Hornswoggler
The Veil Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #159
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,281
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.49%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
96
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The Veil Brewing Co.
 
Virginia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Robust Chocolate Milk Stout. Named after one of the creatures that eats Oompa Loompas. This robust milk stout will be full bodied, creamy, milk chocolate, and not overly sweet. Expect variants(Coffee? Cookies?), including an imperial version that may or may not be barrel aged.
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blurring the lines of dessert and beer has The Veil Brewing Company's chocolate milk stout at the crossroads of too much additional flavors and absolute seduction in taste.

Very dark brown and perfectly opaque, Hornswoggler pours with a frothy mocha creme and an abundance of cookie and cream aromas. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee and walnut waft about the nose in full anticipation of that first sip of silky smooth chocolate, sweet cream, molasses, caramel and amaretto.

As the stout evolves, the middle palate becomes fully saturated in the beer's lush maltiness and pillowy sweet textures. Bittersweet chocolate trends like malted milk candies on the middle palate while a backdrop of coffee, walnut, toast and toffee offer both balance and symmetry. The bitterness of extended coffee and walnut oils give a glimpse into the world of beer long after a milkshake conclusion has by far been made.

Full and lavish on the tongue, the beer's bittersweet balance holds firm from nose to finish, giving a lush dessert-like impression all along the way. An alcohol spice of amaretto soothes the throat and allows the dark ale to glide into a chocolate liquor afterglow of satisfaction.

Aug 07, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hornswoggler - The Veil
Chocolate Milk Stout - 7% abv

L - trace mocha head atop a black body.

S - chocolate, vanilla, roast, molasses.

T - sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, a little coffee, lactose, marshmallow, graham cracker. Low bitterness, medium sweetness, low booziness.

F - medium body with barely any carb.

O - love the taste of this one. Seems wrong to call it a Milk Stout, since it’s got so much more going on than that.

May 20, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.47/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Can't make out the bottom of the can ....kky blend ?/?/18

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a big creamy looking two finger dark chocolate head that fades shockingly quick to leave no lacing and only light wisps.

S - Big cold brew coffee aromas, sweeter bakers chocolate, nice lightly roasted malts.

T - Taste is enormous acrid burnt coffee roast. No chocolate at all, no lactose either. Incredibly bitter burnt coffee flavour. Like someone poured a cold, old pot of diner coffee in to a glass.

M - Mouthfeel is rather light on the carbonation, medium bodied. Comes across as very thin though.

O - Overall...what happened here? I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had from Veil and this one is a puzzler. I'm not sure if it was old or what but its was just all acrid, burnt coffee and no chocolate whatsoever on the taste. A coffee bomb would be fine, but that's not what this is sold as and certainly not with this aroma/flavour of coffee. Huge disappointment.

Serving Type: Can

Apr 18, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black color with a small brown head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Pretty much what I expected.

Aroma is like cold pressed coffee. Tons of burnt coffee grinds, charred wood, peat moss, espresso beans, tobacco, cocoa nibs, more coffee and tons of chocolate. A really impressive nose, I love coffee and this is awesome smelling, very rich.

Tastes like cold pressed coffee as well, with burnt coffee grinds, espresso beans, roasted malts, charred wood, campfire smoke, dark chocolate, soy sauce, molasses, piney hops, charred oak, peat moss, burnt marshmallows, chocolate milk or chocolate syrup and very mild booze. Super smooth, thin and extremely easy to drink. An overall outstanding brew.

Feb 09, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A rare (currently, for me) CAN Trade netted this one as an extra! It was totally unnecessary, but totally appreciated for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Recycle or Die!"; "Keep Cold - Drink Today!"

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, leading to the age-old question: inverted Glug or gentle Glug? Exacerbating the CANundrum was the fact that it was in a pint CAN. I went for it, simply because I wanted to watch the pseudo-cascade. This was a reminder to me to take it easy in the future as nothing seemed to be happening & then it suddenly erupted filling the remaining glass space with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-brown head that slightly broached the lip of the glass, requiring a little clean-up action. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a dark chocolaty semi-sweetness to it, which was interesting since milk stouts tend to be much sweeter. Mouthfeel was big, thick & heavy, like a dollop scooped onto my tongue. The taste was chocolaty, but not really sweet, nor was it as bitter as baking chocolate. It was a nice departure from what I usually experience in the style, plus since I do not really enjoy sweet stuff anyway, it made it all the more palatable. Finish was semi-sweet since it was not anywhere close to semi-dry, but it was still a lot less sweet than many/most (?) other Milk/Sweet Stouts that I have had.

Dec 08, 2017
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sevreng from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured ink dark and sticky - most promising - but the head disappears immediately and the beer felt flatter than it should be. Better as it hits room temperature, but more boozy chocolate than chocolate milk. Save the carbonation and warm this up by drinking from the can, not worth the glassware.

Dec 02, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. Smells and tastes of robust dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of char. As the beer warms there is more sweetness from the chocolate but still not milk chocolate. Thick, creamy mouth feel, lightly carbonated, medium to heavy bodied.

