Hockley Dark | Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hockleybeer.ca

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
151
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.11%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JPNesker
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another bullseye. Spot on for the style. Yeasty esters dominate the nose and sip until the malt hits like a tsunami. Light carbonation and heavy body fooled me into thinking this was pulled from a cask for a second. Bravo! Nice burtonization here, minerality is perfectly executed.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A harmless beverage, really. A type I might have enjoyed years ago, prior to getting to know the discriminating brews from around the world. Alas, this was my first and last try.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nullbort
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Geosuds
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaisell
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SenorBiggles
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid dark ale that's on the mild side, but puts together a nice balance of flavours. I can't find much to complain about here, except that it 's not particularly complex or bold. Aroma and taste are more reminiscent of English ales then the other dark ales I've had from Ontario. which is a nice niche to have filled.

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Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RQuigley
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Day 15 (Beer Advocate.com) Posted Dec 22nd, 2015
This tasting was opened as my Day 15 of beer in my Beer Advent Calendar for 2015. This is the 2nd year my wife has made me one of these and it is a great to open a beer every day.
Hockley Dark - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Number 15 - 473ml can - 5% - n/a IBU
A>4 : Very Dark, with a tan head
S>3.5 Smell is Dark and rich
T>4.5 A bit earthy, very lite smoke. Hint of vinalla
M> 3.5 Med body, taste like two
Oall>4.5 Great beer on a cold night. Real like it

rq @RorQuig

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Photo of 4ster
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JahTurbo
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brondeau
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a pub can of this stuff at the Rogers Centre while watching Blue Jays and Marlins on June 8th, 2015. Pretty good. Better than your average baseball game fare. Would drink more if it weren't C$11.50 for a can.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mick303
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Worked my way through a 1 L bottle solo while brewing a batch with very little trouble, a very nice session ale. Appearance is a dark brown, very clear, with a nice cap of frothy tan head, good lacing.

S - roasty and nutty, chestnut, mild grassy hops. nice crystal malts, cherry notes, and a mild leafy aspect. Mild aroma but balanced with a nice English yeasty aspect as well, giving a slight creaminess.

T - pleasant malt notes with a bit of a tang, nutty (brazilnuts), robust fruity notes, apple and squash almost, mild chocolate mixed in, oranges, some nice floral and spice hops, earthy, with some slight woody notes. Light, refreshing.

M - some sweetness to it, but also a slight hop character, lightly bittered but the hops retain some good character, mild carbonation and the balance is pretty good making this a very nice session ale.

It's not a beer that will be a showstopper, and I would say even the stylistic execution could be fine-tuned for some improvement, this is a bit minerally and a bit overly earthy, but overall it is well balanced and perfectly sessionable while delivering a a really nice malty flavour with hints of the hops and english yeast. Mild and unassuming, this makes a pretty solid session offering.

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Photo of MrNoah
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wajohnst
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Logan12321
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JasonThaler
3/5  rDev -18%

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Hockley Dark from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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