570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle at Paddington. Medium nose, tar, coffee, spice, alcohol. Reddish brown clear color white head. Medium body coffee, burnt, lachris. Nice ale. :) Bolton Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (802) - 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 (4652) - 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 (1076) - 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 (1067) - 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.

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