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Voltage Espresso Stout - Hoyne Brewing Co.

Voltage Espresso Stout
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BA SCORE
85
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.81%


Brewed by:
Hoyne Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Shaner D and I doing the live circuit at Beer fest, alternating the spro and stout: “Let’s make a beer with shocking polarity.” “Black on black” I agreed. Tommy D, always the conductor, kept us grounded with his three-pronged wisdom: “Like love, boys, it starts with a spark. When the field is fully charged, flip the switch: Voltage!”

(Beer added by: LampertLand on 11-21-2012)
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoyne Brewing's 'Voltage Espresso Stout' @ 5.6% , served from a growler purchased for $13

A-pour is a dark brown from the growler to near black in the glass with a tight tan medium head leaving some spotty lacing along the pint

S-abundant shots of hand pulled espresso from 'Habit Coffee' , hints of dark chocolate with nuts perhaps hazelnut

T-similar to the smell , fresh espresso mixed with a crisp and clean stout , nice combonation of chocolate malts

MF-ok/good carbonation , love the freshness , almost full body

Ov-good beer , decent coffee beer , best served in the 'am'

prost LampertLand

Serving type: growler

12-12-2013 04:58:27 | More by LampertLand
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I'm starting to repeat myself. Maybe not necessarily on this site, since I don't review every beer I drink, but it feels like every time I have a coffee <anything> beer, it's always the same story: coffee = great, everything else = mehhh. The same holds true for this stout. The espresso flavor is really nice. I could see it being really complementary in a nice 11-12% ABV imperial stout. It'd lend a nice balance to the sassy/molassy flavors of said stout, keeping it in line and not letting it get too cloying.

How unfortunate, then, that the wonderful espresso flavor is married to a really anemic 5.5% ABV stout that would barely hold up on its own, much less when being paired with an overwhelming espresso flavor. Seriously, there's nothing else to this stout. The stout itself is really thin-bodied, with barely any roasted malt to balance out the espresso, or any other flavors to speak of. The carbonation seems a tad harsh, but maybe it's because I was projecting, expecting the carbonation of an imperial stout rather than the carbonation of a run-of-the-mill table stout.

I guess this is turning into more of a rant than a review, but it's for good reason, I think. I've had 4 BC coffee/espresso-infused beers in the past few months that have all been the same: all coffee and no beer body. Look, maybe it's time to stop trying to pair strong-ass espresso/coffee with limp-wristed beers like 4.8% IPAs, 5.5% stouts, etc. Hell, even Phillips' Black Jackal felt completely thin-bodied to me. Coffee-infused beers work when there's something to back them up. If I wanted carbonated coffee beverages, I'd make my own.

How about we try emulating Alesmith's Speedway Stout? That'd be a good start for coffee beer in BC, I think.

Edit: despite my ranting, it's not a terrible beer and is probably worth trying out once. It's really drinkable, probably because it doesn't taste like anything except espresso with maybe some stout notes barely felt in the aftertaste, completely drowned out by the coffee. You should definitely try this if you're a fan of caffeine. You don't even need to be a big beer fan -- as long as you enjoy the taste of coffee, you'll like this beer. Literally the same thing could be said about every coffee/espresso beer brewed in BC at this point in time, by the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:07:07 | More by smekermann
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark black brown, no light gets through, with about 2-3 pillowy fingers of head. Head settles to a thin layer with nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, espresso, toasted malts and vanilla upfront with finishing notes of minerals.

T: Strong toasted malts together with acrid drip coffee. Slight bitter finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with low level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is more along the lines of a porter than what I've come to expect in a stout.

O: This is a beautiful looking drink which would pair nicely with bbq. Lighter than some stouts out there I could easily see drinking a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:14:20 | More by FondueVoodoo
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly
S: dark choco/moka, hint of licorice. Mouthwatering.
T: bright, not particularly rich, not much coffee; noticeable hop bitterness, dry finish
M: light to medium bodied. Not really a beer to linger with ... more for pairing with food.
O: a pleasant beer but not particularly memorable

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:59:00 | More by EspressoGuy
Voltage Espresso Stout from Hoyne Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.