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


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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonaldjames (15) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
Pours caramel brown with a light, dissipating beige head. Aroma of molasses, malts, sweet breads, and subtle vanilla on the nose. Flavour has more molasses upfront with hints of candied sugar, hay, raisin. Light bodied and mildly carbonated. Finishes clean with a pleasant lingering hoppiness. A nice go-to dark ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spankafied (3) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010 does not count
Beautiful full flavor, well suited to rich stews and roasts featuring slow cooked red meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mucca (27) - - JUL 13, 2013
Pours dark with a small tan coloured head. Smooth crisp flavour. Easy to enjoy and one everyone should try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JUN 28, 2009
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 Iíve 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 10ís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2009
A rich rusty dark brown, head went fast, very light. Nose; boiled oranges, nutmeg, grass, mushroom>earth, very malty. Mouth; very mellow, creamy, roast nuts, sweet, layers of complexity. Very nice, very enjoyable. Best brown ale Iíve ever had?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
Sample pack. Mount Albert, Canada. Woody aroma. Is barky a word? This is barky. I dig it; nice and strong, like I was hoping it would be. Great pour, deep mahogany. Solid head. Starts of very well. Very creamy taste - silky smooth. Instant gratification. Woody, malty, choco. a little thin for my liking, but thatís a minor thing. Otherwise, I am impressed by this guy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Poured out of the 500 mL can a really heavy dark tan head of big frothy bubbles. Everything else is a dark, opaque brown with red at the edges. The head hung around for longer than expected, remained a lacy topping throughout. Aroma is mild grassy hops (it gets grassier as it warms), sweet molasses and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with pleasant spicy carbonation thatís more intense than usual. Right away I detect grape sweetness on the tongue, some honey (more as it warms), mild hoppy bitterness. Some roasted coffee beans hang around. In the aftertaste, I get a bit of tangy chocolate. I enjoy this one quite a bit. It goes the extra distance without trying to be too explosive or too showy. Good to have on a warm summer night on the patio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
473 ml can fromt the LCBO. Dark, lots of enjoyable flavors. One of my favorite local beers. I will definetly buy this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalchopz (3095) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Pours a deep red-brown-cola colour with a big creamy tanned head. The retention is quite good and the creamy-foam lacing is great. Aromas of rusty malt, dark malt, mild coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and light, but then again, that is what is written on the can (mild, light body, full flavour). And full flavour it is ! Mild bitterness with chocolate, nut, roasted malt, caramel, molasses and a crisp finish. Hockley Valley Brewing recommends drinking this beer cool, not cold, around 10-12 degrees Celcius. The LCBO site recommends drinking this with BBQ beef, grilled salmon, brown rice or fried shitake mushrooms. Extremely refreshing for a dark ale, great flavours and well recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
A very nice, unusual-looking dark with nuances of black, dark brown and purple concentrating in different areas of the glass. Subtle, pleasant aromas of dark malt, coffee and milk chocolate. Plush, creamy palate is exceptionally smooth. Chocolate flavours abound, and evolve from a milk chocolate beginning to a dark, almost bitter chocolate finish. The type of beer you use to convert a non-beer-drinker into a beer drinker.

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