In a nutshell: Smooth, dark and velvety stout from the Exeter Brewery in Devon.
The lowdown: Made with a complex mash of premium malts including Chocolate Malt. Smooth and well balanced with a rich bitter chocolate taste from the Chocolate Malt due to its subtle roasting during malting.
Founded in 2003 on the Exminster Marshes nature reserve the brewery came under its current ownership in 2007 at a time when craft brewing was exanding rapidly. Their original beer, and still one of their best sellers, was Ferryman a classic copper coloured best bitter. This was followed by Avocet a more modern style of citrussy golden ale and Devon's first organic real ale. In 2013 they relocated to new premises in the heart of Exeter which has allowed them to further extend operations and they are now very the main brewery of Devon's county town.