Dark Matter
Hoyne Brewing Co.

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Hoyne Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #157
Ranked #18,231
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Apr 18, 2022
Mar 26, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

From notes of my trip out West

Appearance: One finger of head that laced while it lasted, which was not long. The body is an opaque dark brown.

Smell: Straw grain with toffee malt and a hint of dark chocolate in the background. Needed a bit of warming to achieve good potency, but was there was it happened, really brought out the chocolate.

Taste: Toffee malt starts us off that builds up to meet and overcome a bitter walnut note before slight earth and dark chocolate take over and round things out.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is most of the ending of the beer as the chocolate earth and a slight tap of the toffee linger behind, the carbonation is ok but have noted I wish it was creamier. The transitioning was very well done.

Drinkability: On the heavier end of medium body, and the lower carbonation lets it settle down well. I noted this as a fast sipper, and that it drinks like a very light porter, which is probably a bit of a downside here. As heavy the beer is, I'd expect a bit more flavor behind it. Still, was great with the sandwich I had in Surrey.

Final Thoughts: I noted this would be a great fall offering to get you ready for winter stouts. Not quite heavy enough but on it's way towards that end. It could use a bit more of a malty backbone to it, but it still gets the job done quite some interesting chocolate and nut notes. Would recommend when you are out that way.

Apr 18, 2022
Photo of altstadt
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by altstadt from Canada (BC)

Clear, very dark red-brown color. Almost black. Poured a short head that collapsed to a patchy skiff in half a minute. Too dark to see the carbonation level. Left no lacing.

Mild sweet dark roasted malt smell with just a hint of something I can't identify. Swirling the glass kicked up a mild barnyard for a few seconds.

Stronger dark roasted malt flavor. Rather sweet. A light layer of barnyard. Mild bitters kick in when it warms up. The aftertaste is mostly the sweet malt fading down with a light bitter.

Moderate tongue tingling as it grows to a medium bubbled foam. Medium body.

The high residual sugar level makes this taste more like a coke than an ale. I'm assuming that the recipe has changed over the years, since my notes from a few years ago recorded that this used to be very bitter with a very thin taste. No mention of the sweetness level.

Mar 30, 2021
Photo of ludachris
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ludachris from Canada (ON)

Distant smoke, toasted bread crust and blackberry jam are packed neatly into its chestnut brown body. Its softness translates to its taste where some additional malt complexity shows up in chocolate wafer, graham cracker, and worty dextrin.

The general descriptor of clean lives in aroma, taste, and feel. Peering a bit deeper is where I get the joy of this beer - its chew, its stick, its decadence.

It's got character without flaunting it. It can be crushed or contemplated. I prefer both.

Jan 29, 2021
Photo of Tom_Thumb
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by Tom_Thumb from Canada (BC)

This dark beer is an excellent choice if you’re interested in trying a beer with flavour. Hoyne has a winner with this beer. I just wish it was available on tap in more establishments.

Mar 21, 2020
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Brixx wood fired pizza in Hendersonville, TN. Color is a deep copper color. Initial thoughts.... Nice and hoppy. Not much depth to flavor. All overall enjoyable beer.

Feb 21, 2020
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 07, 2019
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark, slightly orange red with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to sparse patches with slight lacing. Aroma of moderately toasted dark grainy malt, a little cocoa and nuts. Flavor follows with toasted dark malt with a light char, coffee, cocoa and a mild nuttiness. Flavor drops off a bit into a lightly charry and grainy malt finish with coffee notes. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. This brown ale hits all the expected flavors of the style, a bit subdued and lightly lingering. I liked the malt quite a bit, but would have liked a bit more robustness in flavor and body. A satisfactory, but unremarkable brown ale.

Sep 24, 2019
3.6 by systemlayers from Canada (AB) on Aug 13, 2019
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

On tap in British Columbia: June 2019.
Near black ruby with an off white head.
Fine aroma with a touch of smoke.
A bit more burnt grain in the flavor that is nicely offset by some sweet malt notes.
Medium body with near medium carbonation.

Jul 11, 2019
4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Apr 21, 2019
4.04 by Mattsbro from Canada (ON) on Mar 08, 2019
4.14 by IPAnicked from Canada (BC) on Feb 15, 2019
Photo of Beginner2
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

In a flight of four, I saved Dark Matter for dessert. While hops had abused my buds from the three earlier brews, Dark Matter was a welcome relief.

While Looks were average for the style (not much foam and even less lace), I got a good wiff of roasted malts and knew I would probably get some comfort food. And I did. Sweet without much syrup. It also sat nice in my mouth, like a modestly bittersweet chocolate.

