Dark Matter | Hoyne Brewing Co.

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79 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoyne Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
hoynebrewing.ca

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by LampertLand on 03-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 19
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Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 jennybeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 montrealbcr89
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of pudoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 Jeremy7
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dallman60
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of FlyingFlat
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChuckGnarly
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 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 Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TRiGS
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GarcX
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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Dark Matter from Hoyne Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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