- Marstons Oyster Stout: at 4.5% ABV this is not a particularly robust stout but it definitely rates as pleasant plus. A little bitter but good complexity in aftertaste. Not as choclatety as some some samples, but I can certainly see it going down nicely with a dozen of Coffin Bay's finest. (In passing Iwill note the strange message about cookies on the linked site. That seems to pop up on many UK websites recently: presumably it is a Laura Norder requirement.)
- SEcond cab off the rank is Box Steam Brewery,from Holt in Wiltshire UK offering up Derail Ale. An IPA with considrable merit, albeit relatively little ABV (5.2%). Very hoppy - I can still summon the aftertaste some 90 minutes after finishing the bottle. It drank very well despite travelling several kilometres today!
- The final item here is back to Marstons for their Strong Pale Ale. At 6.2% ABV it certainly gets the strong bit undercontrol and it did have the characters of a good Pale Ale. Unfortunately the test was hardly fair as the bottle had got a trifle shaken in transit. Possibly also stirred as it erupted when opened. Worth another try under better circumstances.
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