Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime (SAB Miller)

Style: Porter
Paddington, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 121   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1434) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1157) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (5020) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from local MaS. Rich aroma with lots of dried fruits and a hint of roast. Clear dark brown colour, small head that disappears rather quickly. The taste reveals a beer full of goodness. Aaah I hope this stays the same even after the SAB Miller acquisition of Meantime. Classic representation of style, dried fruits combine harmonically with subtle roasty chocolate notes. Very easy drinking. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Bronze with a lovely slightly spicy maltiness. Medium body and so easy to drink.another excellent one from M and S.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2009
0.5L bottle from Marks & Sparks. Pours quite black with a small head. Powerful coffee aroma. Well crafted porter body with coffee, toffee and smoke in good proportions. And yet, it still lacks the wow-factor to make it an utterly great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle, no extra point guessing from where. Very dark red, lovely raosted aroma. Soot, toasted grain, a pleasant sourness. Easy drinking without letting go of flavour and aroma. Send some bottles to St James’ Gate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Splitenz (368) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2014
A fine Baltic porter. Dark brown, quite frothy beige head. Taste is sweet, somewhat bitter, caramels, toffee, roasted malts, laid down fruits, coffee and some ash on the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Dark with a tan head. Sweet chocolate and toffee aroma with a hint of smoked nuts. A bit more alcohol wouldn’t go amiss, but eminently drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (1152) - ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle. Deep red-brown with a barely-there tan head. Smells of treacle toffee, cinders and chocolate. In the mouth, theres plums, figs, raisins, toast, cream. It’s got a nice creamy body to it without any stickiness. Finish is sweet and smoky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (1362) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 6, 2014
500ml bottle. Deep brown pour with reddish hue and a fine beige coloured head. Nose is malty with caramel, dark chocolate, redcurrent, and hints of smoke. Palate is smooth with moderately sweet malty flavours and a smoky dry finish. A lovely refined porter.

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