Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Hobgoblin By Wycwood Brewery, Witney, Oxfordshire, England, pours a deep mahogany from a 500ml clear glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head of light tan foam went to about two fingers before collapsing to a full cover of fine foam with very thick lacing foam along the sides of my 26oz beer glass.
Nose is of caramel and chocolate. Palate is bitter thin chocolate and light sweet malt.
The level of carbonation adds to the overall mouthfeel, for a refreshing taste of Mother England.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2005 23:44:36 | More by BeerBob
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2.63/5 rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
I tried out this beer several times and probaly it was never meant to work just for me. Its overall appearence was pretty attractive, it looked like any classic strong dark ale really should look like. If I recall it correctly, its smell combined slight notes of caramel and coffee together, which wasn't bad in itself as well. But what didn't strike me too well was the taste of this beverage. Unfortunately enough, every sensation supposed to derive from Hobgoblin became overshadowed by a strong bitterness which couldn't be associated with barley, malt or whatsoever. It truly had an awful alcohol-like bitterness about it and an even worse aftertaste, which almost ruined the whole picture of this ale for me. To be honest, I've had a hard time drinking it as well as finishing the bottle. The quality of this ale might have depended on storage conditions and the time it had to spend on the shelf. Still I'm afraid it couldn't have affected the taste badly.
I must confess I've also tried several other Wychwood varieties including Scarecrow (ex-Circlemaster), Fiddler's Elbow, Black Wych, and Wychcraft. Hobgoblin is by far the least interesting and captivating blend of them all. This, in fact, surprises me greatly (as the brewery itself considers it to be its flagship or core product).
I'm terribly sorry, as I know I'm treating this beer rather callously, but 2.63 is probably the only mark I can give to this ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 09:11:44 | More by stoutscout
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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