Chocolate Marble | The Marble Arch

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Chocolate MarbleChocolate Marble

Brewed by:
The Marble Arch
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atis on 03-20-2010

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by stcules:
Photo of stcules
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Almost black in color, creamy, cappuccino colored foam, not bad.
At the nose chocolate, but quite light. Toasted notes, and coffee, light liquorice.
At the taste chocolate and coffee, liquorice touch, on a malty base, and with a decent bitterness integrated on some malty sweetness touches.
Bitter aftertaste, quite long.
Pleaant, but a bit too carbonated.
(note: on cask at the pub, it was a lot better, probably the excessive carbonation spoils it a bit).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Hopefully still in good condition. The label states that this beer's name comes from the use of chocolate malt in the brew (suggesting that it contains no actual chocolate).

Poured into a dimpled tankard. Bottle conditioned. A very dark ruby-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of dark, fruity malt with hints of dried fruit, chocolate, subtle molasses, a twinge of liquorice, faint coffee and earthy yeast. Possesses a slightly sour quality. Complex and inviting.

Tastes of dark chocolate malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of roasted malt, faint burnt grain, dried fruit, chocolate/cocoa, mild coffee, subtle molasses, a hint of liquorice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a delicate lactic sourness lurking in the background. A dry, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a rather insubstantial body for the style. Dries the palate. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, faint chocolate and earthy yeast.

Tasty; a well-crafted brew with a distinct chocolate hint. It looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour have a satisfying blend of chocolate malt, fruitiness and yeast. Decent body but could be a tad thicker. Another solid effort from Marble, and achieving a 'chocolate' character without using any actual chocolate should be commended. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for bringin Jeremy. Thickish dark chocolate coloured body, no head, chocolate aromas and taste. Nice porter and real English chocolate treat. Nicely drinkable, though a sipper .Above average creamy mouthfeel.Roast, also butterscotch.Bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body nice tanned head that disappears too soon
but such is the bottle conditioned

lovely aroma of fresh ground coffee

thick dark tastes buttery expresso start then hops taking you to a bitter 70% dark chocolate finish

low carbonation but a slight thinner than expected

great beer
will have a pint on cask for sure

and now have a reason to be proud of my Mancunian heritage

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Photo of mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Bottle, York...

Poured deep dark mahogany brown when held up to the light. Mocha tan head poured pretty thick and foamy with a bubbly top then faded quite quickly to decent coating with thick edging... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of lightly roasted chocolate malts, toasted bread, dark sweet fruits (stewed plums, blackcurrents), dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuts, light burnt toffee, sooty, fresh vanilla, mocha coffee notes...

Taste - Lots of dark bitter chocolate notes, toasted bready malts, charred bread, nice treacle sweetness which is balanced by light peppery hop bitterness, quite earthy, prune and date fruitiness, toasted nuts, milky notes, dark coffee with brown sugar...

Feel - Smooth and fairly creamy with a little bite just coming through... a very drinkable brew especially at only 5.5%.

Overall - An incredibly well balanced and drinkable Porter... definitely recommended..

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Photo of atis
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Marble Arch Pub

Dark brown with off-white head that is gone in seconds, no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, some hints of coffee.

Taste is roasted and bittery dark chocolate, some hints of dried fruit, dry bittery finish with long lasting bitter aftertaste. Medium/full body and low carbonation due to cask.

An excellent ale.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the GBBF, 2011.*

Steady, clingy beige head that sheets over a garnet-edged body. Ash and espresso nose.
Mild sultana and toasted nut dark malts, a hint of milk chocolate in the middle, some roasted sweetness and slight leaf hops.
Lean roasty end and drying linger. Soft, medium, round, creamy, some chew.

Not very chocolaty, but complex yet smooth and drinkable. A superior porter. Deserves its accolades (and I thought that before it won again this week.)

*Winner, 2nd place overall

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Photo of BDTyre
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby, almost black. Thin, sandy coloured head that leaves float bits of head and even some yeast.

The scent is of roast malt, chocolate, toffee and coffee. There is a light background of fruit.

Mild coffee, dark chocolate taste. Light fruitiness and a mild hop bitterness. Nicely blended and balanced.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Good, low carbonation and not too thin. Quite rich, but this is a good session porter (if a bit high in ABV for a session beer).

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Photo of flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow:
This is a beer that I would describe as being a somewhat average offering from the Marble Arch brewery, the beer started fine with some solid malts & plenty of chocolate as promised but there wasn't too much complexity to it & other than some coffee bitterness & the odd background fruit, there wasn't a whole lot else going on which had me losing interest nearer the end. It's definitely not a beer that I'd op for over their Lagonda IPA that I tried last but it still remained a drinkable offering, I'm just not sure it's worth its place in the updated 1001 beers list really.

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Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Tdenham
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice chocolate flavour. The beer itself was slightly watery. Overall a nice beer but not very impressive.

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Chocolate Marble from The Marble Arch
3.88 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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