Oct 14, 2017
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woemad from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can from a box from Gopens44. Canned on July 5, 2016, per the stamp on the bottom of the tallboy can, which also has "candy man can" stamped just below the date.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, looking black and viscous going in, this was the color of an eclipse, even when held up to light. Virtually no head at all, and no lace. Just looked like a glass of crude oil.

Bitter, charred malt aroma. If there's chocolate, it's of an extremely dark variety. A slightly briney note as well, almost like what I'd expect from an oyster stout.

The chocolate steps out of the shadows in the taste. It's still a dark chocolate, but it's considerably higher in the mix than the nose led me to expect. There's also a slightly acidic, lactic thing happening, along with some briney, soy sauce notes and some light, prune-y dark fruit flavors.

Rich, velvety, coating mouthfeel, though carbonation is too low.

Pretty good, with a few quibles. While it didn't exactly live up to it's billing (maybe dark chocolate milk stout instead of milk chocolate stout?), and maybe could've looked a little better when sitting in the glass, this would make a pretty good dessert beer, but I think I'd prefer it in a 12oz serving, with a little more carbonation and maybe a little less of the briney, soy saucy notes. Still, it's pretty tasty. Kinda wish I'd saved it for after dinner. Thanks for the opportunity to try a fairly unique beer, gopens44!

Sep 12, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had to force pour to get this deep, copperish brown head. Otherwise it's a deep black, almost shiny beer.

Chocolate smell for certain. Outside of that, there was an earthy hop aroma that faded off after a few minutes.

Tastes as advertised, with chocolate being the star and an earthiness underneath. No heat whatsoever and just a touch of sweet yet bitter aftertaste, like dark chocolate.

I'd almost knock this for being wicked thin but it honestly makes this incredibly drinkable.

Jul 18, 2016
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

2.67/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany to black color. no head whatsoever, just a few tan bubble coming up with an aggressive pour. slight viscosity left behind on the glass when swirled around. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: chocolate milk, with some cold brewed coffee mixed in. some dark fruits.

Taste: huge chocolate milk taste, but the coffee in comes as more a spent coffee ground taste than in does in the nose. sharp syrupy sweetness comes in with dark fruits. slight bitterness and earthiness near the end.

Mouthfeel: heavy but boozeless. sticky and cloyingly sweet. practically still (have tried both on cans and on draft. light creaminess to it but nothing like the style would suggest.

Overall: this is my first let down from The Veil and I have tried most of what they've put out so far. There beers are often low on carbonation but I have enjoyed it on all the others, where this just comes off as lifeless. and then to talk about the flavors, the coffee taste doesn't quite come out to what it should be and the chocolate milk and dark fruit combo just don't work in any way.

Jul 10, 2016
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful pitch black, with a nice mocha head. Chocolate all the way on the nose and taste. Not milk chocolate, but a rich, dark chocolate. I'm getting some feint coffee notes, but this is primarily a chocolate bomb. The mouthfeel is excellent, as is the soft carbonation. Definitely hits the mark for me as a chocolate milk stout.

Jul 10, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil, zero light penetration. What head forms is dark, mocha - not tan or light in any way. Recedes pretty quickly and no lacing but that color is gorgeous.

Nose is relatively typical of a sweet milk stout - chocolate, roasted malts.

Flavor is fantastic, but again pretty typical. Nice bitter balance from the hops here but it's a stout through and through - chocolate, coffee, malty goodness.

Feel is nice - really dense viscosity here. But really full and tight carbonation lifts it off the palate well. Really nice stout from folks known for the IPAs.

Jul 01, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is oily thick and jet black, with only a hint of wispy tan head that quickly settles out. Aromas of rich chocolate forward, milk sweet, but with some bitter notes, too. Solid roast coffee aromas, as well as some rich sweet cream. Very dynamic and balanced nose. Flavors are rich and creamy milk chocolate forward, dark and slightly bitter, but still the sweet and creamy characteristics overall, followed by subtle roasted coffee notes in the backbone. This is unbelievably creamy and smooth in mouth, almost like a milkshake. The aftertaste is all chocolate. The good chocolate, too. None of that Hershey horsehit...this is delicious. It's an aftertaste that you really want to just have hang out on your taste buds for a long, long time. Smooth, rich, creamy, layered finish. What a great beer!

Jun 10, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with not much head(/brown) khaki. Aroma of bitter chocolate, sweet toffee, caramel, brown sugar, very slight espresso.. Flavor is same as aroma with big chocolate notes and some smooth coffee. There seems to be some influence from the yeast.. dark fruits and such.. or maybe malts.. blends so well its hard to tell.. this is a good thing. The feel of this beer is amazing..med-full bodied, very light carbonation and chewy for a 7% ABV stout. I've heard many people say this beer is thin, but it is a 7% milk stout, not a 13% Imperial milk stout (ala Hardywood which many around RVA are accustomed to), and this needs to be taken into consideration. You are talking about using HALF the amount of grains in brewing this compared to a beer that big. Whole different concept and style of beer. This beer has tons of flavor for what it is, and you can drink multiple glasses in one sitting. I believe this to be the whole point. The light carbonation and dark chocolate presence really makes it seem like drinking a high quality dark chocolate milk with a kick. Just a superb job with this one and happy to see it will be making it into the regular rotation. These guys impress me on a weekly basis. Can't wait for the variants!

Jun 08, 2016
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