Hockley Black & Tan - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
The Hockley Valley Black & Tan was a pleasant surprise and a very easy-going way to start Christmas Day drinking! Served from a can that was part of a multi-pack billed as a dark but surprisingly dark selection, it certainly lived up to its billing.
Appearance was good. There was a rich dark colour that isn't always there in black and tan mixes, with a good, slightly off-white head, which didn't hold quite as long as I would have hoped.
The lack of aroma was slightly surprising and did was the beers most disappointing quality. Gut feeling is that the light beer overpowers the smell of the stout.
In taste terms, Black & Tan is very smooth on the tongue, with good caramel undertones. It is mild to the taste, but we should remember that the whole point of mixing the light with the stout is to smooth out the strong flavours.
I had this served at room temperature and dwelt over it, and had no issues with lingering tastes or furry mouth. For the style, about the right feel, but real stout drinkers should note that they will find it fairly light and fluffy.
Overall, a perfectly pleasant and well-rounded example of a black and tan, but it doesn't set the world alight and make me wish I had more!
12-25-2011 22:19:51 | More by MattPS
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance - very dak brown with a hint of ruby around the edges. Persistent cap of creamy, tan head.
Smell - roasted malt, dark fruit, earth.
Taste - Roasted malt and dark fruits make a repeat appearance, along with buttered bread and a slightly metallic bitterness.
Mouthfeel - aggressively carbonated.
11-06-2011 23:31:49 | More by
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
pours a dark colour, red tints around the edges. nice creamy light tan head. fades quickly and leaves a slight film.
pretty faint smelling but is mostly roasted malt.
taste is malty with a bit of coffee. has a slight roasted/smokey flavour as well.
okay carbonation. overall a decent drink.
09-15-2011 21:19:55 | More by fostachild
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
A - deep brown-red with a decent tan head that dissipated fairly slow
S - sticky molasses and burnt sugars, buttery, mild chocolate, leafy
T - definite stout roastiness with hints of cocoa and cold coffee, tobacco, very light leafy hops
M - medium to heavy body, smooth with a lingering tobacco burnt feel
O - surprised to see this as a packaged beverage, props for creativity, a decent enough drink worth a purchase, but I'd rather have it made at the pub
09-09-2011 02:31:49 | More by joemcgrath27
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Pitch black appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. Smell consists caramel, nuts and chocolate. Picked up malt and coffee as well, good dark combination.
Taste is similar to the smell, consists of coffee, chocolate, caramel, nuts, roasted grain and a hint of malt. Good combination but surprisingly light overall though. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste has a hint of malt, but very dry.
This is an interesting beer, comes off strong but very light tasting. Carbonation makes the beer a little unbalanced, but overall tasty and drinkable. Worth a try.
09-08-2011 07:40:33 | More by CrazyMike
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
A - poured a two finger beige head on top of a deep brown body - subsiding to a half finger collar with sticky patchy lacing
S - sweet malt, notes of caramel and chocolate, with a faint dark fruit
T - not as sweet as the nose and a little dry, again some sweet malt (a little biscuit), some chocolate and fruit, slight bitterness, hint of metal in the finish
M - pretty smooth and dry with plenty of carbonation and a medium body
O - another decent offering from Hockley I grabbed in their summer mixer pack
08-08-2011 15:46:05 | More by Stocean1
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
473ml bottle poured into pint glass May,24,2011
A dark cola with some purple when held to the light, large 3 finger dark tan head has excellent retention and good lacing (no points lost for no layers of color)
S some sweet malt with a little root beer, mild molasses and faint milk chocolate and coffee
T not far from the smell with a little chocolate covered raisin
M fairly thin and watery with enough carbonation to give it some life
O better then I expected and for a style I don't drink I could see myself drinking this again
no reason not to try this one and the price is right so that's a selling point
05-25-2011 05:41:37 | More by wordemupg
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
some changes to the website.
i have made a black and tan before. using the spoon trick to separate the colors of a guiness and bass.
this obviously has no color separation out of the can and it is the only black and tan i have tried from a can.
pours black with no head.
smells like the porter with more emphasis on malt.
nice aromas off this beer. very pleasing and enticing.
coffee grounds, creme brulee.
sharp carbonation nice bitterness in the middle but finishes surprisingly syruppy and sweet.
a little thin and metalic in the mouth as well.
like a coffee candy in my mouth for awhile after the swallow. not unpleasant.
a nice tasting beer. worth checking out.
