Hi-Wire Brewing

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #331
Ranked #9,053
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: Coffee milk stout
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 142 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Singlefinpin
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appears dark brown almost black. Head dropped quickly, nice lacing.
Smells like coffee and malt.
Smells like strong dark roasted coffee.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is creamy and medium for the style.
Overall a good example of a coffee milk stout. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strongman has a medium, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of roasted coffee, dark malts, and cream. The flavor is similar, with low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Strongman finishes medium dry.


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

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours black with a thin cap of brown head that leaves scattered blotchy lace as it recedes.

Smells of coffee grounds, baker's chocolate, roasted caramel malt, dried anise and soft weedy hops.

Tastes of cold black coffee, bittersweet chocolate chips, singed caramel, wet ash, more anise licorice flavour and more faint leafy hops.

Feels mild and smooth. Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Coffee sort of runs the show here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this beer for quite some time. Reviews are good so hope it's still tasty!
A - Good looking stout very dark black with some mild ruby hues at the base. Nice 1/4 inch of mocha foam that settles to a good ring.
S - Great smell bittersweet chocolates, cocoa powder and coffee roasts.
T - Mild lactose sugars, bittersweet chocolate and a coffee roast finish. Not too sweet but a very palatable milk stout.
M - Good body light to medium smooth and creamy.

Overall pretty spot on with the style and easy to finish. Would have again!

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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 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 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 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 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 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.


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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via Savor Growl in Newtown. This rather
nice stout pours a deep muddy blackish brown with a nice head of light tan
foam that dissipates to a thick ring and thin layer with excellent lacing. Nose
of rich coffee, moderately heavy char, and mild cream notes. Flavors exceed the
nose with robust coffee notes swimming in char and dark bakers chocolate with
a moderate sweetness from lactose sugars. Some caramel malts appear with
warmth and a zesty hop note fills in the gaps on the finish to keep things in balance.
Nice mouth feel; medium carbonation, full body, and a roasted finish.

This is a mighty fine SOLID offering from a newer brewer in these parts.


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Photo of TonyLema1
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: deep deep brown, with a big thick tan lacing head
S: lots of coffee, cream and roasted malts
T: more toasty malt than coffee or milk
F: not as full bodied as I wanted
O: started out good, but ended up disappointing

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic appearance and pour for the style, one finger tan head with a pitch black body. The aroma is a HUGE punch of roasted coffee bitterness, with the emphasis on bitter. Burnt toast, dark unsweetened chocolate... Heavenly. Taste follows the nose, but with a slight sweetness to balance out the bitterness of everything else. The stout itself is very full-bodied for a 5.3% beer, almost like the consistency of milk itself. Overall a fantastic representation of the style.

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

12 oz

Pours jet opaque black, light tan head dissipates to nothing.

Aroma of coffee beans, toast, cocoa, and earthy undertones.

Flavor is of cocoa, coffee bean, lactose, roast and biscuit.

Medium to full body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Tasty milk stout with some good flavor and body at a drinkable abv. Worth a try, very enjoyable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Aubrey's Knoxville Strawberry Plains. This one leans heavy toward the coffee side. Not sure if there is coffee in this one but it is deeply ingrained in this one. Coffee aromas and full coffee flavor. Well balanced and an easy drinker. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark beer with a roasty sweet coffee and cream aroma. The taste is pleasantly sweet up front with with a roasted coffee flavor in the middle and a bitter coffee finish. There is a lingering bitterness and sweetness. The mouthfeel felt a bit thin for a milk stout but this is otherwise a very tasty beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12/30....pours dark black brown with light foam. Sweet coffee creamer nose. Strong coffee burst. Medium bitter smooth creamy mouthfeel. The coffee pushes and the lactose keeps it smooth.

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Photo of SFNC
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look; Dark brown to black with some reddish brown along the edges, A thin head that is gone quickly.
Smell; Dark roast coffee up front with sweet carmalized malts, but there is a sour (in a bad way) undertone. Vomit?
Taste; Much better than the smell. Again coffee is up front, with a slight sweetness from the malts acting as a good counter balance.
Feel; Thin and a bit fizzy for a Stout, more of a Porter in feel.
Overall; The unpleasant smell did not affect eh taste and the feel, while not ideal, is not a deal breaker. This is an easy drinking Coffee Stout that is light and enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter

A very dark brown colored body with a short head that soon reduces to a ring but does leave some coating lace

Aroma: strong coffee notes, with some roasted grain and a hint of chocolate.

Flavor: medium-dark roasted coffee with some dark bread. Quality coffee flavors. Lightly sweet up front with transition to a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: smooth; medium+ body; light carbonation; semi-dry finish that is also a touch powdery.

Overall: an enjoyable, coffee-forward ale with low bitterness.

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Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lactose, coffee grounds, and roast malt dominate the aroma.

Flavor is very coffee forward, with just a hint of sweetness initially that fades to roasty, lightly bitter malt and toasted notes in the finish.

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Photo of dbell23
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Nice fluffy head with good lacing. Black like a stout should be.

Smell is subdued. Roasted malts, coffee (duh) and maybe some vanilla sweetness but pretty subdued none the less.

Taste is the big hit. As one might imagine it tastes like a milk stout with a really nice coffee flavor. The sweetness of the milk stout and the bitterness of the coffee are very nicely balanced. The finish is a really nice coffee bitterness. Its almost like a dark roasted malt but it taste like coffee to me.

Mouth feel is maybe a tad thin but not bad at all. Super smooth like a milk stout should be.

Overall a keeper. I drink a lot of imperial Russian stouts so this is like a session stout but a really good one. I will buy again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

pours jet black, off-white head that fades soon. smells like black coffee. taste is fairly bitter, a touch acidic, fairly strong coffee flavor. medium bodied. overall - okay, but as a milk stout I expected a little sweeter of a beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle picked up in Asheville, 10.31.15

L - Pitch black, with 1/2 a finger of head and a creamy top

S - Freshly brewed coffee, and fresh coffee beans. Its overwhelming so thats all you get, but thats not a bad thing

T - Dark roasted coffee with a vanilla finish.

F - Full body and creamy, lower carbonation

O - An extremely tasty coffee stout with low ABV. This is a breakfast beer. Tasty!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a dark brown, near black body with a modestly-sized, light beige head.

Smell: Well-roasted coffee and equally well-roasted malt in the nose with background accents of smooth chocolate, dark fruits and vanilla cream.

Taste: Roasted malts adjoined to a strong, forward coffee flavor with a quieting boldness. Lactose rounded tastes of dark chocolate, some dark fruitiness. Moderate sweetness. Malty, coffee-toned finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Mmm-MM! That's delicious coffee milk stout.

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