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Hoyne Voltage

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On paper it sounds great: craft brewed, high-quality coffee beans (and hand-pressed at that), extremely limited batch, and even a slick label. What’s not to love about this beer? The problem comes in that quirkly little thing called execution.

The coffee half of this beer is thick and lucious. Usually the kind of coffee that winds up in beers is not exactly high grade, but even after being turned into stout and sitting in a bottle for a month you can tell that Habit Espresso is the kind you need more of.

And that’s the problem. The coffee so outplays the stout here that we quickly forget what we’re drinking. The beer half of this equation is thin with a disappointing mouthfeel. I wanted a massive punch of chewy, roasted malt to balance out that espresso, but alas it’s just not there. All I get is a watery stout that disappears behind the (great) coffee with each sip.

In the end this beer, much as the label hints, cannot decide if it’s beer or coffee, and it suffers for it. What had the potential to be an amazing home run from Hoyne on their first birthday winds up just being an okay version of an admittedly hard style to nail.

However, at the price point of $5-7 that’s what you’d expect. Even so, I just can’t help wanting more from this one, but that’s just the sort of beer geek I am, I always want perfection.

Since only one tank was made, and Sean Hoyne uses 10 hectolitre tanks, get this sooner rather than later. Even with the slow sales, those ~125 cases will be gone forever before you know it.

Coles notes:

Brewery Hoyne Brewing
From Victoria, BC
Name Voltage
Style Espresso Stout
SOA Now Bronze
SOA Potential N/A; Table beer
Drink Now
Recommened cut off for drinking espresso in beer 8:30 PM
Availability Some LRS, zero at LDB
Cost $5-7 per 650ml bottle
Similar Beers Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout
Chuck says Buy 1 or 2 to drink now, then more as required. If it still hurts in a week, come back to see me.


I get the feeling I won’t use the silver much.

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October 23rd, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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