Voltan | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States
hoofheartedbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by beesy:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ohiobeer29
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buckeyechilln
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Peter1977
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Inglewood
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Majestic
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 Chackman151
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of merock1402
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bisco42
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To hoppy for a Russian.

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Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottJWing
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Voltan from Hoof Hearted Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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