Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Adnams

Style: English Strong Ale
Paddington, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
A limited edition Barley Wine style beer brewed exclusively for Marks and Spencers.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2012
330ml, M&S. Roast aroma. Dark body, thin lacing. Woody tasting, alcohol overbearing - could have done with some more of a fruity taste. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
bottle M S, full malty aroma, with warmy light cherry tones, nice brown colour, with light brown head, heavy sweetness and light to medium bitterness in the end. , warmyfull body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, good beer for winter months, warmy rich and tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2624) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2011
bottle. First barley wine Ive had in England. Surprised its not bitter for once. Tastes sweet and boozy. More like a Belgian strong. Pretty good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle from Marks & Spencer. Amber colour, off-white head. Nose is burned sugar, ash, bit of fruits. Flavour is caramel, lots of sigarette ash, some fruits. Harsh and dry finish. Barely drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Dark ruby/toffee colored pour. A couple whitish bubbles rise to the top, but there is no head. No lacing. Rotten malt smell, with a bunch of sour metallic-ness. Taste is on par with the aroma. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3620) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18000) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
Very typical English feel in this one except that it has a fresher feel to it. Lots of fruitiness!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gyllenbock (8685) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark reddish/brown with a small head. A lot of malt, also some fruits and caramel. Nothing spectacular and on the thin side.

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