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

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 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 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 Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

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 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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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New brewer on the block ( used to brew with Canoe in Victoria). The name suggests a big beer or a Cascadian Dark but it is in fact a well balanced Brown Ale that has a full mouthfeel and a lovely chesnut finish. I liked the drinkibility of this beer combined with the complexity of the midbody. More malt than hops as expected for the style , this is a good Brown Ale.

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Photo of ZachT
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beervana
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

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