Review: Hoyne Dark Matter

Today I'm checking out Hoyne Brewing's Dark Matter Dark Ale. I've heard of this beer before but never tried it before, but now it randomly popped up in Manitoba so time to try it out! I've only had Hoyne once before and don't really remember trying it before but I've heard only good things about the brewery in the past. 

Edit: Turns out it only popped up at my local LC because someone did a special order for the beer, it wasn't meant to be put out as stock, oops!

From the website: Dark Matter is the only beer we make where we don’t say on the bottle what style it is. This is for a very good reason. Even we don’t know! It is more easily described by what it isn’t. It is not as roasted as a stout, nor is it as sweet or high in alcohol as a porter. And don’t even mention brown ale in the same breath. Like the Northern Lights, it is seductively elusive, bringing the mystery of the universe into your glass. 5.3% ABV

Appearance: Deep dark brown (near black) with a yellowish-beige head on top. The head doesn't really go anywhere as the beer goes down a bit. No noticeable lacing.

Aroma: Classic dark ale, pretty standard. It has a sweet malt profile with notes of caramel, lots of roasted malt to give it a bit of a coffee profile as well as a nuttiness to it. 

Taste: Sweet, mildly roasted with a bit of coffee profile to it, good amount of nuttiness to it, a bit of an earthiness to it, caramel, and a hint of dark chocolate to it. Fairly smooth, fairly light for mouthfeel, not heavy. The aftertaste is a bit earthy but quickly disappears.

Overall Thoughts: While they say they don't know what style it is, it full on tastes like an English Dark Ale/Mild. It's solid, a tad pricy for the style ($9 for a 650mL bottle) but worth trying. Decently sweet, a tad more desserty than expected, but also mildly burnt/earthy.

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