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%
 
 
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4
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jesse1258828
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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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Photo of montrealbcr89
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of pudoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 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 Eric_Standard
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Smooth, very drinkable. Nice sweetness, caramel notes, roasted flavours. A modest sort of brew, much more mild than the name might suggest.

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

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 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 GarcX
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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