Hockley Valley Dark

Hockley Valley Dark

Rated 3.744 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Hockley Valley Brewing Company, Incorporated

Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Brown Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

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Our Brewmaster had a penchant for English ale, so he created something better, combining two styles of ales he fancied while studying and brewing his way across the UK. It’s an ingenius hybrid of a Northern Brown Ale and a Midlands Mild, with a body tweaked to give it a lighter, more North American appeal. Hints of roasted nuts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee combine to make this award winner one of Ontario’s best-selling craft beers.

ID: 14467 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank804
Overall Percentile98.5
Style Rank6 of 1128
Style Percentile99.5
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.893
Weighted Score3.744
Standard Deviation0.303

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  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 3.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    When this came out, it was better than most craft beers available in Ontario, but then, it wasn’t the typical blonde or pale lager all the craft brewers were creating at the time. Hockley Valley Dark pours a clear mahogany colour with a decent sized head. The aroma consists of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes. The flavour is well balanced between the sweet chocolate notes and the bitter chocolate and roasted notes.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    1L bottle with ceramic swivel top from LCBO. Pours a good size frothy beige head and has a dark amber brownish appearance. Pretty decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, hints of vanilla, mocha and coffee. Flavours are pretty sweet and chocolatey. Lots of roasted malt and coffee notes as well as cocoa. Nice sweetness lingers on the palate. Good retention.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Wow, great f-in beer. I honestly said that out loud! Pours a dark brown with reddish hues. Small vanilla colored head fades quickly not leaving much to remember it by. The aroma is excellent, I detect strong sweet roasted malt, raisins and chocolate. Complex aroma and the flavour is the same starting sweet and nutty with lots of roasted malt and some dark fruit aswell. There is an initial flavour I can't quite put my finger on, but it's just awesome. It has a bit of a bitter finish but it's not overpowering. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light to medium bodied feel and medium carbonation. As it warms it gets even smoother and more flavorful. Overall this is a very tasty, very complex, smooth delicious brew. This beer is brewed in the same province I call home and it makes me proud to see such a good beer coming out of Ontario.

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 4.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Poured out a rocky decent sized light brown head with minimal lacing that sits on top of a very deep brown beer. The spotty lacing does continue to be produced throughout the entire time. The aroma is excellent and pretty much like they claim - very nutty, toffee, chocolate, light roast, weak molasses, and a mild cigar smell. The taste is no slouch either with a huge malt presence, toffee, roast, caramel and a well placed and properly portioned tart bitterness. Oh and when warmer near the bottom of my glass I found a mild candy licorice taste. Interesting to note is that the bitterness of the roast never once overpowers the tongue. Light medium bodied, very smooth with an immediate and perfect sweet uprising that fades into the nutty and roasted malt aftertaste. Minor bitter remnants. This is a superior beer looking down on any other I've had before in the style, including those with heavy flavours and usually over bittered like Rogue Nut Brown. In my book this beer makes a serious case for 10's in aroma, taste and overall ratings. In fact, I just changed the aroma to a 10 and seriously contemplating giving this beer a 4.5+ rating. I guess that will have to wait until I get another can, if I ever do. Ha! my review just pushed this into 4th place from 7th for the style on BP. Deservingly so.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A very, very dark beer. The head is thin, and tan coloured. The aroma is caramel and coffee. The flavour is coffee based with a touch of citrusy hops.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    473ml can
    5.0% ABV
    Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
    June 7, 2008
    The beer poured a very dark translucent brown, with some reddish hints. The head was tan coloured, and lasted. The aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, with a sour hint. The flavour was roasted malt, dry cocoa, and a little bit of sourness and bitterness covering the tongue.

  • SIGMUND 6983 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Can, at RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Dark reddish brown colour. Aroma and flavour of moderately roasted malts. Quite nice. Maybe not a piece of genius, but certainly much better than your average swill in a can.

  • SKANADIAN 269 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pour is dark and cola coloured as one reviewer has said. Tan head of fair thickness and retention. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated. Aroma is very malty and some caramel. Toasty malt taste with hops balancing. Not a bad beer, but not the upper tier either.

  • GAZ 69 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Excellent english brown ale. By far the best i've had. Wonderful aroma and excellent mouthfeel. Very rich complex taste..much nicer than newcastle. When im looking for this style again i will pick it up. Well recommended.

  • BEERHAWK 351 reviews
    rated 4.0 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    One of the Best English Ales i have had. Lots of flavour and a very strong bitter attack with tastes of caramel and brown sugar. A bit of carbination to add a bit of an extra kick. Nice aftertaste that stays with you. Very thick brew and its tough to finish a whole can before it gets overpowering but a great brew none the less.

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