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Hockley Stout - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: pootz on 03-15-2007

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a bit of a roasted/smoke taste. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with a tiny bit of a lingering burnt/bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Very drinkable but in no way exciting or memorable. It could use a touch more sweetness but I guess that might take away from it's sessionability. Worth a try, but i wouldn't revisit this one again.

Photo of TheHammer
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that managed to retain decently but didn't lace very much. The body is black as night as expected with a brown tinge to it.

Smell: A surprising dry, smokey roast with touches of coffee and a light dust of walnuts. Seems to also have a very light, black currant note, which actually caused me to wikipedia the fruit and apparently some put black currant juice into Stout. Who knew?

Taste: Lighter then most stouts, although I'd say I'm enjoying it. A mild mannered smokey roasted malt starts us off as a mild coffee taste builds up and regrettably only the barest notes of that earlier currant presence on the nose which would have rounded out the beer nicely. Instead it falls a bit flat at the end as only a very light touch of bitterness ends it. I'd give it 3.25 if I could.

Mouthfeel: It started out nice but the carbonation fell flat at the 3/4 finished mark. It doesn't really drink like a stout, it's more like a lighter Porter. It doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, although it leaves you a little bit too dry.

Drinkability: The lack of aftertaste and lighter flavour makes the beer easy to drink. However, this is supposed to be a stout, more bitterness and a heavier aspect should be present. Really time does this beer no favours.

Final Thoughts: Well I'm glad this beer taught me about Black Currants in beer, but I dunno. I was impressed at the start of the beer, but it gradually became more and more tame as the carbonation panned out. It's good, but the problem I have is if I wanted a Stout, this wouldn't be what I was looking for. This is more like a milder Porter, so keep that in mind if you pick it up.

Photo of Stocean1
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a big two finger head which quickly subsided to a thin line of a creamy coffee head - thin fine lacing - deep brown/ black

S - molasses, bready malt, caramel

T - malt, sweet molasses, coffee,hint of bitter hops

M - lighter than I would like with plenty of carbonation (soda?), not overly bitter

O - a very drinkable stout which is in line with all of the brews I have had from Hockley - good but not great - definitely worth another taste some time soon.

Photo of paxkey
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up the taster pack. stout, dark, black and tan.

'pours like liquid midnight' on can.
traditional irish stout.
abv on my can says 4.2

looks great in the glass. tar black. nice one finger tan head. lots of rocky bubbles.

smells like a stout. coffee grounds, butterscotch.
if they could tone donwn the carbonation a half point this would be divine.

smooth and slightly sweet finish. leaves a sticky taste in the mouth. a very drinkable offering.
i love it.

Photo of eat
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and opaque with a finger of beige head which fades to nothing in a couple minutes. No lacing, retention could be better.

Smells of molasses, grain, a hint of chocolate, light earthy hops

Very light in flavour without necessarily coming off as being watery. Molasses, dark malt, light minerals and drying, little roast, earthy bitterness on the finish. Not too interesting but it is quite well balanced.

Very light body for a stout but it works okay here, matching the light flavour. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability here is definitely high, especially at this ABV (4.2% on this can). I could easily drink a bunch of these in a short period of time. Not sure that I would buy it again but it would be a good choice if you're looking for an incredibly sessionable stout in Ontario.

Photo of Mit
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a very dark cola colour with very little light penetrating. Very slight head.

s-some dark fruit but mostly chocolate and coffee malts dominate the bouquet.

t-Def not as strong as one would expect. The coffee and chocolate notes are there...no dark fruits on tongue. Interesting aftertaste that reminded me of dairy(to go with coffee?)

m-Thin but it's only a 4.6% beer...

d-not bad...I will drink the other one I have.

Photo of ludachris
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Pours like liquid midnight" is the phrase stated boldly on the can, and it's pretty damn close with only a sprinkle of light seeping through its black body at the top and bottom edges of the beer. Two fingers of rich and creamy mocha coloured head seem fitting for the style. Quite an inticing looking stout.

A dry and roasty nose emits suggestions of cocoa powder, light coffee, and a blackberry twang that loosely reminds me of the sour aspect of Guinness, but a bit more interesting.

Far more watery than expected with the sweet/sour blackberry out of the picture. Biting carbonation detracts from the roasted and nutty character that hurridely sweeps across the back of the palate before an odd metallic and buttery character leads in the finish.

Its filmy and light body has a carbonated feel that reminds me of mineral water, and that's not all that pleasant in a beer. A quaffer on tap? Maybe. But not a joy to drink.

It seems like Hockley Valley sacrificed the taste and feel of this stout that nailed the appearance and smell to make it incredibly easy to put down. I look at Hockley Valley as a mediocre brewery, and this is far from their best offering. I'll take a Guinness over this.

Photo of marty21
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black with ruby highlights when held to light. It was a big 2 plus finger creamy tan head. Settles to a tan cap and leaves thick walls of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. There's also some sweetness at the end.

T: Roasted malt, coffee and faint hints of chocolate. Mild bitterness. It's a bit watery.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body. Very easy to drink.

D: It seemed a lot more watery then the last time I had this one but it has a better feel and taste then other dry stouts (Guinness). Don't pursue this one if you're looking for bold flavors but it's still not too bad. Also it has a 4.2 Abv not 4.6

Photo of tbeckett
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

ABV reads 4.2%

A - Between black and a really dark ruby read. Some noticable carbonation streaming up the sides and a fizzy tan sort of head on top that goes away pretty quick but leaves a good cap on top.

S - Lot's of coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate there too perhaps but I get alot more of the malt and dark roast coffee.

T- Coffee mostly again. Maltiness is nice. Not a whole lot there but there's a sort of lingering bitterness with this too. All the flavours are subtle enough while also being noticable.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation noticable. Sort of fizzy in the mouth like soda. Not velvetty like a stout has the potential to be. This is over carbonated for sure.

D - High. Nice low ABV but really nice flavours to keep a night going.

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Head dissipates with a little bit of lacing. Has a very nutty smell, with some mild coffee and chocolate roast. Taste has mild bitterness. Body is a bit thin. I used to enjoy this stout a lot more. I don't know if my tastes have changed with trying more beers or if the beer has. Still a nice enough stout for Ontario.

Photo of sailorjacko
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only issue I would have with this nice coffee hinted stout would be a better head formation and retention. Dare I say, larger cans with a nitro ball? I would be glad to have this on a regular basis and I hope the Newfoundland Liquor Board keeps bringing this beer in.

Photo of MattyV
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can to use in an Irish stew and had about half left, so figured I would give it a shot.

Pours a dark chestnut brown-black, pretty opaque, maybe sliight brown highlights when put in front of the late-afternoon sunshine. Small airy head quickly receded.

Smells nutty, roasty, tiny bit of caramel sweetness.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, mostly a nutty roasted bitterness, touch of smoke and coffee, and that bit of sweetness as well. All flavours are pretty underwhelming overall.

Thin, watery mouthfeel, nice carbonation though.

Overall, an okay stout. Low ABV and goes down easy, could throw a few back no problem.

Photo of Brent
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Per the label "pours like liquid midnight." Midnight must be darker down here, because the pour was more dark-brown than black. Minimal head on hard pour. Even for a style that is not assertive and focuses on being easy to drink, this fell on the timid side of the scale. A tad watery and sour, with pleasant but insufficient roasted malt flavor.

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Hockley Stout from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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