Hornswoggler
The Veil Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #160
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,321
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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SCORE
91
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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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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
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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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JonB25 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 27, 2019
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Houser from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2019
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TheWolf from Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 28, 2019
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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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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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durwood64 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 20, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 16, 2017
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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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psweendogg from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2016
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 08, 2017
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bcrossan from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 01, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Dec 17, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2018
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Gtreid from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 02, 2016
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billab914 from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 10, 2016
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waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 06, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 20, 2017
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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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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sep 18, 2017
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atlandy from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 22, 2017
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liamt07 from Canada

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 23, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2016
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petermethot from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 11, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 16, 2017
Hornswoggler from The Veil Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 96 ratings