I heard it had been brewed again by Wells and Young's, but for most of that time it was black smoke pouring from the chimneys of British beer shops as the bastards from Bedford sent all of the first batch to the States. It was then sent to New Zealand, Ireland and for all I know the Isle of Man before it bloody well appeared in Britain. But in February I sighted the first plume of white smoke as it went on sale on Amazon.co.uk.
Not keen to pay pricey postage for a pricey beer I passed on the chance of a parcel delivery and decided to wait until it appeared the shops. The moment arrived today when Cobbetts Real Ales got hold of some and I could finally say "Habemus stoutam!" Thanks to their 10% discount on Tuesday it was £5.85 a bottle, so much better than Amazon but definitely sucker juice. Still, there are times when everyone's a sucker and I'm definitely a sucker for this beer. I can't remember how many years it is since I last drank it, and since then I've brewed beers based on its recipe a few times myself, so I'm think it's fair to say I'm looking forward to tasting this one.