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Put down that pale ale and let go of the lager – summer is over, which means it’s time to seek comfort in smooth, roasty, rich brews big on chocolate, coffee and – naturally – booze.
That’s right, it’s time to get stuck into some stout (and porter, which, though the debate rages among beer nerds, is commonly considered to be basically the same thing). London’s hard water is perfect for brewing black beers, and the city’s new wave of craft breweries are taking full advantage, lobbing all manner of outlandish ingredients into the mix to elevate your wintery pints to majestic levels.
Here are eight London-brewed dark beers we rank among the very best.
Many thanks to The Beer Shop in Nunhead for hosting the taste test.
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