My first from Hoyne, I went on their website and was impressed by Mr. Hoyne's dedication to his craft. It will be a while until I get to BC again, but I'd like to find their offerings again.

Nov 12, 2018
3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 28, 2018
4.5 by EOC from Mexico on Sep 05, 2018
4.28 by Bach_And_Beer97 from Washington on Aug 17, 2018
3.77 by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON) on Jul 09, 2018
Photo of HipCzech
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HipCzech from Texas

Serving: 650 ml bottle poured into a glass mug.

Appearance: Deep, clear, dark reddish brown with a dense, frothy head of tan foam and patchy lace.

Smell: Full, roasted malt aroma, bitter and caramel sweet, with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Taste: Rich, roasted grain notes with some dark fruit, toffee sweetness, bitter chocolate and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nicely roasted, malty ale.

Jul 08, 2018
3.77 by stauffman from Canada (QC) on Jun 14, 2018
3.94 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington on Apr 17, 2018
4.1 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Dec 25, 2017
4.92 by Copix from Canada (BC) on Nov 30, 2017
2.5 by sqpat from Washington on Oct 16, 2017
Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
by cbutova from Massachusetts

British Columbia review dump.

A- Bomber reveals a black brew into a whiskey glass. The cap on the beer is a cream hue and it peaks at one cm high with pretty good retention. A wide belt remains and lacing forms with plentiful sheets and webs around the glass.

S- Toasty and roasted grains exemplified atop a mostly clean ferment and a lack of assertive hops. Roasted barley, cocoa powder, sweet caramel malt mash, slight smoky charred grain, burnt popcorn(not butter) and toasted nuts.

T- The malts once again run the show with authority dominating the flavor profile. Roasted and toasted barley dropping strong notes of chocolate, burnt grain, ash, tobacco, caramel, toasted to burnt nuts, smoke, leather, charred marshmallow, cocoa powder and medium sweetness. Earthy and pine hops peek through but the malts are bold.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a slightly creamy and foamy texture. The carbonation is moderate and on the whole it comes off a bit watery. Burnt hoppy bitterness in the ending.

Massive malts with a lot of charred and heavily toasted flavors with a suitable sweetness held in check. The body falls a short and it cannot support the rich flavors which end up being dragged down from this effect.

Sep 13, 2017
4 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB) on Aug 23, 2017
3.63 by Shadman from Canada (AB) on Aug 08, 2017
4.55 by spacedaddy from Canada (BC) on Jun 08, 2017
Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

On tap at The Sticky Wicket (Strathcona Hotel) in beautiful downtown Victoria. Poured a very dark reddish-black with a very fine off-white head that left fantastic lacing throughout. Initial impression is coffee, caramel, darkly roasted malts, and chocolate - very smooth coffee and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Kind of light on the hops for the style, but no complaints. This is really good.

May 25, 2017
3.74 by CreightonSM from New York on Apr 29, 2017
3.99 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Apr 03, 2017
4.02 by Bronzewaite from Canada (BC) on Feb 07, 2017
3.5 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Jan 28, 2017
4.73 by FlyingFlat from Canada (AB) on Jan 22, 2017
Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

650ml bottle - of all the Canadian 'white whale' brews that I've been asked about over the years, this one probably tops the list. And of course, we now have it in Alberta - patience, and all that.

This beer pours a clear, very dark orange-brick highlighted brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some nice pitted limestone wall lace in places around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, kind of pithy nuts, wan cafe-au-lait, stale bittersweet cocoa powder, ethereal black licorice, some overripe black stone fruit, and tame earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, further subtle toffee notes, medium dark chocolate, some oily nuttiness, well-creamed and vanilla-laced coffee, laid-back anise spice, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, reduced brown sugar syrup, and a still plain weedy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite light in its fleeting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a swell airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here (the beer, not actually 'here'). It finishes off-dry, the caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla presiding.

Overall, Dark Matter is indeed a pretty flavourful brown ale, one more suitable for dessert pairings, as the hoppy quotient is just not up to Yankee spec. Not a bad thing, of course, and I now see why this one is so popular with the hoi polloi - sugary and sweet, and not really all that challenging. Let them eat cake!

Dec 15, 2016
3.85 by BeerBeast from Florida on Dec 14, 2016
3.75 by nickfl from Florida on Sep 05, 2016
Photo of Josievan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Josievan from Iowa

On tap at the Malahat Chalet on Thursday, 07/14/16. Paired well with the bison and bleu cheese burger!

Jul 25, 2016
3.56 by GarcX from Washington on Apr 25, 2016
3.54 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Apr 09, 2016
Dark Matter from Hoyne Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 106 ratings