04-09-2011 00:27:22 | More by paxkey
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
473ml pinstriped can. I infer from the sub-titling on the label that the lighter beer was added to the dark beer.
This beer pours a remarkably clear, very dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy pale beige head, which leaves some stranded atoll patterns of fuzzy lace around the glass as it gradually sinks away.
It smells of sweet bready, caramel malt, earthy bar-top nuts, and mild herbal, earthy hops. The taste shows an uptick in the nutty, toffee-like sweetness, with the same herbal, presently sour, almost musty hops skulking in the background.
The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly inactive, the body a middling medium weight, and smooth, with a slight indeterminate astringency. It finishes still sweet, the weedy, herbal notes further asserting themselves.
A decent enough, robust blend of a beer - except for the dodgy, somewhat unpleasantly pithy bitter character, perhaps. Hard to say exactly from which side of the dual inputs that this originates, but this would be all the more enjoyable in its absence.
02-28-2011 23:50:09 | More by biboergosum
2.85/5 rDev -19.3%
A nice dark brown, nearly black in the glass with a fair bit of medium brown at the edges. Two fingers of creamy beige head that slowly recedes to a half centimetre of stable topping.
Some chocolaty and nutty malt with a subtle dose of piny hops in the mix. Not bad aroma, but a bit dull.
Nutty malt with a hint of caramel to it. A sort of sourness to the middle that lingers. Hops faintly herbal, but mostly seem washed out by the sour sort of flavour. Not really to my liking.
Medium bodied with fairly sharp carbonation. Mouthfeel is alright.
Black and Tans haven't really hit the spot for me yet. This is just an okay beer that really looked good when poured.
02-26-2011 04:08:19 | More by elricorico
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
From a 473 ml can. Pours out a deep brown hue, turns to a deep cola appearance when held to direct light. Creamy, spongy beige head that settles quickly.
The aroma is intense, a toasted nutty chocolate that does nothing but entice.
Toasted, mild roasty malt in the flavour, nuttiness, dry wafery cocoa along with a sweeter chocolate character. Almost a Kaluha-like character on the finish, with some roasty burnt malt in the aftertaste. All very clean.
Medium-bodied, slick thin texture, low carbonation, gets fuller on the swallow.
This one really surprised me, there's a great dark beer hidden away in this can that hits all the high notes for an easy-drinking dark ale. And the abv% keeps it well within session beer range, of which it will make a very satisfying one indeed. I'll be going back for more of this for sure.
02-21-2011 02:45:57 | More by IronDjinn
3.53/5 rDev 0%
Opaque dark-brown body with root-beer highlights. An airy off-white head fades to a ring around the glass.
Tart apple cider, molasses, dark malt, minerals (lots of iron). Smells pretty much as you'd expect.
There isn't as much apple cider coming out in the flavour as I had expected. This mostly tastes like a really light English stout: lightly-roasted dark malt, little molasses, some cocoa-like powdery drying on the finish. There's a hint of apple cider in there but it's mostly covered by the stout half.
Very light body, maybe the lightest bodied dark beer I've had. I guess that's the effect of a half and half mix with cider. Mild carbonation. I think I'd like a thicker body here.
There are no off flavours and the too-light body does come with the benefit of added drinkability. I can't say I'm a fan of black and tan but it is certainly drinkable; I can even see this being enjoyable if you're in the mood for such a beverage.
02-20-2011 19:41:39 | More by eat
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Dark brown with a solid creamy head.
S - Nose is toasty caramel, burnt grains and other roasty aromas. Hints of coffee and cocoa.
T - Dry and not overwhelmingly toasty. I think I see where this is going. Lighter flavour than the color would suggest, but with some solid roast and mild hopping.
M - Light and clean.
D - Pretty good drinkability. Being light and dry makes this an easy quaffer, but the darkness adds some nice flavour.
02-18-2011 00:19:07 | More by allergictomacros
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Appearance - The beer pours a clear black/brown colour with a small size fizzy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and barely any lacing. The head lasted for only 2 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Toffee, chocolate, malts, coffee, metallic notes
Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very low amount of carbonation and it feels watery on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts, coffee, and chocolate. There are also notes of roasted nuts and a slight metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty coffee aftertaste.
