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Dark Matter - Hoyne Brewing Co.

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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoyne Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LampertLand on 03-26-2012

Deep inside the Hadron Collider physicists hurtle sub-atomic particles with lightning speed on a collision course with each other. They do so in the pursuit of pure science, in the hope of one day being able to unlock the mystery of the elusive unseen fabric upon which our universe is embroidered: Dark Matter.
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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 60
Photo of IllNate
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a good amount of tan head and good retention. Aroma is really pleasant, a layering of dark malts mingle with the malty base. Key notes are chocolate and plum. Taste follows moderate roasted and caramel malts overtop of a malty base, chocolate and plum again. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent drinkability. Overall an excellent brown ale, possibly my favorite thus far, it really is an underrated style. I dock it a half point in the overall category for picking a silly name for a brown ale. With a name like Dark Matter, I was expecting a stout or porter.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoyne Brewing's fifth offering "Dark Matter"@ 5.3% in a 650 ml bottle
A-served cold into a pilsner glass poured a dark chocolate brown , small creamy/beige head with minimal lacing
S-roasty flavours and aromas come together to create a richness for the nose
T-Malt forward brew ,
MF-smooth , not heavy on the palate
Ov-very drinkable , I'll be highly recommending this beer , well done Sean

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my friend Sara's favourite beer. I've been meaning to try it for a while.

A: Dark! Reddish hue when held to the light. Tan head.

S: Coffee, cocoa, dark fruits. Malty.

T: Roasted malt flavours. Cocoa, coffee, some nuttiness, a bit sweet.

F: No complaints.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New brewer on the block ( used to brew with Canoe in Victoria). The name suggests a big beer or a Cascadian Dark but it is in fact a well balanced Brown Ale that has a full mouthfeel and a lovely chesnut finish. I liked the drinkibility of this beer combined with the complexity of the midbody. More malt than hops as expected for the style , this is a good Brown Ale.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, indeed! This is a deep mahogany colour, with a lovely tan head. It has all of the flavours I enjoy in a brown ale - chocolate, coffee, and the dark malts. The hopping is very subtle, thereby making this a smooth and rich mouthful. This brew compares favourably with the better brown ales I have tasted.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with almost a finger of pale tan head.

Smell. Sweet caramel and roasty malts with just a little vanilla, molasses and coffee.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts and a little molasses. A little bit nutty.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. A little on the sweet side but tastes really good and drinks easy.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really solid beer (thought this was a porter?) that has really caught on locally.

Look: Super-dark brown, near black. Minimal head.

Smell: Bit of a hoppy nose, bitter nose, slight chocolate scent.

Taste: Milk chocolate and coffee, with crisp and clear hops that add a slight bitter nip to the proceedings. Refreshing for a dark beer.

Feel: Light-bodied for a dark beer, like a heavy lager.

Overall, a small victory in the Pacific Northwest battle against IPA domination. It's nice to see a dark craft beer being so popular. Worth trying if you haven't yet.

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Photo of Duke
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Dark Matter pours a smooth, very dark and deep mahogany, with a small beige head that fizzles away quickly, leaving a thin ring and no lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans are the big player here. I'd say roasted chestnuts and some fresh grass, some caramel and some dark chocolate.

Taste: The beer tastes like it smells, but with malts added in. The hops are there but they're quite shy. The beer is getting noticeably boozier as it warms, and it certainly feels like more than a 5.3%.

Mouthfeel: The beer is surprisingly full-bodied, and very smooth indeed. There isn't much carbonation, just a bit of buzzy fizz at the end.

Overall: Not bad. I find the beer very simple, and very nicely balanced.

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Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - Roasted and bready malts, nutty aromas, hint of coffee bean, earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - Predominantly roasted flavours of bready malts, with some follow up from the earthy/leafy hops. Hints of nuts and a touch of coffee bean like flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Lingering roasted flavours from the malts as well as some hop bitterness.

Overall - A well crafted brown ale that stays true to the dry roasted flavours of the style and avoids being overtly sweet. Malts are showcased as the star in this brew.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark with a thin light brown head. Dry chocolaty notes and cold coffee with a dry dark roasted grassy finish slight creaminess but still mostly dry. Finished clean with dried leaf on the aftertaste.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip 16/8/13

A looks like dark cola on the table but when held to the light it glows maroon, a few tiny bubbles and a slight haze, finger of light mocha foam sits for a few sips but leaves no lace

S over-ripe dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, slightly nutty, iced tea, purple candy, and some dark caramel

T some coffee and coco on top of what I smell, a little molasses and brown sugar, a little different from the nose but still decent

M a little thin for the color but the bubbles give it some life, coco and dark fruit on the finish

O decent brew but nothing spectacular, doesn't really lack or excel in any area

I'm happy with this offering from a brewery I didn't know existed until my recent trip to BC, I liked their pilsner and would try more stuff for Hoyne for sure

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black brown with 5-6 fingers of light tan coloured head which slowly dissipated into a thin layer leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Musk, wet earth, leather, wood and musk dominate the scent - reminiscent of a good men’s cologne.

T: Taste is similar in profile to the scent, but is more reserved or toned down.

M: Light to moderate bodied with low carbonation.

O: While this beer is not complex, it would do well with those entering the craft beer scene by giving them a safe intro beer and shows that a dark beer doesn’t need to be heavy.

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Photo of NordicIslander
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pulled from fridge and allowed to sit at room temperature for 45 minutes before the pour. One finger head, no lacing. Colour is fairly dark but with a touch of light shining through. Smell is coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops. Head went away quickly. It doesn't quite taste like it looks and smells; the smell and look tells me it should be a nice, heavier, rich mouthfeel bursting with coffee and chocolate. Instead you get just a touch of the coffee and hops but the beer has a somewhat watery mouthfeel that's followed up by fairly pronounced carbonation: those two factors dominate the beer. I wished the mouthfeel was a little heavier and a little more fulfilling. This is decent, but wouldn't be a steady go-to beer. Just too watery.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Garrick's Head.

A - Dark brown. Opaque. Thin layer light brown head.

S - Hard to pinpoint the style. Roast, choaolate and floral hops aromas.

T - Roast, a touch of chocolate, a light bitterness, toffee. Sweet with some bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Derek
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chestnut with a light tan head, thin ring of retention leaves a bit of lace.

S: Almost cola-like aroma with a light sweetness, hints of grain, demerara, roasted nut & cocoa.

T: Cola-like flavour as well, with a light caramel sweetness. Very little bitterness here. Hints of roasted nut and cocoa. The malts are decent, but don't really stand out. Total lack of hopping... I wish they made this a west-coast brown. Finish it with some Willamette and Cascade (nothing outrageous like a cascadian dark), and I'd buy this.

M: Body is a bit heavier than moderate, with a light residual sweetness.

D: An easy drinker, though not very enticing.

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Dark Matter from Hoyne Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.