Hockley Black & Tan | Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Hockley Black & TanHockley Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cratez on 06-02-2010

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of eat
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of elricorico
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of StormAles
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stocean1
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of paxkey
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ludachris
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SebD
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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: 3.61, 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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Hockley Black & Tan from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 53 ratings