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Voltan | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Brewed by:
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: 4 | Ratings: 29
Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
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 -27.7%
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 jasonpeckins32
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 beesy
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.82 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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