Hi-Wire Brewing

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #324
Ranked #8,799
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: Coffee milk stout
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 141 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mechamifune:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pours nearly jet black except for some ruby thru the body when held up to the light,a thinner but well retained beige head atop.Big roasted coffee aromas along with bitter chocolate and mild earth.The coffee is pronounced on the palate but the chocolate and brown sugar and dark fruit flavors hold up to it pretty well.A beer that is coffee forward but has nice" other" flavors.

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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 mntlover
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black but when held to the light you can see deep ruby/brown though out the whole goblet. Head is brown and small even with an aggressive pour that falls fast to a ring no real lace left behind.

Aroma is nice I like the big coffee notes on my sweet milk stout. Coffee defiantly dominate but you can smell the sweet lactose mingled through out underneath, even light smokiness.

Taste is coffee with light roasty notes, good lactose sweetness, some light anise notes. Some smoky notes maybe a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is big medium seems fuller then the 5.3% would indicate. Carbonation is lower side of medium.

Overall this is a good milk stout with a big coffee kick, makes for a god brew in m opinion.

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Bottle Revolution

Nearly black in color with not much head to speak of. Super fresh roasted coffee bean aroma, like sticking your face into a newly opened bag of beans. Sweetened coffee, some roasted malt, maybe a little vanilla. This is ALL about the java absolutely must love coffee to enjoy this beer, it is not subtle. To be honest, I couldn't tell you anything about the quality of the base beer because of this, but I really don't care. I love when a brewer successfully harnesses the fresh bean aromatics. Medium bodied with a slight bitterness. Straightforward, but nicely done.

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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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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 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 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 midlifec
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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 PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Bung
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Duckworths Balantyne. Dark cola pour, thin layer of off white head. Laced the glass just a bit.

Aroma, a hefty dark roast coffee. Some dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste, coffee is strong up front. Minimal latte presence. Just accenting my and chocolate presence. Cocoa and coffee bean finish it.

Mid body, good carbonation level. Drinks just fine. Weakness is that it is nearly a carbonated coffee beverage, I just couldn't find the milk stout behind it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear opaque jet black in color with a light to moderate amount of gentle visible carbonation at the surface of the beer and some cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has an eighth finger fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans over the top of sweet roasted malts and milk chocolate.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and slightly charred malts with moderate to strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee. That is followed by moderate amounts of lactose sweetness and a light amount of milk chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: I really enjoyed this one but the flavors/aromas of coffee are very strong... The aroma of this beer reminds me of opening a brand new bag of coffee beans.

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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 BirdsandHops
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing

S: tons of robust coffee on the nose bitter chocolate and roasted malts, but mostly coffee.

T: dark roasted, robust coffee dominates here as well. Roasted malts, char, and cacao also come through before a lightly bitter finish.

M: medium body and carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer feels like a bigger beer than it is.

O: a coffee-lover's dream, this beer tastes and feels a lot bigger than its 5.3% (a characteristic that I like since most low abv stouts end up being watery and bland to me). Not complex, but delicious and thoroughly enjoyable.

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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 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 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 atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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