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: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cratez on 06-02-2010

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 30
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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of korguy123
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into tumbler. Part one of their mix pack.

A- Almost completely opaque brown pour. Short lived two finger light tan head. Recedes to thin cap leaving streaks of thin lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate and some weak coffee. The guy below smelled beef au jus. I can kind of see it but isn't the first thing that came to mind.

T- Fairly bland. Roasted malts, watered down burnt coffee, a touch of chocolate and a floral hop finish.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation.

O- I've never had anything from Hockley in the past, this is okay, unfortunately somewhat forgettable.

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

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheHammer
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A body that is pretty much as dark a brown that you can get without being completely opaque. It poured with a finger and a half of frothy looking head, but it vanished in incredibly short order...so fast that I'm inclined to think didn't wash the glass right, no lacing.

Smell: A roasted dark malt smell with touches of dark chocolate and licorice with an almost rum like quality to it. Warming help brings it out a bit more.

Taste: Starts with a stout like dark and bitter roasted malt that brings forward light coffee is complimented by a lighter malt, ended with a bit of an odd mild brush of tonic water and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: That last brush has an odd texture to it, like the carbonation is trying to bring out the least interesting part of the beer. The transitioning is alright but the beer doesn't leave an aftertaste, which is a mixed bag.

Drinkability: Not quite rich enough to be stout interesting, and not quite refreshing enough to be an easy drinker. Kinda reminds me of a dunkel lager, but made far too tame. Easy enough to drink though.

Final Thoughts: All in all, it was an interesting experience, but i wouldn't say I'll be eagerly awaiting my next black and tan. All it all, I think it was a posistive experience, but really the rummy, carbonation note needs some work.

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Photo of MattPS
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of fostachild
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 Seanstoppable
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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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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 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Hockley Black & Tan from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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