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:
#6,878
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
93
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 93
Photo of acurtis
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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 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 Boone757
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
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 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 BEER88
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DVMin98
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dfhhead25
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 BMart
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of malfunxion
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 lupercmda
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hornswoggler from The Veil Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 93 ratings