flying_pig (808) - 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.
scotty (1027) - 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!
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bronze with a lovely slightly spicy maltiness. Medium body and so easy to drink.another excellent one from M and S.
turbothy (1046) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
KnutAlbert (5720) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Martin243 (671) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dogbomb (833) - ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Finwe (374) - Grankulla, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,5 l bottle from M&S. Dark brown in colour, almost black. Smallish beige head. Impression of coffee and chocolate from the aroma. Coffee, chocolate and some smoke in the flavour. A good basic porter, although a bit watery, at least compared with the best ones I’ve had chance to taste.
berkshirejohn (4126) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from M&S. Deep copper brown with a rapidly dissipating beige head; rich coffee aroma; dry in the mouth with richly roasted malts with some sweet milk chocolate flavours; satisfyingly warming smoky and nutty finish, despite the relatively low ABV. Excellent.
gowdy (678) - 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.