Strongman | Hi-Wire Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
hiwirebrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee milk stout

Added by wedge on 11-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,375
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
132
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
25
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: nearly opaque dark brown. Big fluffy mocha head on the pour. Messy lingering lacing.
smell: roasty coffee. Some bittersweet chocolate.
taste: much like the nose with a bitter char in the finish.

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Photo of tgdavis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Lovely head retention & lacing

S: Loads of coffee, not much else

T: Coffee, lactose dryness, a little vanilla on the edges, some woody hops as well up front. More coffee & lactose as this warms, a little caramel as well, charred grounds as well. Finishes dry with weak coffee notes, a little vanilla as well

MF: Light body, fairly firm carbonation, body firms up a bit when warm

Note bad. was hoping for more bdy & depth of flavor

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Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So good!

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Photo of riptorn
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look – Very dark brown, almost black. Non-aggressive pour in a shaker produced a tan ¾” head that both held and laced well.
Smell – Coffee and roast.
Taste – Coffee and roast, with sweetness to help temper the coffee. Bittering was neither missing nor over the top, pretty much spot on.
Feel – Okay but just a tad thin (just a tad).
Overall – A little more silkiness in the mouthfeel would probably make this my go-to coffee milk stout, but it's not a deal-breaker. It was pleasant and is worthy of buying a sixer.

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Photo of Rseanchardy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very strong notes of coffee a little bitter for a stout. I've had much better but it's still a tolarable beer.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong coffee, sweet malt, hint of spicy hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an English Sweet / Milk Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee (fresh and fruity), sweet malt, hint of spicy hops, hint of lactose, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and great body.

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Photo of WinstonDuncan
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite coffee stouts!

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Photo of chris826
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cwkash
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Calusa snifter. No bottle date.

Deep black shiny color with a beige creamy head of 1 finger, receding to a fingernail with lots of hilly lace left behind.

Aroma of deep, spicy coffee and hot chocolate. Slight cinnamon. Very nice aromas.

Flavor is extremely bitter though. Tons of pepper and burnt bitter coffee on the flavor. Slight chocolate underneath it all, but the coffee wave is strong.

Feel is nicely carbonated, with some slight creaminess underneath. Borders on medium-full. Slight roasty finish.

Overall definitely a coffee-lover's beer. I usually expect the coffee to be balanced with chocolate and malt but this is very coffee-forward. Maybe as it warms up it will mellow out a bit.

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Photo of cnealc
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roarkty
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/30/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas have hints of coffee, vanilla, caramel and cocoa. Some roasted malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. More coffee along with some hints of chocolate. Subtle hints of vanilla and caramel. Decent bitterness. It's not too sweet. Roasted characteristics are there. Solid malt backbone. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with active carbonation. It's pretty fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid milk stout. The coffee is balanced and doesn't come off as extreme, but it blends well with everything else going on. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is quite good for a smallish stout. Better than expected.

It pours a nice dark brown/black with great lacing. The aroma is strong coffee with roasty malts. The taste similarly presents very roasty with loads of coffee. If it weren't too thin it would be a great big brew. Instead it is just great.

Recommended.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ceezer
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Strongman from Hi-Wire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 132 ratings