Contained herein are reviews of three rather lovely stouts, because I really like stouts and I need to share how much with people who may be able to get hold of these stouts. They were all on tap rather than in bottles so I can't vouch for their availability but they're all worth seeking out. Would you like to know more?
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|See, gammon and egg. It wasn't bad. Come to think|
of it, the salt may have worked well with the caramel.
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It was a lovely weekend and I relished the chance to have more stouts, because I do rather enjoy them. If I were to pick a winner for the weekend then it would be the Caramel Stout as it was just what I was looking for at just the time I was looking for it. However, looking longer term, I suspect that the Sooty Stout will be the one that I am most likely to have again simply because it was so without frill and got down to the job. Why not Pit Pony? Well, I enjoyed that immensely and I will have it when I see it again, but the batches are (necessarily) small and I can't imagine I shall see much of it for a good while yet.