Brewed by Hockley Valley Brewing & Malting Company
Style: Brown Ale
Orangeville, Canada


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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Can (500ml). Poured a deep black with ruby edges against a strong light, very clear - an average light brown, creamy head with a few darker spots, fair lacing. The aroma is quite light - chocolate, medium hops, roasted malt and grains, and after a bit of warming interesting roast chestnut and root beer sweetness. Taste is grainy-bitter, semi-sweet chocolate, quite a bit of average strength hop & grain, some vanilla over top of it all. After a balanced start, it heads toward slightly bitter, with a grainy, woody finish. A slightly thick, sticky mouthfeel. A very interesting dark - definitely not a stout or porter - I will buy it again and am proud a southern ontario craft brewer does a good dark beer; it would be lovely on cask!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2005
07.12.05 500ml can, non-nitro. Dark ruby brown, sparkling and clear, under an average sized light brown froth of diminishing suds. Average malts for a brown ale, caramel, toasty nuts; light grass and mild celery with hints of earth and wet leaves. Dr. Pepper notes as well, touches of cardboard and dates. Thin and light body is somewhat mineral, lively. Finish is earthy astringent with a detritus/acid tannic bite. I wish the acid-sourness was more assertive, otherwise itís one of the better canned beers Iíve ever enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
Light malt aroma. Some sourness and malt. Very mouth drying finish. Session ale, drinks well. Not a lot of excitement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
This is not too shabby. Opaque reddish-brown with a fairly small tan head that left the glass lacy like Cagney. Much toasted malts and coffee in the nose, and the coffee/burnt /toffee flavour does linger in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (967) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
This Ale pours a black colour with a tan frothy head. First scents are a little metallic with a scent of dark malt. A little bit of molasass too. First sip is smooth and has a definate molassass taste. Quite smooth but a little watery. Very roasted palate, similar to a weak stout. All in all a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Straightforward brown ale - roasty malts with some caramel and maybe chocolate. Slightly thin and not a lot of character - basic but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2005
500 ml can sampled with ClarkVV and tiggmtl because we just didnít have enough great beer at the Mondial. Dark, clear reddish-brown with a tolíble head...caramel and licorice dominate the nose, at least until the odd metallic-sulfury hints creep in...body is very odd, metals and solvents nearly crushing the caramel malts and hints of yeast (odd), brackish watery characteristics...yet somehow it remains drinkable, like a beaten and bruised and not terribly good boxer going into the ring for one more round against a vastly superior opponent. Of course, he loses...but at least a little respect is due.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
Had this one at an OCAD party. Not a terribly satisfying brown, but it has a great colour despite itís watery palate and flavour. Worth a try to venture through a list of differnt Ontario Brews. Otherwise itís a big watery waste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
Caramel, licorice, grapefruit, light metallic note. Clear, dark brown with a decent tan head that covers throughout and leaves some sudsy lace. Lightly fruity flavour with a nutty character is marred by metallic and solventy notes. Light body is watery with low carbonation. Can sampled with ClarkVV and muzzlehatch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (4436) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2005
2005, I assume, pub can from Sammy, thanks! Orange-amber-brown with a beige head, which is well retained leading to questions of whether there is a widget in there (there isnt). Quite creamy and lasts atop the beer at couple centimeters through most of the glass. No lacing, however. Smells foremost of light caramel, hazelnuts and mineral water, with some notes of anise and light yeast as well. Flavor begins with toffee, biscuits and a simple caramel-additive-like sugar. Citrus and cardboard mix for the finale. Watery to the max. Plant stalks, some earthiness that I wouldnt quite call roast. Tobacco ash mixed in to water on the end, as well, as it gets rather dirty. Forced carbonated mouthfeel, with just tons of wateriness, I must reiterate. Some sweet cherries and toffee linger on the aftertaste.

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