Hockley Black & Tan - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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3.26/5 rDev -7.6%
Appearance: A body that is pretty much as dark a brown that you can get without being completely opaque. It poured with a finger and a half of frothy looking head, but it vanished in incredibly short order...so fast that I'm inclined to think didn't wash the glass right, no lacing.
Smell: A roasted dark malt smell with touches of dark chocolate and licorice with an almost rum like quality to it. Warming help brings it out a bit more.
Taste: Starts with a stout like dark and bitter roasted malt that brings forward light coffee is complimented by a lighter malt, ended with a bit of an odd mild brush of tonic water and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: That last brush has an odd texture to it, like the carbonation is trying to bring out the least interesting part of the beer. The transitioning is alright but the beer doesn't leave an aftertaste, which is a mixed bag.
Drinkability: Not quite rich enough to be stout interesting, and not quite refreshing enough to be an easy drinker. Kinda reminds me of a dunkel lager, but made far too tame. Easy enough to drink though.
Final Thoughts: All in all, it was an interesting experience, but i wouldn't say I'll be eagerly awaiting my next black and tan. All it all, I think it was a posistive experience, but really the rummy, carbonation note needs some work.
03-09-2013 07:46:25 | More by TheHammer
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a thick tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, some chocolate/coffee and faint dark fruit.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasted malt character along with faint chocolate/coffee notes and some fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel. Slightly watery.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with okay flavors and aromas.
09-17-2012 19:35:46 | More by SebD
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
Can into tumbler. Part one of their mix pack.
A- Almost completely opaque brown pour. Short lived two finger light tan head. Recedes to thin cap leaving streaks of thin lacing.
S- Roasted malts, chocolate and some weak coffee. The guy below smelled beef au jus. I can kind of see it but isn't the first thing that came to mind.
T- Fairly bland. Roasted malts, watered down burnt coffee, a touch of chocolate and a floral hop finish.
M- Light bodied, lively carbonation.
O- I've never had anything from Hockley in the past, this is okay, unfortunately somewhat forgettable.
09-07-2012 00:08:45 | More by korguy123
3.53/5 rDev 0%
Small head that dies to rim bubbles, but they do leave a ring of lace. The color is deep brown where light shines through on the edges.
Earthy and meaty smell. It actually smells like roast beef drippings. Some dark crystal aromas and nearly non-existent hop.
The flavor is better than the smell would indicate. There are elements of a stout (black coffee and burnt grain) and a pale ale (nice hop finish). The body is too thin for any beer, closer to soda. Good aftertaste of mocha and white pepper.
08-21-2012 01:10:37 | More by smcolw
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev +2%
Got this is a taste 3-pack while in Ottawa (the 3-pack cost $8 plus tax). This came in a 473 mL can. I've only ever had one other black and tan (at a taphouse in Vancouver).
This poured with a finger of foamy-soaping head which reduced quickly and leaft no lacing. It has an opaque black body. On the aroma I get mostly licorice but also dark (and cold) coffee and rootbeer. I find the taste to be tangy with the flavours of roasted malts, with the the coffee and licorice. It ends with a hit of hops. I find both the body and carbonation to be low-to-medium but it has a very silky smooth feel. Overall, I find this to be a good pick.
08-16-2012 02:20:56 | More by maclean25
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged on April 12th 2012. Poured into a regular glass mug. Hockley was one of the first Ontario craft brewers I had the chance to try beer from in my student days, and I recall liking most of what I sampled. The B&T is a new one for me, though.
Pours a very dark brown colour, basically opaque with maybe a few reddish-brown highlights. One finger of silky, creamy tan head looks promising at first, but quickly fizzles away, leaving some wisps behind on the surface and not much else. Looks like cold coffee maybe. Roasted malts are really the only specific smell I can pull out of the aroma, and they are of a dark cocoa or roasted coffee-like nature. Timid and inoffensive.
Fortunately, the taste is what matters most - and this happens to taste like a very respectable b&t. The flavours are decidedly on the 'black' side of the dichotomy, with the roasted malts in the aroma becoming greatly magnified on the palate. Bittersweet baker's chocolate and cocoa come to mind, with a few hints of roasted nuts and sweet, dark cherry. Lingering bittersweet burnt malt flavour in the aftertaste. On the thin side of medium-bodied, with relatively low carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy-drinking and very refreshing for a dark beer.
Final Grade: 3.68, a solid B-grade. I'm not going to pretend that I've had a lot of black and tans, because I really haven't. That being said, this is a very good example of what I want from the style. Manages to be relatively interesting in terms of flavour/texture, without sacrificing drinkability.
B&Ts are scarce around here, but if anyone were to ask me to recommend one, this would probably be my first choice. I'll probably get it again at some point, too. People hoping for a sweeter dark beer like typical brown ales or (maybe) some stouts/porters may be disappointed, but I still like what Hockley has done here. Worth a try.
05-25-2012 06:28:30 | More by thehyperduck
Hockley Black & Tan from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.