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
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Photo of traumaqueen
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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 TerryW
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Handsome red chestnut colour, but only a wee bit of a head, some spotty lace.

Slightly sharp on the nose, some sweet caramel, but not much else.

Sweet up front with a bit of a bite that fades nicely to a gentle, lingering bitterness.

Comfortable to drink, but not especially exciting. Nothing really to make me want to go out and buy this one again, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Mit
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a- Pours a dark amber colour with a respectable head.

s-kinda thin smelling. Slight maltiness to the beer.

t-again kinda thin....bready notes very slight coffee flavors coming through.

m-thin..feels like a 4% beer.

d-pretty drinkable...not much to it IMO.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark, almost stout dark to be honest, although dark red and brown can be seen when held up to the light. Started with a solid finger and a half of head, and stuck around for a while, but produced no lace.

Smell: Well roasted malt dominates the nose, with well roasted smoke and charcoal elements. However the is the underpinning scent of black licorice that throws me a bit off. Warming helped it out, but it did decent cold too.

Taste: Well it starts with fairly mild but well roasted malt, but as it goes down, something kicks in to give it a dark chocolate and black licorice taste that I find to be an unappealing mix. Light earthy and fruity hops come and try to save they day, but sadly is just not strong enough to override the mix.

Mouthfeel: I dunno, the carbonation seems to help the whole beer out, which is good but a beer this strong you would think would be thicker and creamier. It shifts between states well, and while I don't like the taste the aftertaste makes a quiet case for itself before leaving, which is nice.

Drinkability: It's somewhere between light and medium bodied, so you could probably put a few back, but it's the taste that is really hamstringing this one. It's just...odd. I mean it just seems to be too thin for something this dark.

Final Thoughts: I really don't think this ale is served well as an English Brown, as it is listed here the malt character just isn't there. It really comes more across as a darker ale to me. After checking the website, this seems to have been what they were going for, a cross between and English Brown and a Mild Dark. I like my browns, and I usually prefer them with sweeter malt then dark and nutty, so black licorice is not what I'm looking for in this style, or frankly any beer.

Edit: Crap, I got it in a can, not a bottle.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of JasonThaler
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -18%

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

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 bigox420
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of NV9
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tall can poured into a pint glass.

Not much head at all to this one and dissipated very quickly with only a little lacing. Very deep red colour.

Some hops evident in the smell, some chocolate aroma too and overall a roasty feel to the smell.

Smooth flavour, roasted feeling in the taste as well, with a slightly bitter finish.

A bit lighter than I expected, easily drinkable, and a solid dark ale.

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Photo of decimator
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one's courtesy of Viggo from the CanBIF #3 this year.

Pours out a deep, deep opaque brown, a splash of beige head that settles indefinitely into a thick creamy cap.

The aroma is somewhat vinuous, licorice and blackstrap molasses with a good dose of brown sugar in the picture.

These characteristics thin out in the flavour profile, and for the most part are displaced by a woody roasted malt and a cafe au lait finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, yet the texture redeems it with a smooth, creamy presentation for the most part.

More remeniscent of a dark ale than a brown, yet either way the malts still rule the roost on this one.

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Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with a thin beige head. Lots of carbonation going on here in the body though. Looks like cola. Aromas are faint malt, coffee, smokey, and caramel. Tastes like coffee, balanced with some sweet malt and some mild nut flavours. FInish is smooth, leaving a nice malt aftertaste. Well done! A lot more enjoyable than the organic lager!

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Photo of Brody1714
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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 MylesMac
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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