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Marks & Spencer Southwold Dark Ale

Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Adnams

Style: Barley Wine
London, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Deu (681) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
asheft (2499) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34443) - 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]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (2844) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
downender (6176) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5164) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle from M&S. Ok white head. Dark amber pour. Nice barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
bottle at home ... copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft sweet metalic malts ... dark roast ... soft malts ... chewwie roast ... sweet alcohol ... blah

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Chestnut coloured with an off white head. Aromas are raisins and pear with herbal and spicy notes. Nutty alcohol with honey and lemon. Bready with floral aspects and weetabix and nuts. Vanilla with some woodiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and woody pine with mixed spice. Caramel and marzipan with toasted malt and light molasses and cola with slick chocolate and vinous notes. Peppery to finish. Good but lacks depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (3694) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Light texture for a heavy tasting ale. Full toasted aroma, sweet then bitter when drank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (3581) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
330cl tall dark brown bottle: best before 12/2011, so a bit out of date when I poured it into an ’Augustijn’ badged chalice in 3/2012. This appears to be very close to ’Tally-Ho’ a little stronger and sweeter, but very ’samey’ in looks and aroma. This is a live review and it tastes more and more how I remember the breweries normal barleywine: I like it a lot! Only complaint: the head didn’t appear at all.

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