Voltan | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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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
Ranking:
#9,152
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
65
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 11
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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zimm421
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Hoof Hearted brew---waited a long time for this elusive little brew....but....

Pours a deep rich blackish brown with cola highlights and a fantastic head of light brown
foam that settles to a thick ring and layer in the snifter showing excellent lacing as poured
from the tall boy can. Nose of coffee...tons of coffee oddly like the cans of the cold coffee
from them I purchased without looking appropriately at the label that noted that there was
no alcohol in it. A small trace of chocolate resides in the mix as well, but it is overcome by
the heft of the coffee. Flavors follow the nose....it's coffee and char and a touch of bakers
chocolate with a hint of cream with warmth and a lingering malt bitterness that is so
reminiscent of the canned coffee I bought, and to be honest----HATED. A bit better with
alcohol and a touch more from the malts, but still the nagging bludgeon of coffee to the
Nth degree. Warmth does produce some other flavors but it is still beaten to death by the
coffee....and by the way...heavy coffee should be drank by the pot which I do every day, this
is a touch overkill though and I like my brew bitter and black. Decent mouth feel; medium
full body, medium light carbonation, and a bitter char and coffee finish.

Dig coffee? This is decent, but the chase was better than the catch as Mr. Kilmister said
in a favorite song.

Decent idea, but lacks balance and a far cry from a Russian Imperial Stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Peter1977
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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 -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Majestic
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.76/5  rDev -30.5%
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 +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparty1224
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brief Review:

O: Shout out to BeerEconomicus for including this in a recent trade. My first exposure to Hoof Hearted, and I'm excited! Huge roast up front, tons of coffee. Doesn't explicitly state coffee in the label, but it's here. For an RIS, it's on the smaller side at 9.5%, which is nice. It's not overly bitter or hoppy. Very nicely done from Hoof Hearted.

Recommendation: I know it's not their most well-known beer, but this is a pretty solid representation of an RIS if you're looking for one that's not gonna be too huge in flavor or alcohol.

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Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of merock1402
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bisco42
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To hoppy for a Russian.

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Voltan from Hoof Hearted Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 65 ratings