scotty (1103) - - 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!
Swaroga (1825) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kingvit (405) - - SEP 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Mjp12 (875) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
jvhemert (359) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
FatPhil (11497) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
tinylightsrecs (380) - - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GoufCustom (1158) - HONG KONG - JUN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!
poech73 (284) - Braine, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From M&S Brussels
Bière brune au corps cramoisi quasi sans col offrant un nez presque imperceptible: faibles senteurs de malts chocolat et caramel avec un houblon aromatique et aigrelet. En bouche, la gorgée, très soyeuse et douce, moyennement aqueuse, offre à l’attaque, des saveurs chocolatées, et se poursuit avec un forts gout caramélisé à la fin aigrelette, légèrement salé. Court en bouche, quasi sans longueur aromatique. Dommage cet arrière-gout métallique, en finale.
kolo269 (31) - aulnay sous bois, FRANCE - MAY 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
piana bardzo szybko opadajaca,zostawiajaca szczatkowy slad na sciankach i na powierzchni,kolor bardzo ciemnorubinowy wrecz wpadajacy w czern,zapach to palonosc,kawa;smak to tez palonosc,kawa,lekko kwaskowate,ogolnie bardzo przypominajace stouta niz portera,nie wybijajace sie ale za to bardzo pijalne piwo