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Hockley Dark - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%

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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-12-2004)
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-24-2012 03:28:49 | More by djcreepshow
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Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 22:43:01 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-25-2014 20:39:30 | More by Brody1714
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 04:13:18 | More by DenisKolkin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-26-2014 01:16:01 | More by boszormeny
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

01-21-2014 19:37:41 | More by RevCraig
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-11-2014 05:08:06 | More by DamageCase76
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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 21:16:05 | More by smakawhat
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-10-2013 01:00:39 | More by dipso123
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-05-2013 20:47:04 | More by ZachT
Photo of EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately dark red-amber color, small short-lived offwhite head. Clear with a few small slow-moving bubbles.

Pleasant aroma of plums, raisins, burnt sugar, hint of spice.

Light taste, more raisin and caramel flavors, smooth clean bittering hops, slight fruity esters.

Medium-body, light carbonation, excellent creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Oustanding smooth dark mild, a quaffable and well-balanced interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 08:52:17 | More by EvanHarper
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-28-2013 05:41:39 | More by Exeter
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into a point glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear cola reddish brown, thin white head, lively carbonation, good lacing.

S - Toffee, toast, some caramel, some nuttiness.

T - Toffee, nutty, some toast, some sour notes, mild bitter finish. Overall the flavour is rather thin.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light body, some creaminess, a bit watery, mostly dry finish.

O - Drinkable but in part because it's a on the light side.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 20:08:21 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-05-2013 21:07:03 | More by Bf_89
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-15-2013 17:12:50 | More by TheBeeraholic
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although higher alcohol content than many a "mild", lots of flavour in this British-style beer.

Pours a dark amber colour with little head and low retention. Impressive aroma of roasted toffee and dark roasted malts. This leads into a more simple taste, with a sweet nuttiness before a pleasant but light roasted malt body and hop bitterness.

Not a beer I buy often, but one I always enjoy and would recommend to any fan of North American takes on British ales.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 20:35:20 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-11-2013 17:02:55 | More by timiskin
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

02-17-2013 05:46:06 | More by MylesMac
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-09-2013 01:03:33 | More by mjacquard
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-06-2012 18:45:45 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/brown color to it. It has a nice light tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramel, roasted malts, nuts and toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice nutty character with caramel, roasted malts and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 21:11:19 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, slightly hazy pour. Half finger creamy, light tan head. Lacing is decent.

Sweet biscuits, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Light toasted malts with a touch of being toast.

Toasted malts, brown sugar, toffee and a touch of vanilla.

Light body, good carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 00:28:09 | More by korguy123
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

10-07-2012 01:30:57 | More by bigox420
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown/caramel color that's translucent. Small film of off-white head. Not quite as dark as I expected given the name on the can, but I like a beer with good clarity none the less.

Aroma: Big toffee note and an overall sweetness to the aroma. Smells like a Scottish Ale. Nice caramel apple type scent. However, the smell isn't as robust as I'd like it to be.

Taste: Much less sweet than the aroma hinted at (which works in its favor). There are some interesting malts being used in this brew. That nice toffee aroma comes through in the flavor, but in a much more subdued way. It reins in the sweetness and just gives you the toffee flavor with a nice roasty bitterness to hold it all together. I'm tempted to call this one a tad watery, but at only 5% abv it's giving a lot of bang for the buck. Slightly dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and between medium and light in body. Easy drinking but the aftertaste becomes a little cloying about halfway through.

Final Thoughts: When I think of English Brown Ales, New Castle comes to mind. While Hockley Dark is in that same grain, it offers slightly less sweetness and a little more roughness on the palate. Overall, an interesting beer but not one that I would seek out again.

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 03:01:50 | More by JamesMN
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The second in my ($8) 3-pack of cans.

It pours with a light beige, creamy head which reduces with lacing. The body is dark brown and appears clear but it's nearly opaque. The aroma is mostly rootbeer and licorice. It tastes sweet. It has no strong flavour but has hints of old coffee, dates, and roasted nuts. It has a light body and medium carbonation
Overall, another good beer from Hockley. I find it shares similar characteristics to their Black & Tan (this dark ale may have been used in that). This beer isn't spectacular but definitely above average.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 02:47:39 | More by maclean25
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Hockley Dark from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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