Drink - The beer had a nice smell and taste but it came across as too thin and watery. With a little tinkering this could be a really good beer.
01-14-2011 17:38:28 | More by spinrsx
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
For a cold beer on a surprisingly hot day, from my local LCBO, this was not too bad. Pours brownish, with spider with a lacing trail. A significant sour edge that builds up, it is medium mouthfeeled, and sweetish but not too sweet. Has some interesting notes that contribute to drinkability.Malt aroma.
10-26-2010 21:22:50 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
Haven't had a black and tan (aside from mixing light and dark myself) in quite some time so I thought this would be a refreshing change. This poured very dark, almost black. Shining a light to it it's actually a very dark ruby. A slightly tan head when poured subsided to ring around the glass. Very slight lacing is present. Smell is of molasses and roasted grain, very much like a bold stout. Flavor here is really nice, it has the bold flavors from a stout and a refreshing finish of a pale ale. Quite a nice combination since it finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth. Definitely a good dark session beer.
I'll get this one again.
10-25-2010 22:53:06 | More by funkengruven
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
When pouring, it looks exactly like dark cola. Even the fizz, at the start. For some reason, I expected something thicker. The head isn't too tall, but looks creamy when done pouring. It doesn't stay around for long.
A light whiff will give you a sweet malt-generated smell. A deep whiff gives more of a scent of wet pet hair. Mmmm... pet hair. As it warms up, it smells stronger - like a toffee liqueur with some bourbon or something.
The taste is pretty good. It's subtle, but has a few things going on: a bit of black licorice, some nut, a bit of coffee / vanilla. It reminds me a bit of Garrison's Nut Brown, but less nutty. I think the aftertaste and exhale are the best parts.
In the mouth, it feels fine. It's not too rich a feel for the subtle flavour, which is good. It keeps it drinkable. Although it's not very thick, it's not watery either. All in, carbonation included, it's a pretty nice balance.
Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. It would be easy to put a few of these back in a pub or on a deck. Or a couch.
09-19-2010 20:29:25 | More by PEIBeerGuy
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
This cola coloured brew is almost opaque save for the glowing edges that throw off a certain veneer. Tan head is on the dense side, a solid finger looks like it might remain but it slowly disperses leaving a nice ring and thin lacing. Moderately carbonated, bubbles tend to be quite large beneath that dark surface.
There is a toasty, nutty aroma, also some shoe leather. Taste of black licorice dominates, lots of toasted malts, dry finish lingers. This is definately more stout and less pale ale, medium body, substantial taste true to the style.
I think I cellared this can of beer a little too long but overall it still impressed, I'd like to try it fresher next time.
09-07-2010 03:14:04 | More by ThatWineGuy
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
This is decidedly more 'black' than 'tan' and even close inspection right up to the sun discloses little more than a brush of warm brown along its base; the beer's opacity is never in danger of being compromised. Its eggshell-tinted head is not only creamy but is also dusted in a complimenting sepia-like tone. The contrast is most fashionable.
The aroma, again, is overwhelmingly all black and no tan. This smell of bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts and the faint sweetness of cream would be more than acceptable for a Dry Stout; compared with most other pre-mixed black and tans this passes the smell-test with flying colours (those colours all being varying tones of black, of course).
I don't recall neither the Hockley Dark nor the Hockley Stout nor the Hockley Gold being anywhere near this robustly flavoured. What beer(s) they used to make this is anyone's guess? No matter, the mix is favorable: a roasty, very nutty, semi-sweet chocolate-cherry taste gives way to a more neutral, 'lager-ish' (non-)aftertaste.
It is considerably toothsome and, without peeking at the can, I would have considered a solid, sessionable pint of Irish Stout. It is light on the palate, despite its smoky and semi-sweet dark flavours, and lends itself to the pint glass and multiple rounds. It is at once a sociable tipple but worthy also of slower, more contemplative sipping.
Hockley Valley had done two delicious one-offs for a local cask festival, dubbed 'Black Forest Stout' and 'Peanut Butter and Jam Ale', both of which I enjoyed tremendously. This strongly reminds me of them, not the least because it's flavourful, sessionable and appreciably well-crafted. Fortunately, unlike the other two, this is one I can have again!
