Hornswoggler | The Veil Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Veil Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
theveilbrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,037
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
94
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by psweendogg:
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of durwood64
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcrossan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtreid
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlandy
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of siege06nd
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
2.47/5  rDev -39.3%
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

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Photo of gopens44
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Hornswoggler from The Veil Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 94 ratings