Nilz (418) - Glasgow, - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from M & S. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. Aroma is of a nice floral hops. Taste presents the hops again and roast malts with a nice balance. Rather a nice ale with good flavours.
SarkyNorthener (2370) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from M&S, birmingham new street on way back from works christmas party in burton. Drunk from bottle pn train. Aroma of caramel and slightly spicy malts. Taste is malts, some caramel and a hint of spice. Ok beer.
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep copper, nose is light fruit, taste is light spice, toffee.
tinylightsrecs (242) - - OCT 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from M and S Team Valley. Pours dark red with small head. Chocolate, nutty flavours. Nice enjoyable dark beer
Hanoi (457) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Marks & Sparks. Nose is spice, clove, slight cinnamon, nice but lacked any beer bite. Taste follows with, spice, slight toffee and caramel, bread and nut but leads to an exceptionally thin and watery finish. Moutfeel is too thin.
As ever with M&S beers, there are decent brewers making underwhelming beer. This has some interesting elements but is thin and bland.
floydian1 (1057) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Noticeably malty with dark chocolate and caramel notes plus spicy traces. Palate is soft, smooth and quite sweet with a mild hop bitter finish. Appears dark brown with a lasting tan head.
Douberd (2590) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle at home, into a Guinness glass, ABV 4%
Mahogany brown colour on the body, dark but still transparent, no activity in it, two full fingers of beige head, thick, with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass.
Aroma of toasted malts, floral notes, some caramel, hops.
On the taste some metallic notes at first followed by light coffee, toasted malts, a light hoppy bitterness that becomes more intense on the aftertaste, a hint of caramel.
Medium thin body, low carbonation.
Overall a decent one, easily drinkable, helped also by the low alcohol.
wheresthepath (1615) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, gift from my wife- cheers! Pours chestnut with a large cream head. Toffee and chocolate and earth and autumn leaves. A little metallic. A bit sticky, but a growing bitterness compensates. It’s OK I guess, but it’s disappointing compared to Adnams’ normal fare.
Mr_Pink_152 (1036) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from Marks & Spencer. Dark Caramel colour with off white head that didn’t last. Slight Christmassy spice gives warmth.
jamesie1857 (1477) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Marks and Spencer - Dark red body, thick white head. Nutty aroma, bit of burnt caramel, taste of dark toffee and malt. Quite a nice one.
larsga (6314) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium beige head. Slightly hazy deep reddish brown body with
carbonation. Fruity earthy perfumy aroma with cocos notes.
Dry-sweet roasty earthy fruity taste with grape notes.
Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish spicy fruity
gooseberry aftertaste with wild berry and cocos notes. Lovely.
Highly drinkable, subtle, and full of flavour. (0.5l bottle,
from Marks & Spencer, Edgware Road, London.)