Hockley Stout | Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Hockley StoutHockley Stout

Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by pootz on 03-15-2007

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - not quite opaque black, just a hint of light passes through, fizzy dark tan head forms, and quickly recedes, no lacing.

S - light roast, lots of malt sweetness

T - light chocolate, smooth roast, bitterness is light and smooth, a bit of sweetness, but it is more reserved than in the aroma.

M - med low carbonation, med low body, it's smooth, but also a little lifeless (watery).

D - definitely for sessioning, an approachable stout, yet has enough character to garner respect.

The sweetness in the aroma threw me off a bit, but the flavour is quite nice. Some (more) flaked barley would likely give it the head retention, body and creaminess that is somewhat lacking. Proof that "light" beers need not be boring (can is labelled 4.2% abv).

Thanks to NASH for the can!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an inky, ruby-black. Like other reviewers have noticed, the head very quickly disappears. Surprising, actually. Only a thin circle around the glass. Kind of sits in the glass like coffee.

The smell is very dark coffee, nuts, a bit of sweetness.

The taste is'nt bad. Up front I'm hit with a coffee an nutty flavour which has an almost buttery character to it. Reminds me of Lion Stout from Sri Lanka. The finish is dry, with a little bit of tinnyness, which is unfortunate. Started to get really tinny near the finish. Once it warms up, it goes downhill.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking. Carbonation is about right.

A passable local stout, probably one of the better locals available on regular LCBO rotation. Still, there's a few serious flaws with it - the metallic after taste and the thinness - that need addressing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last time in Toronto, I picked up a can of this, and brought it home to Edmonton with me. Too bad the beer and the can arrived separately. Somehow, another can's pull-tab had snared the Hockley can's tab, and well, stout-soaked t-shirts, anybody? This time, I'll crack it open on purpose, save myself the trouble...

This beer pours a deep, almost opaque, dark brown, with very slight amber edges, and a number of fingers of puffy, soapy beige head, which leaves a thin ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry coffee, cream, soot, and mild roasted malt. The taste is creamy coffee and chocolate, mixed in with the dry roasted malt, and some mild nuttiness. The carbonation is quite sedated, the body smooth, creamy, and rather full for the style. It finishes, well, dry, with some chocolate, coffee and ash impressions holding on.

I like this beer - the up-front creaminess for the dry, low-alcohol session beer standard is very enjoyable.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A finger of mocha head quickly fades to nothing.

Chocolate, coffee, and burnt toast aroma. Smells appetizing.

It tastes much the way it smells. Coffee and burnt toast, some chocolate, and mild nuts. There's a tiny bit of acidity in the finish, which I find pleasant.

Fairly light bodied with low carbonation. It's easy to throw back, but it feels a little thin. A little more body would be nice.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

like drinking coffee that got cold. Not horrible coffee, but just another thin and dry stout.Fizzy carbonation that helps to generate an acidic undercurrent. Two cups are OK but a litre flip top? Not complex, a passable beer. A bit of roast barley, a dark brown colour and a bubbling transparent amount of head.

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Photo of sailorjacko
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of eat
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of paxkey
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a deep black color ale with a small dirty brown foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light dry bitter coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by some light bitter coffee notes with some nice black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for the style with some medium carbonation. This beer was enjoyable and refreshing and well done for the style.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from Bobsy in a recent trade. Tasted on August 31, 2009.

The color is dark with some red on the edges. Lots of carbonation that we can hear quite easily. The head is form-up with big bubbles. The aroma is roasted malts with some maple syrup... nice. The body is thin. The taste is more roasted malts with some sweetness.

A good beer overall. I like it!

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with very little head and what is there fades away. Very little lacing. They say on the can that it "pours like liquid midnight" so I was expecting a thicker mouthfeel and it to be darker (it is pretty much black to give them credit, but I have seen much darker).

The smell is all malt, coffee and some chocolate. I can't really sniff out anything else.

Tastes of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A good drinkable stout but it falls short in a few places.

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Photo of Brent
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of Antilochus
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 473mL can into a Chimay chalice. Appearance is brownish, cola-like. No head... what?

Aromas are subtle upon first pouring- too cold? Espresso, old coffee, roasted malt, and some floralness on first sniff. Something weird in the background... Tropical fruits? Best guess. On second sniff.. pears and mangoes for sure. I'm going to let it warm up a bit. More oak, vanilla, dark chocolate. Smells good.

Taste is old coffee. The sourness of espresso but a little stale. Medium dry with a toasty finish. Some toffee, grain husks, metal.

No carbonation, pretty chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability isn't so hot because of the weak taste.

Pretty decent stout, I wish it had a bit more head and better taste.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Volo, arrives a dark brown with no head, just a thin collar. Subsequent swirls raise a thin layer of mocha foam but nothing that ever sticks around.

This is a poorly made Irish stout in many regards. First thing that hits your nose and tongue is a smoky (almost bacon) note mixed with a sweet caramel that borders on what I could only think of as cookie dough. Second issue that you notice is the sharp carb that rips through your mouth trying to mask the off flavors and fill your gut with gas. Not much roast in this stout, hint of day old coffee, biscuity malt, hint of dark fruits in there as well.

Nice dryness in the finish that I enjoyed but other than that, not much to write home about here. I would pass on this one.

Edit: Perhaps slightly better in the can, carbonation seems more in check though perhaps still slightly on the heavy side. Less smoke, comes through a little more as roast. More bland than wrong in this format. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle from the LCBO- Pours deep , deep brown, almost black, with some transparency. The head is frothy, beige, and keep for a while. The aromas are mild roasted coffee beans, charred wood, vanilla, nice malt and hops as well. Tastes of roasted malts, some dark chocolate, vanilla extract, coffee beans. FInishes creamy, and just a touch waterier than I prefer. Good beer from this brewer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473 ml tan and black can.
It "Pours like liquid midnight" as per the can. Very dark, basically black, nice creamy tan colored head. Good retention that slowly faded to a thin ring around the glass, thin strings of lace.
Aroma of coffee and chocolate, neither is overly strong. Taste has a lot of coffee and some chocolate malt. Detected some nuttiness as well. Not much sweetness, keeping to the dry stout characteristics. Kind of a thin mouthfeel, not really watered-down, just lightered than expected. Overall this is a good beer, and I would get it again (if I could). Thanks bobsy!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was impressed with Hockley Dark so I decided to give another one of this brewer's concoctions a try. Pours an opaque black colour, accompanied by a modest-sized, dark tannish head. The head was a little short-lived but otherwise quite inviting. The smell is nice but not particularly overwhelming - a hint of chocolate or coffee with a roasty odour about it.

The taste is slightly bitter, with a bit of a roasted coffee flavouring to it. Unfortunately, this is basically it as far as taste goes. The beer seems a little thin/watery for a stout, but at least it goes down smoothly.

There's nothing offensive about this beer at all, but it's a little bland. I doubt I will pick it up again.

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Photo of Max8787
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

High carbonation. Lack of flavour. Easy to drink.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jaz58
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stout, by far is my favorite brew. No matter what time of the year it is, a stout brings joy to my palete and being.

Hockley Valley Stout is a interesting effort. In the glass it is a very deep cola colour and you can't see through it. There was hardly any head when poured.

The nose brought a good hint of roasted malt and caramel.

Tasting the beer hints of toffee, and coffee didn't last long before a good hit of dryness followed by a suble bitterness.

Overall it's not too bad an effort.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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