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Marks & Spencer Southwold Dark Ale

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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Adnams

Style: Barley Wine
London, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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A limited edition Barley Wine style beer brewed exclusively for Marks and Spencers.


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
robbienate (112) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Very adventurous of Marks and Spencers to bring a beer of this strength to its shelves. Dark and poured without a head. Malty and left no lacing. A straightforward winter beer. Plenty of body but nothing exceptional.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (2806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours copper, nose is light roasted malts, toffee, taste is chewy, toffee.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MichaelAwesome (4300) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Fine one shared with McTapps. Some barley with some chocolate and coffee. Aftertouch of berries. Not bad but a bit one-sided and dull.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
McTapps (4300) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle from M & S in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep brown colour with steady low head and smooth body. Aroma of barley, bread and acid. Taste of roasted barley, cake, plums, acid, nuts and red wine. Hints of torf and woods with some light sweet touch. Drinkable, yet nothing special.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Deu (716) - Nantes, FRANCE - MAR 30, 2013
33ml bottle from Mark and Spencer. Dark ale with almost no head. Fruity aroma. Very bitter taste but the date was pasted. I will try it again to confirm. Y

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
[bottle at Danish invasion--thanks fonefan and cgarvieuk!] Floral hops aroma with some nutty sherry-like character. Clear chestnut under a white ring and wisps. Bitter and sherry-like nutty flavour that is not from oxidation. Weak brown sugar accent. Medium body, moderately warming, slightly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, toasted - caramel, bread notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, sweet malt - caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120423]

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (3052) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30, 2012
Dark ruby, beige foamy head. honey, slight earthy metallic bitterness on nose. Smooth mouth feel, rich fruits, some higher alcohols, warming, touch of chocolate

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
downender (6361) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Mahogany coloured with a decent, off-white head. Burnt sugars, some roasted malts, weetabix, caramel and a bitter finish. Not for me, this was a sink pour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle from M&S. Ok white head. Dark amber pour. Nice barley wine.


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