Dark Matter | Hoyne Brewing Co.

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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
Photo of spacedaddy
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bronzewaite
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 BeerBeast
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Josievan
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Malone’s, Vancouver
Chocolate-amber with tan film. 3.75
Big chocolaty nose. 4
Brownie, bread crust, slight cherry stone, and a bit of grass to finish. 4
Carob end and clean linger.
Lt-med, crisp, slight chew. 3.75

A nice clean brown. More melanoidin than chocolate. Nothing revolutionary, but bullseye for sessioning. Why don’t more people want this type of thing? 4

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Photo of Corson
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Matter should really be the name of a deep, rich, mysteriously complex imperial stout, not so much this softly illuminated, perfectly clear, mahogany brown beer that, frankly, looks a little like cola (especially given the many bubbles sticking to its side and the fact that its head promptly fizzes out).

Matter may be elusive, as this brewer is keen to point out, but a beer's style should not be unless it is justifiably distinctive, unique, or bold. None of those adjectives can be applied to this aroma which, frankly, doesn't have the goods to pass as a porter, a stout or a brown ale...

If anything I'd guess it an English Dark Mild. There is some toasted nuttiness, but not enough. There's some roasted malt notes, but not enough. There's some cocoa flavour, but not enough. Ultimately, the beer tastes good, but not good enough. Mild almost to a fault, I get bored of it pretty quickly.

How to describe a beer with little-to-no texture, aftertaste or aroma? The lack of roast, bitterness or prominent flavour makes this a good candidate for a mindless quaff - something with just enough taste to enjoy sipping but not enough to have to think about it. It's best suited to distracting social settings.

I'm not a stickler for style guidelines but it'd serve this beer to circle a few well defined style traits and aim for them; it doesn't have enough redeeming character to stand on its own. This lack of clear-cut distinction is surprising given how wonderfully spot-on Hoyne's Pilsner is.

Dark Matter has great packaging that simply doesn't suit the liquid in the bottle. Not to say the beer is bad - it certainly is not - but if most people are like me they'll expect something richer, denser and more intricate. Try to enjoy this mild-mannered offering for what it is, not for what it's marketed as.

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

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 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 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 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 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 N_E_Beer
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my very favourites. Hard to peg and that's part of the appeal.

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