Torrside Fire DamageJune 12, 2017
Torrside BrewingFire Damage
New Mills, England Style: Smoked Stout ABV: 5%
This German-inspired smoked stout includes over 60 percent beech-smoked malt. It was the first beer the brewery released.
This “smoke-stacked stout” certainly lives up to its description. The presentation is excellent, the beer near black in color and topped with a beautiful beige foam. The aroma then makes it perfectly clear what you can expect in the taste. It’s loaded with smoke and is faintly medicinal, with a pinch of dark chocolate for good measure. The same flavors continue in the mouth, with roasted grains adding a touch of tartness to offset a light caramel sweetness. With more smoky bitterness and burnt grains in the dry finish, this is a liquid bonfire made for smoke lovers.Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge, Beer Lover's Britain and So You Want to Be a Beer Expert? More of his writing can be found at insidebeer.com.
The 5% beer’s pungent aromas and flavors don’t disappoint. It’s bottle-conditioned and suitable for vegetarians and vegans: In common with a growing number of British brewers, Torrside avoids the use of isinglass finings. The stout is black with a ruby edge and has a superb aroma of roasted grain, burnt fruit, espresso coffee and pungent, peppery hops. Bitter hops build in the mouth, balanced by creamy malt, coffee and dark fruit. The finish is less aggressively bitter, with creamy malt notes building and continuing contributions from dark, burnt fruit and delicious hints of black coffee.Roger Protz is the author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and protzonbeer.co.uk.