tommann (2424) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a small head. Aroma is dark fruity malt, burnt sugar, caramel and some alcohol. Not much taste, some caramel and sugar to start, hint of apples to finish. Alcohol on the aftertaste. Too much carbonation, which kind of ruins it.
harrisoni (12424) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the M&S in St Pancras rail station. This station must have given me over 20 rates in the past year. Crazy when you think it is a mass customer rail hub. Deep brown ruby colour with lasting beige colour. Oh dear I have a horrible feeling this is pasteurised from the aroma. Some rich friits on aroma. Dark strawberry plum and blackberry with a subtle coffee aroma too. Just that boiled sweet barley sugar flavour in the mouth. Yes it has hints of greatness in the fruit throughout but so muted by the pasteurisation you almost ask yourself whats the point? You make a really good beer and then neutar it iwth the pasteurisation. Bottled beers in the uk have got to wake up to this appalling behaviour towards the contents. Still as I say there are elements of this beer that are verygood. They just arent allowed to come through.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very typical English feel in this one except that it has a fresher feel to it. Lots of fruitiness!
DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 ’Brewed exclusively for M&S’....but also ’brewed at Adnams every October since 1880’. Hmm. Having read the blurb I assumed this was repackaged Tally-Ho...having tasted it, maybe not. Mahogany with a marbled tan top. Aroma of nothingness...dried fruit, Marmite. Thin and insipid with pronounced alcohol; incidental roasted nut, yeast extract and chocolate notes as it warms. Just the slightest hint of Westvleteren 12 burnt nuttiness and chocolate in the aftertaste. Some liquorice, twigs, chick pea nuttiness... off-putting paracetamol linger. Thin but very drinkable- I prefer it in a bottle that says ’Tally Ho’ on the label.
gyllenbock (3941) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark reddish/brown with a small head. A lot of malt, also some fruits and caramel. Nothing spectacular and on the thin side.
SirLimpsalot (1901) - SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ganska maltig och mycket söt. Vätskan är ganska len men smakmässig är den inget särskilt.
berkshirejohn (4112) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle. Dark mahogany with a fast fading white head; yeasty aroma; rather thin with a caramel flavour, then developing a richer malty finish. Very interesting.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 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.