07-09-2010 23:39:31 | More by biegaman
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
Pours a cola coloured brown with soft burnt red edges. One finger of light tan head tops this beer that doesn't stick around long. Thin, watery patches of lace are left behind.
I really pick up on the characteristics of an Irish Dry Stout in the nose; dry, nutty, burnt, with a bit of molasses as well as some dark fruits, most notably plums and figs and maybe even a touch of floral hops. It's not all that pronounced and it took me a bit to pick up on everything but overall, it's a decent smelling beer.
Nutty, dry, and rich in the front with touches of chocolate and caramel easing their way through. The back and finish lean more towards a lighter fruity side with a light and watery grassy hop kick. Still, the stout in it prevails, but a nice balance is struck between both sides.
Mouthfeel is light, watery, and crisp which in my opinion, takes away from the flavour of the beer. It could use a bit of bulking up but I guess there isn't much control over that when it's just a combination of two styles.
This marks my first Black and Tan and Hockley Valley provided me with a decent interpretation of the style. It's not all that exciting but I find the concept pretty interesting and I'm happy I could get my hands on a rare style. Like I said earlier, the stout in the beer is much more dominant then their golden ale, and I think overall this probably helped the beer. I'd be open to trying other interpretations of the style but probably won't be buying this one again.
07-08-2010 02:12:26 | More by ludachris
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a dark matt brown, almost to the point of being black, with plenty of tan head. Given that it is pre-mixed, it is obviously devoid of the layering effect.
I can barely pick up anything off the nose. Maybe some nuts?
Taste is not bad. Some nutty characteristics are indeed present, and in fact linger. A bit of chocolate like flavor in the background. It feels fairly thick and chewey. Dry finish. Fairly straightforward.
Nothing really remarkable here. Basically an irish stout that has been mellowed out a bit. Not quite my thing, but an interesting change of pace.
06-22-2010 01:44:34 | More by Seanstoppable
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
I ask myself what's the point of a canned black & tan? Am I supposed to pour it over a spoon to split it into its constituent parts? Presumably this particular blend is the decent Hockley Stout, and the less than decent Hockley Gold. Let's see if the stout has the chutzpah to carry this one.
The pour appears to be a nondescript brown until you hold it up to the light, whihc reveals it to be of the deepest ruby wth gold at the edges. A light tand head dies to a patchy film and collar, but not before giving up a few spots of lace. Subdued describes the aroma well. What's there is certainly pleasant, but its far from prominent and fails to serve as a satisfying prologue to a sip. Caramel is the dominant tone, with nut and dry roasted malt behind it, which is more or less how I expected the style to smell.
For such a mediocre style, the Hockley Black & Tan really isn't too bad a beer at all. It clearly shows its Irish dry stout origins, with big dry roasted malts shining through, providing stale coffee and tobacco tones. This is countered by a fruity sweetness, a moderate dose of caramel and some toasty malt. What hops are present don't ptovide any more than a mild wave at the tongue before going to sleep. The palate is pleasing - medium-light with a pillowy carbonation and a lingering dryness.
This is certainly an interesting beer, and in my limited experience with the style, the best I've come across so far. For all the world it strikes me more as a decent English Brown Ale than anything, and a bit better for its subdued sweetness and enhanced dryness. It won't be a beer I'd buy again as it doesn't appeal to my palate, but I think its a great stab at a pointless style, and I can see why people would like it.
Nb. This is rated to style. All things being equal I'd have scored this a lot lower, but for a black & tan its surprisingly decent.
06-16-2010 01:21:38 | More by bobsy
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a dark clear brown with ruby highlights.
Nice puffy sand colored cap lasts and laces well.
Aromas are inhibited but pleasant : roasty nutty maltiness over some grassy hops..clean smelling.
Moderate body chewy mouth feel, roasty-toast-nutty character.
Front side is malt forward you get roast and toastiness some nut-like tones all well balanced with a sturdy pleasing hop bitterness...finish remains roasty-toast with good hop balance then a quick dry bitter end, Very pleasant, very rounded, balanced and finished. Like a porter with more pale malt instead of caramalt or crystal. Very drinkable...a dark sessioner.
06-12-2010 20:33:17 | More by pootz
Hockley Black & Tan from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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