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Hockley Dark - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-12-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Really pleasant dark beer with a smooth malty taste

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-13-2014 23:58:01 | More by CRObighit2
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-03-2014 05:12:30 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-03-2014 01:18:43 | More by Pmicdee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-16-2014 00:38:45 | More by DarrenBrule
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-14-2014 00:26:43 | More by GoHabsGo
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-13-2014 23:42:09 | More by Molson2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-31-2014 22:30:34 | More by polloenfuego
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-28-2014 18:52:43 | More by joefinnigan15
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tabhill

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-23-2014 01:13:46 | More by tabhill
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%

The origins of Hockley Valley Brewing Company date to the end of 2002 with its foundation in the back of a small general store in Hockley Village, Ontario. Brewmaster Andrew Kohnen subsequently joined the company, and in 2007 the brewery relocated to its current facility in Orangeville, Ontario. Hockley Valley Brewing currently produces three beers; Hockley Dark, Hockley Black & Tan and Hockley Stout. We tried the Dark, which was 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

Hockley Valley Dark ("HVD") poured with a big cascade in the glass, and was a dark ruby/brown colour with a fluffy beige head. Great visuals! The head was a good 3 cm after pouring and dissipated slowly with a bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is predominantly of toasted malt with subtle hops. The body was a bit lighter than you would normally expect for a dark ale, but I understand that this was done deliberately to appeal more to the North American market. There was an appropriate amount of carbonation and smooth mouth feel. In terms of taste, the Brewmaster has found a pretty good balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts and a subtle hoppy presence. The taste lingers for a few seconds on the tongue, but finishes clean and dry. All in all, a respectable dark ale that was good enough that I would want to try the brewery's other offerings at some point in the not too distant future.

According to the brewery's web site, HVD won gold medals at both the 2008 Canadian, and 2008 Ontario Brewing Awards.

04-17-2014 22:43:01 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Brody1714

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear dark mahogany color, with few bubbles present. 1 finger head dissipates into next to nothing quickly and virtually no lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Aromatic with some cherry and other candied fruits balanced by a strong but not overpowering malt aroma. In particular some plum and raisin baked into homemade bread.

Taste - Much like the nose, some dark fruits and a fresh bread and grain malt to offset the fruits. Pretty tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing and it clings to your mouth a bit. Medium carbonation and a fairly light body. Well done for the style.

Overall - A fine brew that is well balanced and well-representative of the style. An obvious fairly local comparison is the Neustadt 10w30 and both stand up after further scrutiny as being really solid beers. I think I prefer this one a bit more mainly due to its pungent aromatics, but both are and enjoyable and affordable interpretation of the style.

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Ontario (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

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Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured from the can into a Becker Pint glass.

A real nice looking beer. Deep chestnut red and brown, clear if very dark. Thick fluffy light tan brown head and fluffy with lots of staying power. The body color is incredibly impressive with a dark ruby red color.

Nice nose with a mild chocolate sense, and light roast character. A bit of one hit wonder but not exclusively buy very solid.

Wonderful palate and mouthfeel. Great mix of chocolate and roast. Wonderful creamy body with silky texture and light coating. Nice toasty brown like flavors on the finish with matching chocolate and virtually no bitterness. Tight moderate carbonation with thick malt backbone and roast crackling pop feel.

Extremely impressed by this for its large flavor and creamy body. Some cross off crazy porter brown ale with light mild character. Fantastic stuff.

12-26-2013 21:16:05 | More by smakawhat
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12-10-2013 01:00:39 | More by dipso123
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Hockley Dark from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.