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Torrside Candlewick

Rating: 3.45

Following on from the bottle of Quantum’s Magnum P.A. that I reviewed here a short time ago, this one is my second of the four beers that I brought home from Manchester’s Beermoth bottle shop after visiting the city recent and this time the beer in question is an English style stout. Brewed in the town of New Mills in Derbyshire, located roughly fifteen miles from Manchester, I opted for this one at the Beermoth store based on the fact it was a relatively local offering and again it comes from a brewery I had never heard of plus it was a stout which makes a bit of a change since most bottle I end up buying these days are either an America IPA or pale ale. Anyway, here it is and hopefully it will prove to be a somewhat better offering than the Quantum beer that I tried last.

Torrside Candlewick

Appearance (4/5): This one poured quite a dark, opaque black colour that had a thick looking body and a few bits of sediment near the bottom of the glass. The head is a thumb-sized, medium tan-coloured one that quickly halves in size but falls just short of turning patchy thankfully.
Aroma (7/10): Strong roasted malts and spices to start with some chocolate in there too in the early going. There was quite a sweet nose to this one initially with some creamy notes and a little caramel making an appearance before some faint coffee comes through from the background. There was certainly more to this one than I’d expected going in and it was fairly complex, being rounded off by some pleasant earthy malts.
Taste (7/10): This taste follows on well from the nose and opens up with some dark malts and roasted flavours alongside a background chocolate flavour that helped add some sweetness to proceedings. There was a nice bitterness throughout which seemed to peak around the middle of the beer with some caramel and touches of smoke soon after but it wasn’t an overly strong beer at any point.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied which was perhaps a touch lighter than I’d have liked from the style, although that might have been expected given the strength of the beer but it was in no way thin bodied thankfully. There was medium to fine carbonation levels and the palate was a semi-dry one with a nice sweetness from the start and a solid roasted bitterness too; towards the end there was a touch of smoke as well.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad stout at all, probably a touch lighter than I’d have liked but the beer was a fairly complex one despite this and the nose in particular had a lot going for it. There was a solid sweetness and plenty of roasted flavours from the start with the beer and the bitterness was good too. A pleasant beer that’s worth trying if you stumble across it but it’s probably not one to go hunting for.

Brewed In: New Mills, Derbyshire, England
Brewery: Torrside Brewing
First Brewed: 2016
Type: English Stout
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Beermoth (Manchester)
Price: £2.55

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  1. July 6, 2016 at 08:14

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