At the 2019 AIBAs, brewer Grum was called to the stage to collect the Best Stout trophy for their Milk Stout, just two years after their Amber earned them their first win. There's not many brewing companies out there with an amber ale or a stout in their core range, let alone both, so it's quite something to have both rated the best at one of the world's biggest beer competitions.

Which is a rather long-winded way of getting to #023, the winter 2019 release from Exit that pays tribute to their latest win by taking the Milk Stout and going bigger. Packing 3 percent more booze, it's a soft, sweet and chocolaty companion piece. There's milk chocolate on the nose, a more couverture like variety to taste – albeit with a softening fullness – while even the coffee elements are of the richer, sweetened sort. All in all, it feels like a stout spider in waiting.