Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Carlow

Style: Dry Stout
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This full-bodied dry stout bottled in County Carlow, south-west of Dublin is based on an authentic recipe first introduced around 1740. Its taste was said to make grown men weep for more! Its unique blend of roasted malts, grains and bitter hops ensures a deliciously balanced and smooth flavor.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoestring (384) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Without a shadow of a doubt, this was one of the most flavoursome beers I have tried. The smokiness came through big time. Deep, deep black, tan head that dissipates. Creamy chocolate aroma, then the big roasted earthy flavour hits you. A real hidden gem From Marks and Spencer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Dark opaque brown almost black with a frothy creamy, soft lacy, lasting tan head. Smells of malt, coffee, chocolate and roast, vanilla and burn. Full rich body with soft carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, nut, coffee, chocolate and a burn roast finish. Nice coffee after taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gangstergafje (945) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2015
The beer has a typical stout aroma. The beer is almost black at the naked eye, dark ruby red with a light behind it. The thick layer of foam is rough and has a dark almond color. The foam disapears quickly. A stout isnt a foam-beer. The smell is amazing. The sweet smell of the delicious roasted barley arises you. It is accompanied by coffe and dark chocolate tones. The aroma is near perfect. The taste has a bitter roast taste. The bitternes slightly out balances the sweetness. There is also a little citrusy sweet taste of hops, although this taste isnt that strong. The finish is mostly that good roasted taste, which stays with you for quite some time. The palate is nice. The fine gas bubbles tingle the tongue, but arent to rough. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6970) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2016
500ml bottle between three on an Irish tasting evening at home on 11th Nov 2016. This is a lovely, easy drinking Stout. It looks a looks and tastes the part: deep darkest brown with a full tan coloured head. A dry, slightly burnt maltiness in the flavour with a mild bitterness from those same malts and hops. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6750) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
This one includes caregeenan, whatever that is. It certainly hasnt harmed the stout! Lovely smell of roasted malt, full flavour of ashes, coffee and a hint of liquorice. Not an imperial porter, just a lovely no-nonsense stout that should be re-exported to Ireland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlowxxx (134) - Carlow, IRELAND - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle. Very dark black colour. Beige, small head may be due to the fact the beer was very cold. Aroma roasted, coffee, bit toffee and chocolate. Taste roasted, maybe bit burnt. Some earthy tones.. Overallv good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a black color with a light tan head. Small head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Roasty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Sweet chocolate, mixed with coffee and roasted malt. Malty. Doesnt taste dry, but seems that way from the scents you get mixed in with the taste. Pleasant. Smooth and creamy. Fairly drinkable. The sweet, velvety creaminess makes the beer go down smooth. The pleasant aroma each time it is brought to your mouth also adds to the pleasure. Quite a good beer for a contract beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle at ChrisOs Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Clear, brown-black pour with a sturdy, off-white head. Sightly lactic nose, some cocoa roast. Nice flavor, modest chocolate, mild roastiness, slight milk cocoa. Light bodied with average carbonation. Slightly roasty, dry finish. Very easy drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1808) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black. Beige head. Aroma has milk chocolate and some roast. Smooth and full palate. Balanced roasty taste with a bit of coffee sourness. Nice hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2971) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle from M&S (of course!) Black, ruby edges, thick tan head with reasonable lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted malt.
Taste of roasted malts, fruity berries, burnt crust, charred wood.
Palate - soft carb, medium body, silky smooth.
Finish - flavours expand greatly throughout the mouth - roasted malt, fruity, burnt notes and a dry woody bitterness that lingers but this tails off leaving a clean palate.
Overall - This well made stout has an impressive rich finish that overshadows the main flavour

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