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


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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalflake (73) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2015
Can from the LCBO. Poured into a pint glass, deep brown ale with reddish highlights around the edge of the glass. 1cm beige head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of molasses, chocolate and leather, with some ripe dark fruit in there as well. Floral hoppiness, not too pronounced. Sweet and nutty. Thin and slick on the palate, lightly carbonated. Warm alcohol finish, but not too powerful. Nothing that really wows, but eminently drinkable. I could session this one easily.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (11796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2015
473ml can. A "dark" ale, has the same marmite-like english yeast character of the 3 beers in their mix pack, maybe the most palatable of the 3 along with the golden, still nothing notable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
473 mL can. Pours moderate to dark brown with a thin cap of white head. Nose is leathery cocoa, sweet malt, nut and dark bread. Mildly herbal. Light sweetness followed up with a touch of roast and mild hop bitterness. Light bodied with modest carbonation. A nice brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lux_edwards (290) - - AUG 15, 2015
Can. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter. Overall good beer.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1513) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Cant beleive I never rated this one before. Brownish pour with a fast head. Molasses and caramel aroma with a hint of sweet vanilla. Medium body a tad sweeter than expected and has a sort of light vanilla cake or vanilla cola profile. Not as bad as I thought this would be. Light and thin on texture and lasting power. P

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (457) - - MAY 16, 2015
Tangy, effervescent and sweet, dark Amber brown with barely any head. Quite a taste of candy sugar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Pours a dark ruby-black with a large light-brown rocky head. The aroma, which I really like, is of roasted malt, milk chocolate and caramel. The flavour starts with roasted malt and caramel then ends with a nutty lightly bitter taste. Nicely balanced with a good amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (405) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
LCBO can. Pour clear but dark brown, almost black. Nose is rosted caramel malt, molasses. Taste has some mild citrus, molasses. rosted malt, fruity. Nice and sessionable for sure.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brleo (78) - - SEP 25, 2014
An interesting beer, this one. For some reason Im reminded of Guinness Extra Stout or a porter of some kind... Appearance is a very dark brown with a decent head. Aroma is not very enticing to me - quite hopped and sharp. Taste, however is full-flavored and hearty - a solid dose of hop bitterness mixed with a deep roasted malt flavor and hints of licorice. A bit too much of a hop punch for me, but for someone who wants to try Russian stouts and the darker porters but is a bit scared too, this is a good choice. Palate is lingering, bitter, smoky and pungent. Overall, it tastes nothing like other Brown Ales such as the famous Newcastle Brown, but rather more like a light version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Worth a shot for sure.

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