Voltan | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Massive! Roasted espresso, dried fig, licorice, and incredibly deep rich malt flavor. "Do you know what those things can do? Suck the paint off your house and give your family a permanent orange afro."

Added by beesy on 03-05-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 55
Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves very little lacing.

It has a nice coffee and roasted malt aroma.

The taste starts out with some roasted malt which gives way to coffee flavor and has a bitter coffee finish.

Full mouthfeel

This is a pretty good stout from a brewery known more for their hazy IPA's.

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

One of the first offerings I've tried from HH. Not bad, but does not have the thick mouthfeel I'm looking for. Has a respectable coffee note, but also fails to hit the great bitterness the style can so often have. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a totally pitch black with a mocha head.

Aroma is very roasty, hint of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee roasty notes.

Taste follows the same with a big roasty malt note, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits and a roasted coffee bean finish. Decently dry too.

Fuller side of medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, hidden alcohol.

Decent beer, but it's nothing special and there are many better examples of the style out there. Needs a thicker mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sensibility in stout now finds imperial status. Without getting lost in its own bigness, the Hoof Hearted team quietly puts out a meek, moderate and simple imperial stout... if there is such a thing.

Voltan comes crawling out of the can, seemingly all by itself. After crowning with a frothy tan cap, the espresso black beer draws in the senses with dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, wonderfully scorched cream and caramel. Its sultry roasted flavors slather on the front of the tongue with toffee, marshmallow, dark coffee and malted milk candies.

As the tastebuds saturate with the beer's lavish sweetness and roast flavors, those french-press coffee delicacies, malted chocolates, candied walnuts and slightly scorches sugars roll onto the finish with a robust delightfulness. With nuances of dark fruit and spice lurking in the background, hints of cherry, grape and fennel aren't that far away. Trailing with a woodsy hop bitterness, any detectible balance to the char and sweetness seems coffee and cocoa-like.

Full-bodied, robust and creamy, the beer's texture is off brownie batter but is rich like malted milkshake. Warm with alcohol and with a kiss of roast-derived astringency and, the beer balances with grilled fruit and a hint of robust red wine with a long aftertaste of dark chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a black color, pouring dark brow out out of the can.

The aroma hits of nutty coffee, raisin, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of spice, mocha.

The flavor follows with a huge amount of coffee, almost as if there was a coffee addition. Cold brew style wit some mocha sweetness, clean coffee flavor, a bit of nuttiness, a bit of dark fruit, onto dark chocolate candy sweetness. Onto a semi dry roasty finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I wanted to like this beer, partly because I'm still more of a stout than IPA man, but mainly because I was so thoroughly impressed with Cultrider, which is hands down the absolute best Black IPA I've ever had. However, it just wasn't meant to be.

Voltan is blackish brown with a tan head.

Off the nose is where this gets off to an unusual start--green olive, raw pizza dough, and salt brine come to the fore. It's a bit off-putting at first.

As we let it warm it became apparent this beer definitely needs to be kept at warmer temps than it's served at on draft at the new brewpub. A touch of nuttiness comes out and the weird notes mellow out a little bit. Some super bitter roasty, coffee-like notes come through as well.

Ultimately, some novel sips to be sure, but off the mark--which Hoof doesn't shoot for to begin with, but this is just out there.

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Photo of jp32
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-draft at the brewpub.

Pours black in color. Very dark. It has a mediocre aroma with a roasted presence and some coffee present, just both are fairly mild for a beer of this style and for how it looks.

Lots of coffee present in it's flavor. Some black licorice. Ends with deep, malty, roasted finish.

Great imperial stout. I would love to have it again. I also would love to see it get bottled.

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Photo of zimm421
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid black with a fluffy light brown head. The nose is fairly muted, with hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Nothing impressive there. The taste is mostly what you'd expect from a stout, chocolate, coffee, more roasted malts, but also a touch of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is average for a stout, but not quite as thick and chewy as I'm looking for. Overall it's a decent RIS, but no single aspect blows me away.

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Photo of beesy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a BB Vanilla Porter snifter from a 32oz growler filled today at Weilands Market (the keg was tapped today).

A - pours a slightly opaque deep brown that builds to black in the glass. A finger and a half tall head builds then quickly falls to a thin skimming of foam huddling at the endges of the glass.

S - roast profiles dominate the aroma. Roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate all come through. There's an unusual almost peanut butter cup type aroma snuggled down in there. Maybe some Victory or Biscuit malts in there? Slightly smokey/peat.

T - largly follows the nose in that roast is the dominate profile in the taste as well. Very malty once you dig through the roast and bitterness. Bakers chocolate. Espresso. A very firm, fairly clean bitterness builds in the late palate and lingers for a fair amount. Alcohol is well hidden (best info I can find is this comes in around 7%ABV, which is on the light end of a RIS). The peanut butter cup aroma comes through slightly in the taste as malt derived.

M - medium bodied. Carb level is fairly low, which I think is making it feel heavier than it could be.

D - fairly low for me. The bitterness from the roast teams up with the hop bitterness and some unusual flavors, makimg it slightly like work to get through it.

Overall a decent beer with some good qualities. It's trying t be a good beer but falls a little short. The roast and bitterness levels are too unbalanced to make this beer really enjoyable, especially for the low end of style ABV. Some unexpected flavors also appear that prevent this from being a great beer. Looking forward to trying this again down the road to see if they can iron out some issues.

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Voltan from Hoof Hearted Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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